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Tag: Lakewood dining

Feb.
14th

Edible gifting: Handmade, locally made truffles for Valentine’s Day

The Sonsie Chocolatier, Edie Rahlf , makes handmade artisan truffles at the French Hen Bistro in Lakewood.
The Sonsie Chocolatier, Edie Rahlf , makes handmade artisan truffles at the French Hen Bistro in Lakewood. Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer

Edie Rahlf’s chocolate truffles mirror her sense of humor – delightful and cheeky.

Take, for instance, the most rollicking flavors: A tickle of coconut milk with a note of lemongrass. A pop of peppercorn followed by a tiny push of lemon. Strawberry licked with balsamic vinegar.

Her two-bite truffles create movement on the palate – first, a deeply delicious coating of chocolate, followed by a tease of heady aroma and a touch of something sharp.

Move down her product line and find more muted flavors with a traditional approach. Dark chocolate with a burst of Grand Marnier. A simple citrus-tweaked lemon truffle. Her mint truffles appeal to kids and grownups.

She makes truffles with dark or milk chocolate – even some in white chocolate.

In all, she has more than 20 flavor combinations for Sonsie Chocolatier, the secondary business she has operated simultaneously with her French Hen Bistro in Lakewood since 2008. (See a list below of other local confectioners that make for great last-minute gift giving). Read more »

Jan.
14th

Babblin’ Babs on the move – the Proctor cafe finds a home in Lakewood

Pictured here in this 2010 file photo is William Mueller of Babblin' Babs, which recently announced it's moving from Proctor to Lakewood. Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer
Pictured here in this 2010 file photo is William Mueller of Babblin’ Babs, which recently announced it’s moving from Tacoma’s Proctor neighborhood to Lakewood. Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer

If there was one constant theme at the Proctor neighborhood’s Babblin’ Bab’s Bistro, it’s that there never was enough seating. Years ago, the neighborhood cafe outgrew its cramped 900 square foot quarters.

The bistro known for only serving breakfast and lunch frequently had weekend breakfast lines out the door, something that chagrined owners William and Shannon Mueller, who worried about the amount of business they lost because of their lack of seating.

The cramped interior held only a handful of tables, even after the bistro turned a tiny side room into additional seating. The kitchen was outfitted with the bare necessities and was about the size of a walk-in closet with an annex area for storage.

Dec. 29, the Muellers served their last meal in their Proctor cafe. They’re destined now for a space more than three times the size of the original Babblin’ Babs, which they opened as a 14-seat bistro in 2006 (it operated as a Dinner Solutions before that). Read more »

Oct.
22nd

Now open: Memo’s Mexican in Lakewood

A carnitas taco at Memo's Mexican restaurant in Lakewood.
A carnitas taco at Memo’s Mexican restaurant in Lakewood.

Now open in Lakewood – Memo’s, a fast food Mexican restaurant that advertises 24-hour dining.

Memo’s is new to the South Sound and part of a chain with locations in Seattle, Everett and Yakima. A second South Sound Memo’s is expected to open at 1703 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. Read more »

May
28th

Store grazing: HMart in Lakewood, now home to Olive Bakery

A bun filled with sweetened bean paste from Olive Bakery.
A bun filled with sweetened bean paste from Olive Bakery.

The Olive Bakery, specializing in Korean and Japanese pastries, has moved a few blocks to a new Lakewood home inside HMart, which opened in March on South Tacoma Way.

Olive Bakery specializes in dessert pastries.  A first-time visitor should look for sweet potato filled buns and fried sesame balls filled with red beans. The bakery’s new home looks more modern and has more seating compared to its former tiny storefront. Read more »

Feb.
6th

Burger restaurant DeLong’s Deluxe opens today in Lakewood

DeLong’s Deluxe is a walk-up burger restaurant opening in Lakewood today. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The walk-up burger restaurant DeLong’s Deluxe opens today in Lakewood. The restaurant is from retirees Tim and Marie DeLong who came up with the idea in their Milton kitchen. Read more »

Jan.
31st

House of Donuts reopens in Lakewood

Lakewood’s House of Donuts has reopened. The bakery with the iconic neon “Donuts” sign on Gravelly Lake Drive Southwest closed Dec. 31 and reopened Sunday after three weeks of renovation by new owner Tom Peterson, who bought the business, recipes and land from longtime owner Marilyn Cheatham.

The Cheatham family had operated and owned the business for more than 50 years, but leased it in recent years to Dan McCarthy. The family also operated three other doughnut and coffee shops in Tacoma. Read more »

Jan.
28th

New burger restaurants on the way – DeLong’s Deluxe in Lakewood and Shake Shake Shake in Stadium

Pick-Quick reopens from its winter hiatus Feb. 1. Also in February, two burger restaurants are planning to open.
Pick-Quick reopens from its winter hiatus Feb. 1. Also in February, two burger restaurants are planning to open. File photo from February 2011

February is shaping up to be the month of the burger for South Sound diners. Two retro-style burger restaurants plan February openings – DeLong’s Deluxe in Lakewood and Shake Shake Shake in the Stadium neighborhood. Additionally, here’s good news for Pick-Quick fans: The Fife burger restaurant reopens Friday from its annual two-month winter hiatus. Also at the end of this blog post, I have an update about Jubilee – a Lincoln neighborhood burger restaurant that closed in November and has been rumored as reopening. I’ve also got an update for diners on the Gourmet Burger Shop – the restaurant’s move to downtown Gig Harbor has been delayed to March. Read on. Read more »

July
4th

Sixty years and still going: Galloping Gertie’s in Tillicum

Gertie Rice was a woman who loved gambling and St. Patrick’s Day. She was best known as the Gertie behind the iconic South Sound restaurant, Galloping Gertie’s.

While Gertie’s children usually celebrate their mother’s life on her favorite holiday in March, this year they moved the celebration to July. It’s the month that Gertie opened her Tillicum neighborhood restaurant in 1952 and also the month she died in 1991 at the age of 83. Through Friday, to celebrate their mother and 60 years of business, Galloping Gertie’s will sell 60 cent burgers, fries and sodas and offer other specials as a thank you to Gertie’s customers. Read more »