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Taco Tuesday in Tacoma: Try these from Hilltop Kitchen and Social Bar and Grill

Asparagus tacos from Hilltop Kitchen in Tacoma.
Asparagus tacos from Hilltop Kitchen in Tacoma.

With bars everywhere serving up taco Tuesday specials, I thought it time I started an occasional taco Tuesday spotlight. I’m searching beyond those ground beef tacos with the crunchy shells to find tacos with bigger flavors, better ingredients.

Today’s taco trip takes me to Hilltop Kitchen for veg-friendly candied lemon peel and asparagus tacos and tender-as-they-come steak tacos at Social Bar and Grill. Read more »


Now Open: Paesan Kitchen and Bar on the Foss Waterway in Tacoma

The trio behind Paesan Kitchen and Bar quietly opened their newest Tacoma Foss Waterway restaurant over the weekend. Consider this the soft opening for the restaurant – it only will be open for coffee service and lunch today and tomorrow.  Expect full operating hours on Wednesday. Read more »


Cool off: Drinks and patios for enjoying that giant orb in the sky

Some people take air conditioned cover when temperatures hover in the 80s. Some people head to a deck for a drink. I’m not sure where I’ll be this week, but it’s a safe bet that I won’t be eating much soup. Unless it’s chilled.


Here are drinks paired with decks and patios for summer sipping:

Harmon Taproom
Where: 204 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253-212-2725,
The drink: Beer. They’ve got loads of it.
The patio: It’s a beer garden with picnic benches surrounded by greenery. The water view is peek-a-boo, but there if

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Reader query: Where’s gazpacho in Tacoma?

Apple gazpacho is on the specials menu at Social Bar and Grill in Tacoma.

A reader asks: “In the summer especially, I have a craving for two soups – cold soups. Gazpacho and vichyssoise. Am I being unrealistic that these can be found in Tacoma, except haphazardly as a special someplace? Thanks for any input.”

This is where you come in: Can you help a reader out? Where have you found those summer soups?

I went looking and found a few places that offer gazpacho as a sometimes special – Morso Wine Bar in Gig Harbor served gazpacho as a special last week. The Dock Street Sandwich Company in Tacoma has gazpacho occasionally as a special. It was earlier this month at Social Bar & Grill that I found an apple gazpacho that is on the menu for the immediate future. It was a great find – as complicated as it was colorful and a bargain at two bucks a cup. Read more »


Yum on a bun: Five more Tacoma bar burgers to try before you die

Pacific Grill duck sausage sliders. Photo by Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

It took months and three bottles of Tums to recover from last December’s bar burger series. Remember that? I wrote about the 20 burgers you have to eat before you die (or die trying).

This time, I took a considerably smaller bite out of Tacoma’s bar burger footprint: Five more bar burgers you should add to your list of must-try-or-die burgers around town.

Just don’t tell your doctor before you embark on your eating project. Click “read more” to see my top five bar burgers of the moment. Read more »


Raw enthusiast: In search of poke in Tacoma

I call this the poor-man's sushi only because of its very affordable pricetag, or at least in contrast to the $14 it will cost you at other restaurants. This poke is simply prepared with soy and a sprinkle of sesame seeds over a salad of sliced cucumbers and lettuce. It's $3.50 at Sushi Station in Puyallup.

Poke can be simple or complicated, tame in flavor or boldly spiced. The one constant in the poke equation is this: the foundation starts with cubes of raw tuna. Beyond that, a poke recipe is open for interpretation. Or at least it is in the hands of local chefs. Click “more” to read about a few interesting poke dishes I’ve sampled around town recently, and please tell me about your favorite poke. Read more »


Social Bar and Grill opens tonight on Tacoma’s Foss Waterway

Ahi poke, swordfish skewers, pork belly sandwiches, roasted duck, pitchers of sangria – sign me up for Social.

Tonight’s the night. After a soft opening for family and friends over the weekend, Social Bar and Grill, which I told you about in June, is starting dinner service this evening. Curious about the location? It’s in the old Woody’s on the Water space next to the Museum of Glass.

Social will keep soft dinner hours this week (check the box below for details), but plans to offer lunch and dinner service daily starting Aug. 6.

A trio of Matador alumni are the crafters of Social. Read more »


Tacoma gets a new waterfront restaurant. Social Bar and Grill will open on the Foss Waterway

Three alumni of Matador are opening a craft cocktail lounge and small plates restaurant on the Foss waterway. Social Bar and Grill will open in the space that formerly housed Woody’s On The Water until its January closure. Look for a July-ish opening for Social, said co-owner Philip Panagos, who most recently worked as the general manager of Tacoma’s Matador.

Opening the restaurant with Panagos is Jason Bailey, who was the manager of Paddy Coyne’s until April this year; before that, he worked for Matador for five years on the opening crew for five of the chain’s restaurants. Panagos and Bailey will own and operate the restaurant with Rodel Borromeo, who until recently was Matador’s corporate executive chef.

Social intends to be just that. Shareable pitchers of sangria and mojitos, and shareable appetizer plates will create the convivial vibe the restaurant owners have in mind. Read more »