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Tag: Tacoma sushi

April
24th

Sam Choy’s Poke To the Max stops in Tacoma; plus more Tacoma poke

This $9 portion of poke at Social Bar and Grill is sake-and-soy flavored.
This poke is from Social Bar and Grill. See other options for poke in Tacoma below.

When it comes to island cuisine, Sam Choy is about as famous it gets. On Saturday, Tacomans can sample Choy’s food when his Seattle-based food truck, Sam Choy’s Poke To The Max, serves at an event at Trident Athletics (more information on that below).

On Saturday’s menu are Hawaiian favorites, but the truck is known for Choy’s specialty – poke. Can’t make it the event Saturday, but still want poke? I’ve got a guide below to three poke dishes I like in Tacoma. But first, a little more about the Poke to the Max truck. Read more »

April
18th

Strip-mall dining: Sushi restaurants from Tacoma to Gig Harbor

Strip malls. Oh, how we love to loathe them.

Our region is cluttered with those architectural eyesores harboring boring destinations from our mundane must-do lists. I’m talking dry cleaning, dental work, check cashing and spinal adjustments.

But restaurant lovers, I offer this advice: Add strip malls to your to-dine list.

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Jan.
30th

Sushi update: Tacoma’s Kabuki closes, Miyabi opens in its place

Miyabi Sushi plate 2

Attention sushi eaters – a soft opening alert. Lacking a sign and a full menu, Miyabi Sushi quietly opened in the location that formerly housed Kabuki, a longtime Tacoma  sushi destination that operated from 1992 until late 2013. Read more »

Dec.
6th

Sushi Update: Sushi Niwa opens, Miyabi Sushi on the way

Sushi is a family affair for Su-Wook Hong, left, mother Bok Hee Hong and father Jeoung Jim Hong at Siushi Niwa inside the food court at Paido World on South Tacoma Way. They're holding a ribeye roll, a firecracker roll and a Washington roll.
Sushi is a family affair for Su-Wook Hong, left, mother Bok Hee Hong and father Jeoung Jim Hong at Siushi Niwa inside the food court at Paido World on South Tacoma Way. They’re holding a ribeye roll, a firecracker roll and a Washington roll.

Cheap sushi, much like gas station sushi, should be approached with caution. I’ve been burned before, but I think I’ve found a a decent find – a tiny restaurant serving economical maki and nigiri.

Filling a long-vacant spot that once contained Chicky Pub, Sushi Niwa opened Oct. 18 in the Paldo World Food Court. It’s owned by Su-Wook Hong, whose parents are the smiling duo in the kitchen. Read more »

Aug.
13th

Now open: Mandolin Sushi & Steakhouse, a teppanyaki restaurant in Tacoma

Tacoma’s newest teppanyaki and sushi restaurant has opened. Mandolin Sushi & Steakhouse was a restaurant nearly a year in the making. The owners made over the restaurant from its former life as a coffee house to an eatery outfitted with slick decor. The dining room has a  sushi counter and eight teppan cooking stations with room for 8-10 diners each. A back room holds two of the tabletops, which can be reserved for private parties.

Never experienced teppanyaki? Read more »

July
8th

First bite: Trapper’s Sushi on Sixth Avenue in Tacoma

The Uncle Steve (rear) and Marvelous rolls at Trapper's.
The Uncle Steve (rear) and Marvelous rolls at Trapper’s.

A trip to Trapper’s on Sixth Avenue Tacoma during the restaurant’s opening week found the newest addition of the regional sushi chain performing just as I’d expected – they’ve been packed. It seems no matter the outpost you visit, Trapper’s always is busy. Is that because of the modern spin on the sushi concept? The quick turnaround of rolls? The oversized rolls that can feed two diners? The all-you-can-eat specials? The fair pricing? I don’t know what it is exactly, but the formula seems to work at Trapper’s. Read more »

April
22nd

Coming to Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue – Trapper’s Sushi

Rolls at Trapper's sushi are known for being over sized - each piece can yield two or three bites. Pictured here are partial rolls from a dinner at the Puyallup Trapper's. From the rear going clockwise, a Mountain roll, a Trapper roll, a Mt. Rainier and a Crystal Shrimp.
Rolls at Trapper’s sushi are known for being over sized – each piece can yield two or three bites. Pictured here are partial rolls from a dinner at the Puyallup Trapper’s. From the rear going clockwise, a Mountain roll, a Trapper roll, a Mt. Rainier and a Crystal Shrimp.

Coming to Sixth Avenue this spring – a sushi restaurant. Trapper’s Sushi plans a May opening at the storefront that housed the Overtime Bar and Grill at 3118 Sixth Ave. That restaurant closed Dec. 10 – about six months after opening.

The Tacoma sushi restaurant is the sixth outpost for Trapper O’Keeffe, who opened his first sushi restaurant in Bonney Lake in 2004. That restaurant spawned a sibling in Covington in 2009, then a Puyallup restaurant in 2010. Stores in Kent and Bremerton followed. Read more »

June
11th

First bite: Red Tuna Sushi is open at Tacoma Mall

Red Tuna, Tacoma's newest conveyor belt sushi restaurant, opened Saturday.

Red Tuna, Tacoma’s newest conveyor belt sushi restaurant, opened Saturday at Tacoma Mall. Red Tuna will be a combination sushi-on-a-belt restaurant and a restaurant serving robatayaki, a rustic style of Japanese grilling. While sushi was circulating the belt this weekend,  Red Tuna has not yet started its robatayaki menu. Watch for that in another week or so. Read more »