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More wings: Wingstop coming to Tacoma; Flying Boots also will have wings

How do you like your wings? Naked? Sauced? Dipped in blue cheese? (News Tribune file photo)
How do you like your wings? Naked? Sauced? Dipped in blue cheese? (News Tribune file photo)

The national chain Wingstop has a location planned near Tacoma Mall. This marks the first South Sound location for the 600-restaurant chain with Washington locations in Bellevue and Eastern Washington. It’s starting to look like a slightly more crowded wing market – locally owned Flying Boots and Wings plans to open in the next few weeks. That made-over Lincoln neighborhood haunt plans to open with a menu of wings. Read more »


Coming to downtown Puyallup – Oaxacan cuisine



The name of the restaurant is still fuzzy and the building currently is undergoing a deep clean and decor makeover, but one detail already is set – Oaxacan cuisine is coming to downtown Puyallup, most likely in October. Read more »


Tales from the smoker: Roadside BBQ opens permanent location in Spanaway

Spareribs at Roadside BBQ are slow cooked over apple, cherry and pear wood.
Spareribs at Roadside BBQ are slow cooked over apple, cherry and pear wood.

The return of the waving pink pig with the “Wood Smoked B-B-Q” sign on Pacific Avenue is my first indicator that Roadside BBQ is back in business.

The tiny barbecue restaurant first opened a year ago in a temporary location, serving weekends only at 130th and Pacific Avenue, near PLU.  Owner Susan Ruiz, who runs Roadside with daughter Sarah Sheedy and manager Dirk James, closed that space and went mobile to the parking lot of Cash &Carry at 112th this spring, selling barbecue from a trailer converted to a mini restaurant on wheels. Read more »


What’s this? That tiny, awkward building on Sixth is getting a new restaurant

I don’t have much info about the location – other than it’s where It’s Greek To Me used to serve gyros – but the awkward little building at the crazy intersection where Sprague, Sixth and Division collide will soon be home to a Mexican restaurant. I’ve been spotting workers on the building. I’m not sure what they’re doing to the roof, but it looks complicated. A painter told me that the restaurant will serve Mexican food and the owners have another restaurant in Seattle.

Speaking of It’s Greek To Me – if you didn’t already know this, the longtime Sixth

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New eats in the Stadium neighborhood: An old school (and high style) burger joint and an art cafe

The window coverings were removed over the weekend, giving Tacoma its first glimpe of Shake Shake Shake, which will serve roadside stand style burgers, fries and shakes.

Shake, Shake, Shake – a stylish retro burger joint – is coming to the Stadium neighborhood. The paper that has obscured the windows for months came down over the weekend and those who attended the art and wine walk got a first glimpse of the interior that’s high on retro style. The color scheme is aqua blue set against electric orange. An oversized sign that reads “Eat” is a visual anchor in a small dining room that will seat about 40. On the menu will be roadside stand style burgers, along with hot dogs, fries and shakes – something like what Shake Shack does. Shake Shake Shake will be at the corner of North Tacoma Avenue and North Second.

Across the street are more paper-covered windows – and it will be several months before that paper will come down.  Read more »


Hey, look. Lefty’s Burger Shack in University Place is open. The line is out the door.

On opening day of Lefty’s Burger Shack last Saturday, she ran out of food. She ran out of food Sunday, too. On Monday, she served 450 burgers. Four hundred fifty burgers. In tiny restaurant terms, that’s like an indie band selling out the Tacoma Dome – small fish, big numbers. The line? Out the door.

“It was just insane,” said Pam Hubert, who has opened Lefty’s Burger Shack in University Place in a funky building with a cool history of burger lore. It was once home to Dairy Queen and Dairy Dell. News Tribune archives hint that Arctic Circle once called that building home, a few readers here remember it, too. If you’ve been by the building, you’d remember it. It’s octagon-ish and looks like it was built to be a burger shack.

Lefty’s is the culmination of a few years of work by Hubert (read this blog post I wrote back in June for the rest of the story), who runs the restaurant with her mother and two sons. Read more »