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Tag: La Tarasca Centralia


Chile rellenos: Seven stops in search of a poblano paragon

Prompted by a reader query, dining critic Sue Kidd goes searching at seven South Sound Mexican restaurants for the perfect poblano rellenos.


Finally opening in Puyallup – El Toro Mexican Restaurant on Canyon

For years, a sign just off Canyon Road in Puyallup advertised the future home of El Toro, a chain of Mexican restaurants operating in the South Sound since 1979. Years passed, there was no activity, no construction at the site. Just that weathered sign. Ruben Arias Jr. whose father Ruben Arias Sr. founded the chain, said he received so many emails and calls, he could not  respond to a fraction of them. The emailers and callers kept asking the same thing – are you ever going to open?

The answer is yes. El Toro is opening. The 160-seat restaurant should be fully running in the next few days. Read more »


Delicious downtown: Centralia boasts restaurants worth the drive

The Bocatta Deli  and Market on Tower Street in downtown Centralia. (TONY OVERMAN/Staff Photographer)
The Boccata Deli and Market on Tower Street in downtown Centralia. (TONY OVERMAN/Staff Photographer)

When I mentioned to a friend that I had just returned from a great meal in Centralia, I got the weirdest response. Did I order sweet potato fries with my burger at Burgerville? No. No, I did not. But I did find the finest mole you’ll ever eat and a pizza with an ethereal crust.

Guess what, eaters? Centralia’s downtown is home to stellar restaurants, but you have to point your car east – away from the fabulous Burgerville and outlet shopping – and head toward the Amtrak station, which, by the way, is an excellent way to explore downtown Centralia. Check out Rosemary Ponnekanti’s story on Page 2 about that very topic. Today, I’m going to tell you about restaurants worth the drive or train ride to Centralia – La Tarasca, Boccata Deli and Market and the Olympic Club. Read more »