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Tag: South Hill dining

March
24th

Now open: Julianito’s, a taqueria in Graham

Julianito's tacoa

Julianito’s, a fast food style taqueria, opened Saturday in Graham. The Mexican restaurant takes over the space that formerly housed a coffee shop. Julianito’s is a small South Sound business with an outpost in Kent. Read more »

Jan.
8th

New name, same faces – It’s Greek To Me’s Puyallup outpost becomes Giorgio’s

The sign may have flipped from It’s Greek to Me to Giorgio’s Greek Cafe last week, but little else has or will change about the downtown Puyallup Greek eatery. Read more »

Aug.
20th

Hidden gem: Dessert at Oasis Cafe in Puyallup’s South Hill

The peanut butter cheesecake at Oasis Cafe in Puyallup's South Hill neighborhood.

Here’s another installment of my hidden gem series – cafes and restaurants in out-of-the-way locations that are worth your dining dollars.

South Hill is home to strip malls and chain restaurants and a serious shortage of dessert bakeries. With the July closure of the cookie bakery, Cookies Your Way, dessert bakeries on South Hill are pretty much limited to the cupcake bakery Jubilee (or a grocery store or chain).

That’s what makes such a find in Oasis Cafe in the Sunrise Medical Campus near Emerald Ridge High School. It’s a hidden gem of a cafe buried in a complex of medical offices. The cafe is difficult to find -look for the lovely dining patio with the gurgling water feature. Inside, you’ll find a cafe with an order-at-the-counter protocol and a spacious, light-drenched dining room decorated with religious murals and messages.

What struck me was the display case full of a dozen desserts that had the appearance of a pastry chef at work. Read more »