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Tag: SideBar Bistro


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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Pot pie as big as your head: Sidebar Bistro in Tacoma puts a nice twist on an old comfort classic

Chicken pot pie is as big as my head at the Sidebar Bistro.

Tacoma’s Sidebar Bistro elevates sandwiches beyond the ordinary and does a brisk lunch business because of that. I’ve written about their Reubens and BLTs, and recently tried the Sidebar Cuban sandwich (stay tuned for a report on that). I’d never ventured much into the entree section of the menu, but a chicken pot pie on my last visit caught my eye. Read more »


First bite: SideBar Bistro on Tacoma Avenue South offers affordable lunching

The BLT at SideBar Bistro, which opened two weeks ago on Tacoma Avenue South.

I stopped in for lunch at the SideBar Bistro, a legal themed restaurant that opened two weeks ago across from the County-City Building on Tacoma Avenue South. I was impressed with the handsome restaurant with an affordable menu. In a neighborhood with a modest offering of casual, quick eating options, the bistro offers a level of dining needed on that block.

But don’t think of SideBar as a steaks and chops clubby sort of place where lawyers with expense accounts swill martinis and drop $50 on a steak. It’s not that at all. Think affordable sandwiches and soups for lunch and economically priced comfort eating at dinner. While it is an attractive restaurant and a martini swilling lawyer may not necessarily be out of place in the adjoining lounge, the lunch menu is decidedly accessible and intended to feed those looking for lunch in the $10-$15 range. Read more »