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Tag: Kyle Wnuk


Second bite: Tacoma’s Marrow offers a sophisticated yin-yang menu of unusual meats and vegetarian fare that doesn’t read gimmicky

Marrow chef Kyle Wnuk shows off the restaurant's ostrich/duck sliders with co-owner Jaime Kay Jones providing the spirits. Photo by Dean J. Koepfler / Staff photographer

However you view Marrow, the sophisticated new restaurant on Sixth Avenue, there’s one common theme: It strives to be approachable.

It’s a restaurant with a chef who has created a menu of meaty ingredients unfamiliar to Tacoma – roasted bone marrow, goat, oxtail, ostrich and bison. And there’s a dissonant undercurrent at Marrow: The meat-centric restaurant, named after its signature dish of bone marrow, unexpectedly also caters to vegetarians.

The 50-seat restaurant is stylish in a minimalist way – think Nordic austerity – with a spare aesthetic set against vibrant red walls and a soundtrack that pulses electronica. Butcher block tables, aluminum chairs, cork-and-mirror artwork and polished concrete floors feel clean and crisp, softened by playful chandeliers that are cluster clouds of naked light bulbs.

It seems perpetually full of Tacoma’s gritty hipsters. It’s the kind of restaurant that seems as if it should intimidate suburbanites, but it doesn’t. (Just don’t bring the kids – it’s 21 and older only.) It’s loud when at capacity and is vibrantly social by design. Tables are closely placed, with a communal table near the bar meant for sharing. Read more »


Open on Sixth: Tacoma’s new Marrow restaurant opens with a menu of unusual proteins and elevated vegetarian cuisine

Marrow Kitchen Bar opened Tuesday in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue restaurant district with a menu of unusual proteins and a companion vegetarian menu elevated to a fine dining level I’ve never seen in a Tacoma restaurant.

I spoke with owner Jaime Kay Jones this morning and she said the first few opening days have trended smooth and already diners have picked a few clear winners on the menu – the oxtail cake, vegetarian risotto and duck, for starters, but more on that in a moment. Read more »


Burger watch: Dirty Oscar’s Annex in Tacoma and Gourmet Burger Shop on the Key Peninsula

Dirty Burger at Dirty Oscar's comes with tomato jam on a pretzel-shaped bun. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

One is a bar, the other is a burger shack. Both make decidedly upscale burgers with value in mind. Certified Angus beef, fresh-cut fries – magic words for burger and fries lovers. They sucked me in, and I left impressed. Dirty Oscar’s Annex on Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue and the Gourmet Burger Shop in Gig Harbor both opened in recent months. Both should be on your burger radar. Click “more” to read about them.

NEXT WEEK: I’ll tell you about four more burgers you should put on your burger radar. I’m out of the office on leave next week (I advance wrote the blog posts just for you!), but will return June 13. Until then, if you have rumors to check out, or restaurant tips to give, post ‘em here. Read more »