TNT Diner

Good eats and drinks around Tacoma, Pierce County and South Puget Sound

NOTICE: TNT Diner has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved TNT Diner.
Visit the new section.

Tag: Paddy Coyne’s Tacoma


Restaurant updates: German restaurant and pub still a go, Puyallup and Tacoma openings on the way

News of Veltins Bierhalle, a German pub and eatery, opening in downtown Tacoma  made me eager for schnitzel and dunkel, but we’re still waiting for that opening. The good news – it’s still a go, but with a caveat. An opening has been pushed to 2014. And remember that downtown Puyallup Louisiana-themed eatery that’s been in the works for months and months? It’s opening soon. An Italian restaurant and a pub also are closer to opening in downtown Tacoma. Here are updates on all. Read more »


It’s cold and rainy. Get yourself a bowl of Irish stew.

Guinness brased Irish beef stew with white and wheat soda bread at Paddy Coyne’s Irish Pub in Tacoma. Photo by Peter Haley/Staff photographer

Irish stew seems surface simple. Meat, potatoes, maybe some carrots, some kind of Guinness-based gravy to pull it all together.

That’s Irish stew.

Not so fast.

“It’s always the simple things that are the hardest,” said Ted Furst, a consulting chef who developed the recipe for Irish stew at Paddy Coyne’s Irish pub in Tacoma, one of a handful of local restaurants that serve Irish food in a pub atmosphere.

There are as many ways to make Irish stew as there are to make home-cooked favorites such as chicken and dumplings or pot roast. Some say Irish stew should start with browned beef, while traditionalists might insist it be lamb or that it should be boiled in the style of a white stew. It’s a hodgepodge recipe that has been twisted, bent and refined to fit so many palates, who’s to know what’s authentic anymore. Read more »