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Tag: Hilltop Kitchen Tacoma

July
11th

Sip on this: Summery cocktails from Hilltop Kitchen and Smoke + Cedar

One of Dean Shivers' signature cocktails, an Old Smoky at Tacoma's Smoke + Cedar restaurant. Drew Perine/Staff photographer
One of Dean Shivers’ signature cocktails, an Old Smoky at Tacoma’s Smoke + Cedar restaurant. Drew Perine/Staff photographer

With summer heating up, so is my thirst for cocktails. Recently, I encountered two lounges with cocktails worthy of your attention. My first stop was Smoke + Cedar for the smoky creations of Dean Shivers, lead bartender at the new Tacoma restaurant. My second stop was Hilltop Kitchen, the Tacoma lounge with a menu of Latin-leaning sippers. Read on. Read more »

June
17th

Taco Tuesday in Tacoma: Try these from Hilltop Kitchen and Social Bar and Grill

Asparagus tacos from Hilltop Kitchen in Tacoma.
Asparagus tacos from Hilltop Kitchen in Tacoma.

With bars everywhere serving up taco Tuesday specials, I thought it time I started an occasional taco Tuesday spotlight. I’m searching beyond those ground beef tacos with the crunchy shells to find tacos with bigger flavors, better ingredients.

Today’s taco trip takes me to Hilltop Kitchen for veg-friendly candied lemon peel and asparagus tacos and tender-as-they-come steak tacos at Social Bar and Grill. Read more »

July
26th

First sip report: New bars opening all over Tacoma this summer

Scott Jobe and his wife, Christina, enjoy a Saint Florian IPA, from Silverdale, and Strongbow, English cider, at Triple Play in Tacoma. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer
Scott Jobe and his wife, Christina, enjoy a Saint Florian IPA, from Silverdale, and Strongbow, English cider, at Triple Play in Tacoma. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

Consider this the summer of new nightclubs and bars in South Sound: Several new clubs have opened and more are on the way. Entertainment in the form of live music never looked better in the city.

What’s opened: Triple Play opened in June, a sports bar and live music venue on Sixth Avenue. The revamped 1022 South J also opened in June, in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood. The martini bar 502 Downtown has had a soft opening the past three weekends with live blues and jazz, and nearby Keys on Main has just opened its dueling piano lounge.

What’s next: Hilltop Kitchen, the lounge from cocktail mastermind Chris Keil, who got his start at 1022 South and Monsoon Room. Also, check back for a report on new places to swill brew. Narrows Brewing just opened its taproom, and the Bonney Lake taproom and bottle shop NW Caps N Taps just opened. Additionally, The Forum in Puyallup opened a week ago. Read on for brief reviews. Read more »