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Tag: Puyallup dining

Sep.
1st

Coming to South Hill – Rainier Growlers, a taproom and growler fill station

South Hill is about to get a growler store and taproom offering a broad selection of craft and international beers. Russell Hooper expects his Rainer Growlers store will open this fall at 13105 Meridian Ave. E., which is in the same shopping center as Pho Tai and Ivar’s. Read more »

May
9th

Escape to gardens of eatin’ – Watson’s and Windmill

A club sandwich piled high with tomatoes, turkey and bacon is one of the lunch offerings at Anton's, located in a garden center. Drew Perine/Staff photographer
A club sandwich piled high with tomatoes, turkey and bacon is one of the lunch offerings at Anton’s, located in a garden center. Drew Perine/Staff photographer

My Japanese maple resembles Cousin It and my mock orange is drooping.

I’m currently playing a weekslong game of “ignore the shot weed.”

Like plenty of other procrastinating gardeners, I fell prey to a seasonal affliction I call Garden Center Time Suck. It’s a phenomena in which I intend to spend 15 minutes perusing variegated hostas only to emerge two hours later with a dazed look and a wagonload of blue fescue.

I’m looking at you, Watson’s Greenhouse and Windmill Gardens.

While wandering aimlessly (envisioning fairies magically making over my garden) through two East Pierce garden centers that offer sprawling campuses with plants aplenty, I also found something for diners: nicely appointed cafes.

They’re cafes for a bite with your gardener Mom – especially considering this is her weekend, after all – or a destination for ladies who lunch.

Dining alone? That’s fine, too.

Get digging. I know I need to. Read more »

March
4th

Martini Madness returns to Toscanos in Puyallup

This year's hand-painted martini glasses at Toscanos in Puyallup are decorated with leaves.
This year’s hand-painted martini glasses at Toscanos in Puyallup. Photo courtesy of Toscanos Cafe & Wine Bar

Martini Madness is back at Toscanos Cafe & Wine Bar in Puyallup. That’s the annual event featuring hand-painted martini glasses, which are given away to diners throughout March. Read more »

Feb.
19th

Store grazing: Puyallup South Hill store sells root beer – and only root beer

Root Beer

Corey Anderson categorizes root beer three ways.

“Strong and bitey.”

Those are the root beers made with heavy wintergreen notes or other sharp flavor.

“Smooth and creamy.”

Those are made with heavy notes of vanilla.

The third category’s a little more troubling to define, but Anderson said he knows one when he tastes it.

“You take a sip and you look at the bottle. You have to look at the bottle a second time. I’ve got a few of those that don’t fit the strong or the smooth and creamy – so I call them amazing.”

Consider Anderson an expert-level curator of root beer. His love of root beer grew from making it with his dad when he was a kid.

His third store featuring America’s most nostalgic non-alcoholic beverage, The Root Beer Store, opened in November on Puyallup’s South Hill. Read more »

Feb.
17th

First glance: Salsa 7 in downtown Puyallup

A poblano (pasilla) chile relleno at Salsa 7, a Mexican restaurant that opened last week in Puyallup.
A poblano (pasilla) chile relleno at Salsa 7, a Mexican restaurant that opened last week in Puyallup.

Salsa 7 opened last week in downtown Puyallup. It replaces Sam’s Taqueria, a Mexican restaurant, carved into a former gas station, that had operated downtown for more than a decade.

While Salsa 7 bills itself as modern Mexican, a first visit at the restaurant found modern decor, but the menu looked familiar – tacos, burritos, chile rellenos, mole, chimichangas and the ubiquitous basket of chips and two kinds of salsa to start the meal. Read more »

Feb.
11th

Now open: Salsa 7, a modern Mexican restaurant in downtown Puyallup

Downtown Puyallup has seen impressive restaurant movement since 2011 – and now another opening has arrived.

Salsa 7 has opened in the former home of Sam’s Taqueria. The restaurant is billed by owner Ramesh Kumar as a modern Mexican restaurant. Read more »

Feb.
7th

Rise and shine: Eight breakfasts in downtown Puyallup

Prime rib hash in a skillet at Charlie's, a downtown Puyallup eatery that produces quality breakfasts. Dean Koepfler/Staff photographer
Prime rib hash in a skillet at Charlie’s, a downtown Puyallup eatery that produces quality breakfasts. Dean Koepfler/Staff photographer

Ditch your jammies and that stale bagel tomorrow morning. Steer your car to downtown Puyallup instead.

Breakfast cafes sprawl from Meridian to East Main. I was struck by the breadth of the offerings. Simple cafes served uncomplicated American breakfast fare. Downtown restaurants better known for dinner service boasted gussied-up weekend brunch menus.

I also found bar breakfasts, delicious doughnuts and coffee houses worth your patronage, but for brevity, I skipped those for this report.

My top four restaurant destinations nailed every element of breakfast. Eggs arrived cooked to order. Gravy tasted homespun. And, most importantly, my coffee cup never sat empty. The four restaurants I liked best came with an extra helping of solid service.

The other four didn’t make it into my top tier for one reason or another, but they all provided something worth noting: They serve breakfast during all operating hours. That’s important for people who prefer to eat the most important meal of the day for lunch or dinner.

Count me as one of those. Read more »

Feb.
3rd

First bite: Bob’s Burgers and Brew Puyallup

The classic 6-ounce broiled burger at Bob's Burgers and Brew in South Hill, Puyallup.
The classic 6-ounce broiled burger at Bob’s Burgers and Brew in South Hill, Puyallup.

I stopped in at Bob’s Burgers and Brew on South Hill, now entering its third week of operation, and found a few things worth noting about the Washington-based chain that is new to the South Sound. Read more »