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Tag: Pacific Grill

July
11th

Pacific Grill rolls out new menus with stellar pricing

I really don’t need much convincing to dine at Pacific Grill (this review should tell you what you need to know about my thoughts on Pacific Grill), but Chef Gordon Naccarato’s new menu looks to be his best yet – for value, flavor and variety. Below is a sample menu, but the new menu should be going live this week. Some items or pricing in the sample menu below may be different, but this will give you a view of what the new menu will look like. It’s different than anything Naccarato has done in the past, although a handful of old favorites still are on the menu. Take a look: Read more »

May
10th

Museum dining: Pacific Grill will manage LeMay Museum’s cafe

This is the view from inside the LeMay museum. Photo by Craig Sailor/Staff writer

A name, the menu and pricing are still in the works, but one thing is certain – Tacoma’s Pacific Grill will manage the cafe at the LeMay Museum, which opens June 2. Gordon Naccarato, owner of downtown Tacoma’s Pacific Grill and a companion catering business, is working on the menu and concept right now. Naccarato also said he has hired Read more »

Feb.
15th

A downpour in the dining room temporarily shutters Tacoma’s Pacific Grill

(Update 2/16: Pacific Grill has reopened and is operating under normal business hours.)

It’s the stuff that restaurateurs have nightmares about – the restaurant is packed on the busiest night of the year and the power zaps, leaving diners in the dark. Last night, on Valentine’s Day, that happened to Tacoma’s Pacific Grill. The culprit for the power outage and the unintentional watery downpour into the Pacific Grill dining room? An overflowing bathtub from above. Pacific Grill is closed today to assess the damages, but the restaurant was expecting to reopen tomorrow, Feb. 16. Read more »

March
24th

The readers weigh in. Today’s topic? Fries in Tacoma

Fries and gravy from Hotel Murano's Bite Restaurant in Tacoma. Photo by Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

Today, I’ve been writing about burgers (watch for the stories next week). So I asked TNT Diner readers via Twitter about the perfect yin to burger yang: fries. Click “more” to see what TNT DIner readers recommend for fries about town and vote for your favorite, too. Read more »

Jan.
6th

Cuban sandwiches, take two: Doyle’s Public House, Pacific Grill, Asado, The Ram and Sidebar Bistro put their own spins on the Cuban

The Cuban sandwich at Doyle’s Public House is made with chipotle mayo. Photo by Janet Jensen/The News Tribune

Is a Cuban a Cuban if you douse it with chipotle mayo, stuff it with tilapia, zucchini pickles, or a hamburger patty? The restaurants featured here think so, or at least they bill their sandwiches as Cubans, those pork-filled puckery grilled cheese sandwiches that have been popping up on menus everywhere.

Today: I feature Cubans on the menu at Doyle’s Public House (my favorite sandwich for this report), Pacific Grill, Asado, the Ram and Sidebar Bistro. Click “more” to read about the sandwiches.

Yesterday: I bit into Cubans at Chambers Bay Grill, Blazing Onion, Powerhouse Brewery, and Panera. Read it here.

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Dec.
3rd

Noodle on this: Pacific Grill’s Noodle Bar merges Japanese street eating with the bright, punchy flavors of Southeast Asian cuisine

The coconut, curry and lime broth is one of three available on the Noodle Bar menu at Pacific Grill.

Since June, Tacoma’s Pacific Grill has operated Noodle Bar, a separate menu offering Japanese style street eats, a menu that’s vastly different from the restaurant’s core upscale steak and seafood menu. It’s a neat idea – a restaurant offering multiple menu concepts. Read more »

Aug.
11th

Ian Thompson leaves Pacific Grill and heads back to the books. Good luck Ian.

Ian Thompson is heading back to the books. The Executive Chef of the Pacific Grill was in the middle of degree in Hospitality Management when Pacific Grill owner Gordon Naccarato called and asked him to come cook at Pacific Grill.

Thompson is just finishing up his 18-month career at Pacific Grill and will take a few weeks off to travel through Oregon before returning to the South Sound area to work in a lower-stress job while he focuses on his studies. “I plan on taking a kitchen lead position at Fircrest Golf & Country Club. I have never worked in a club kitchen before, I know it will be different than independent restaurants. I anticipate it being low stress enough to allow me to focus on school. I will consider this job as a bridge,” he wrote in an e-mail. Click “more” to read his plans, and to see what’s next for Pacific Grill. Read more »

June
16th

Noodle bar at Pacific Grill starts next Thursday

Chicken tonkatsu salad with panko chicken, Asian slaw, okonomi sauce, kewpie mayo, crispy shallots and sesame seeds is on the Thursday late-night noodle bar menu that starts at Pacific Grill June 24.

Here’s something new and cool: Pacific Grill will turn into a noodle bar every Thursday late night starting next week, June 24.

Owner Gordon Naccarato calls it a pop-up restaurant, where from 9 p.m. to midnight every Thursday Pacific Grill’s menu goes late-night street style Japanese dining.

The menu is like nothing around town – and reminds me of dining at Ping, the hot spot in Portland that serves inventive Japanese street food with Southeast Asian and Chinese twists. My last visit at Ping found all kinds of small bite wonders – grilled skewers with short ribs, quail eggs and fish balls, small plate duck egg salads and tea-steeped eggs.

Pacific Grill’s pop-up noodle nights will feature customized noshing in a bowl –ramen soups come in a broad array of flavors. Read more »