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Tag: Soul Proctor

Jan.
17th

Second bites: Revisiting Tacoma eateries My Greek and Soul

My Greek owner Nader Morcos with a plate of lamb souvlaki. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer
My Greek owner Nader Morcos with a plate of lamb souvlaki. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

As this paper’s dining critic, one of my favorite functions is to master the art of a second bite — or a “do-over,” as I call them.

In Part 2 of my series where I revisit restaurants that had shaky starts when they opened in 2013, I’m featuring two eateries on the verge of getting it right.

Sometimes I’ll find a restaurant performing well for food but still struggling — or flopping — in another area. Today’s column features two restaurants that exemplify that: The food has improved, while service or atmosphere still need tending.

Are they still worth your dining dollars? I say yes, but with reservations. Both restaurants deliver styles of cuisine in short supply in the South Sound. Yet will diners be as forgiving of the lapses as I am? Only time and your dining dollars will tell. Read more »

Oct.
11th

First bites: Checking in on new restaurants in Midland, Proctor and Gig Harbor

Bar Bistro owner Eric Poulin pours a milk stout nitro beer for a customer at Bar Bistro.  Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer
Bar Bistro owner Eric Poulin pours a milk stout nitro beer for a customer at Bar Bistro. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

A handful of restaurants have opened in the past six weeks and more are on the way. Today, I take a bite out of three. One is a polished bistro in an unexpected neighborhood – Midland. Another is a restaurant serving a style of cuisine we don’t see much in the South Sound – Puerto Rican (but the menu goes much deeper than that). Finally, I took a trip across the bridge to check in on the first suburban outpost for an established Tacoma brewpub. Take a read. Read more »

Aug.
19th

Dining report: Coming to South Sound is more Puerto Rican cuisine

There’s Puerto Rican food. And then there’s the “Other Puerto Rican Food.” That’s how Juan and Elizabeth Aponte categorize the style of food they love to eat and cook.

The owners of the tiny Lakewood cafe, Old San Juan, have been serving straightforward Puerto Rican dishes like pernil and mofongo since 2010. At the end of this month, they’ll expand to OSJ International, a Lakewood cafe that will serve “Other Puerto Rican Food” influenced by a grab bag of cultures. They plan to open that restaurant around Aug. 30. They intend to keep Old San Juan running just as it always has. And guess what? Another restaurant serving Puerto Rican cuisine also is on the way to Tacoma. Read more »

Aug.
14th

Opening Friday: Soul, a Proctor restaurant with a menu of Latin American and Southern style soul food

When Soul opens Friday in the Proctor neighborhood, it will bring a few styles of food that we’re short on in South Sound – Latin American cuisine and Southern style soul food.

Co-owner Natural Allah described the menu as the greatest hits of comfort eating from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Peru and the Southern United States. That means a menu that will list pernil from Puerto Rico alongside Peruvian tamales and fried catfish with greens and macaroni and cheese.

UPDATE 8/16: Soul announced via its Facebook page that due to a permit problem, the restaurant will now open Friday, Aug. 23.

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