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Aug.
19th

First bite: Social Bar & Grill on Tacoma’s Foss waterfront


On the deck of Social Bar and Grill, Anna Birch serves dinner to Courtney Robinson and Zach Hansen. The Museum of Glass is in the background. Photo by Peter Haley/Staff photographer

Complimentary savory cassava root doughnut appetizers, Ahi poke with a tangle of seaweed, swordfish skewers coated in chimichurri, sublime roasted duck, pitchers of sangria – all with a waterfront view of the Foss Waterway. I’m ready to move in for the rest of the (pseudo) summer at Social Bar and Grill, the newest restaurant that opened July 26 on Tacoma’s urban waterway.

With this-is-why-we-live-here views and a lively dining room made over with a floor to ceiling picture window fully framing the display kitchen, Social is a buzzing restaurant teeming with movement … and noise. Read more »

June
13th

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 »

March
7th

Pacific Grill debuts new menus and brings back the half-off bar menu pricing during happy hour


Juny’s Cuban at Pacific Grill in Tacoma. The sandwich is half off on Pacific Grill’s happy hour menu. Photo by Dean J. Koepfler/The News Tribune

Pacific Grill in downtown Tacoma debuted its new lunch, dinner and happy hour menus late last month. I was scrolling through the menus and saw something interesting on the dinner menu: A “Sunday gravy” meat sauce inspired by Bimbo’s, the legendary Italian restaurant that operated on Pacific in downtown Tacoma until September 2001 when the city bought some of the recipes and the name Bimbo’s. That summary of Bimbo’s history you just read, of course, grossly simplifies the complicated and meandering Bimbo’s story, but I’ll save the details for another blog post some other time.

Click “more” for a look at some of the dinner and happy hour menus. Bargain seekers: Bar menu pricing at Pacific Grill is back to half-off during happy hours. Sign me up for a half-off Cuban sandwich and Pacific Grill sliders. Read more »

Feb.
5th

Happy Hours: The siblings of Sixth Avenue


The happy hour menu at Asado includes prawns in serrano ham (foreground), a steak skewer, and Asado burger dip (rear). Photo by Peter Haley/Staff photographer

Forget drink discounts, happy hour is about the food. Or, rather, it’s about the food if you’re a deal seeker who also happens to enjoy well-crafted cuisine.

For this installment of happy hour food deals, we headed to Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue, an eating district rich with restaurants and bars that offer deep discounts during happy hour dining.

We couldn’t write about every restaurant in that neighborhood, so we focused on just a few blocks along Sixth – from Pine to Oakes.
Within those few blocks you’ll find four restaurants with sibling connections: The first pair is Asado and Masa, located across the street from one another and both operated by X Group Restaurants. The second is Primo Grill and Crown Bar, located within about a block of one another and owned and operated by Charlie McManus with wife Jacqueline Plattner. Read more »