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Feb.
3rd

Rise and shine: South Sound bars with weekend breakfasts worth a visit (breakfast cocktails optional)

Pulled pork hash from Dirty Oscar's Annex. Photo by Peter Haley/Staff photographer

Depending upon your dining preferences or the bar you frequent, breakfast at a watering hole can be a cultural odyssey or a gritty journey. I maintain that both can be equally delightful if you have a curiosity for interesting bar food that comes with a funky atmosphere and clientele. To my surprise, I had no trouble finding bars and restaurants widely known for their late-night shenanigans that also produce quality eats from the weekend morning griddle – in copious, delicious quantities. Here are five “bars” with breakfasts worth a try. I didn’t even graze the surface of what’s available for bar breakfast dining. You’re welcome to comment and let other readers know about your favorite bar for breakfast. Read more »

Dec.
22nd

Asado branches out: Tacoma’s Museum of Glass gets new cafe called Choripan by Asado

The Museum of Glass will have a new cafe next month, and the operators are familiar to local restaurant watchers. By mid-January, X Group restaurants will open Choripan by Asado, a café featuring “an approachable take on Argentine street food.” The cafe will be an extension of the concept at the restaurant group’s Sixth Avenue Argentine restaurant, Asado (sister restaurant Masa is across the street, and the group also owns Engine House No. 9).

X Group Executive Chef Joel Mertens told me by email he currently is designing the menu. Read more »

Nov.
4th

Yum on a bun: Five more Tacoma bar burgers to try before you die

Pacific Grill duck sausage sliders. Photo by Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

It took months and three bottles of Tums to recover from last December’s bar burger series. Remember that? I wrote about the 20 burgers you have to eat before you die (or die trying).

This time, I took a considerably smaller bite out of Tacoma’s bar burger footprint: Five more bar burgers you should add to your list of must-try-or-die burgers around town.

Just don’t tell your doctor before you embark on your eating project. Click “read more” to see my top five bar burgers of the moment. Read more »

June
6th

Burger radar: Masa burger. A burger with fried cheese. Need I say more?

The Masa burger is a flavor weapon of mass destruction. Be prepared for big flavor if you take a bite out of this.

In case you missed it, way back in December, I went on a mission to find the best bar burgers. That resulted in 20 bar burgers you have to eat before you die. This week, I’m coming back to visit more burgers suggested by readers (you can read about other reader suggested burgers here).

Today’s featured burger: The Masa Burger.

Click “more” to read about this flavor bomb of a burger.

YOUR TURN: Comment below to nominate your favorite burger in town for Burger of the Month Club. Read more »

July
29th

Do you dare eat food as big as your head?

Don’t Be A Chicken! This massive plate of food is served at the Buttered Biscuit in Sumner. Do you dare to eat food as big as your head?

Maybe it’s because of the television show Man v. Food. Maybe it’s just a kitschy restaurant trend. But big food is getting bigger and bigger. Something I’ve noticed recently is that challenges have sprung up around big eating in Tacoma. The challenges vary at each restaurant, but go something like this: Eat a certain dish of food in a certain amount of time, and it’s free. Eat the whole thing and get a T-shirt. Or at the very least, you’ll get your picture on a wall for finishing a gut busting plate of food.

I did a search around town and found burger challenges with burgers that weigh in at five pounds and upward. I’ll have a feature about those five burger challenges in tomorrow’s GO entertainment section. But for now, here’s a look at big food I’ve found on South Sound menus. Only one of the three listed here is an actual food challenge, but the others should qualify as food challenges – they’re enormous plates of breakfast food.

Click “more” to read to sink your teeth into big eats. Read more »

May
13th

Restaurant nibbles: Tacoma Craft Beer Festival announces October dates and Masa’s deck is now open. Also, dollar breakfast eats on Saturday

A few things from my reporter’s notebook this week: The deck at Masa is now open, the Tacoma Craft Beer Festival announced its 2010 dates and helloooo, bargain! Marcia’s Silver Spoon serves dollar eats at a car show this weekend. Click “more” to read about it. Read more »

April
16th

Restaurant roundup: Coming soon, new menus, other restaurant tidbits

From my reporter’s notebook, some odds and ends. Click “more” to read updates about the opening date for The Harmon Taproom, a new café called Amocat (read that backwards) opening on St. Helens, a link to the new Masa menu and an update on the makeover at Capers in Proctor. Also, news on a new Gig Harbor café and a tidbit I learned about the possible reopening of East & West Cafe on Tacoma Mall Boulevard. Read more »

Feb.
5th

Happy Hours: The siblings of Sixth Avenue

The happy hour menu at Asado includes prawns in serrano ham (foreground), a steak skewer, and Asado burger dip (rear). Photo by Peter Haley/Staff photographer

Forget drink discounts, happy hour is about the food. Or, rather, it’s about the food if you’re a deal seeker who also happens to enjoy well-crafted cuisine.

For this installment of happy hour food deals, we headed to Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue, an eating district rich with restaurants and bars that offer deep discounts during happy hour dining.

We couldn’t write about every restaurant in that neighborhood, so we focused on just a few blocks along Sixth – from Pine to Oakes.
Within those few blocks you’ll find four restaurants with sibling connections: The first pair is Asado and Masa, located across the street from one another and both operated by X Group Restaurants. The second is Primo Grill and Crown Bar, located within about a block of one another and owned and operated by Charlie McManus with wife Jacqueline Plattner. Read more »