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Aug.
22nd

Small bites, big flavors. Three Tacoma restaurants for group dining

 

Hilltop Kitchen owners Chris Keil (left) and Matt Schweitzer. The Hilltop neighborhood lounge is perfect for diners in search of fine-crafted food with shareable plates, and a lively atmosphere.
Hilltop Kitchen owners Chris Keil (left) and Matt Schweitzer. The Hilltop neighborhood lounge is perfect for diners in search of fine-crafted food with shareable plates, and a lively atmosphere. Peter Haley/Staff photographer

Shareable plates of sophisticated cocktail food with world flavors. An excellent cocktail, wine or tap list. Upscale digs. A place where grown-ups can gather comfortably without fear of being shushed.

That’s the checklist a reader handed me for a place to take out-of-town guests visiting during the final days of summer. So I went looking — and eating, and sipping.

I stuck with lounges and bars known for pairing upscale cuisine with thoughtful adult beverages, but also destinations with accoutrements necessary for gatherings: a sizable list of shareable plates, communal seating that can shrink or expand with the size of the party, a generous happy hour, and an atmosphere conducive for a group of talkers.

Finding a destination for a little grownup R&R is easier today than it’s ever been around the region.

If you’ve got friends from out of town on their way to celebrate the wind-down of summer, here are three destinations worth your time and dining dollars. 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 »