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June
13th

First-bite report: Cafe Vincero in downtown Tacoma

Kevin Cornwell has just remodeled this downtown Tacoma space into his new Italian restaurant Cafe Vincero.  His team includes Connor Guzman (left), Bruce Barber, and Madisen Bryan (right).  Peter Haley/Staff photographer
Kevin Cornwell has just remodeled this downtown Tacoma space into his new Italian restaurant Cafe Vincero. His team includes Connor Guzman (left), Bruce Barber, and Madisen Bryan (right). Peter Haley/Staff photographer

Downtown Tacoma’s finest entertainment corridor percolates between Seventh and Ninth on Pacific Avenue. Consider it equally fit for nightlife seekers or daytime lunch grubbers.

At night, there’s the tiki bar Tacoma Cabana with handcrafted cocktails from Jason Alexander and island-themed “vacation fusion” eats from Robyn Murphy. The Tex-Mex restaurant Matador has a knock-out tequila list. The casual pubs Meconi’s, The Forum and The Office compete for the same crowd, but each display distinct identities.

The excellent Orange Door Vietnamese bistro and the lunch buffet at India Mahal get my vote for noon dining.
And then there’s that fun spot for kids of all ages, Dorky’s Arcade, with pinball machines from an era when we wanted our hair and music equally big and obnoxious.

It gets better. Two promising brewery-taprooms — Odd Otter Brewing Co., and Pacific Brewing and Malting Co. — are expected this summer.

Kevin Cornwell was smart for planting his casual Italian eatery in the middle of that stretch. He opened Cafe Vincero April 23 at 714 Pacific Ave. Cornwell, a South Sound native whose first restaurant job was working at Vince’s Italian Restaurant, carved a beautiful restaurant into the narrow space that previously held a retail shop. Read more »

May
20th

Ah Badabing opens second New York style pizzeria on South Tacoma Way

A pepperoni pie at Ah Badabing.
A pepperoni pie at Ah Badabing.

The Lakewood pizzeria Ah Badabing, specializing in New York style pies, has opened a second location at 5240 South Tacoma Way.

The Tacoma restaurant is off to a slow start with a limited menu and hours for the time being. The pizzeria is focusing on pies for the moment, but expects to add calzones, wings, grinders and other New York style street foods to the menu. Read more »

Nov.
26th

Mod Pizza opens in Tacoma Wednesday

A Tristan pizza at Mod comes with roasted red peppers, mushrooms, asiago and mozzarella, with pesto. Eaten at the Puyallup Mod in July 2013.
A Tristan pizza at Mod comes with roasted red peppers, mushrooms, asiago and mozzarella, with pesto. Eaten at the Puyallup Mod in July 2013.

Seattle-based chain MOD Pizza will open its second South Sound outpost Wednesday evening near Tacoma Mall in the same building where Northwest burger restaurant Blazing Onion will open.

Seattle natives Scott and Ally Svenson founded MOD in 2008, but it’s not their first chain of businesses. Read more »

July
5th

Pizza first bites: Paesan in Tacoma and Mod Pizza in Puyallup

Sue Kidd takes a tour of two new South Sound pizzerias. Paesan Kitchen and Bar is a wood-fired pizza restaurant that opened on the Foss waterway nearly two weeks ago. Mod Pizza, a brick oven pizza joint, opened its first South Sound restaurant in Puyallup Monday.

June
24th

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 »

June
3rd

Coming to downtown Tacoma – Cafe Vincero, an Italian restaurant

An Italian restaurant plans to open in downtown Tacoma. Cafe Vincero will operate at 714 Pacific Avenue on a block that is home to Matador, Meconi’s and the Orange Door Vietnamese restaurant. Read more »