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Tag: Taste of Tacoma

June
28th

Deep-fried gluttony: A selection of what you should (or shouldn’t) eat at the Taste of Tacoma 2013

Try the Tokyo Dog at the mobile food truck of the same name at Taste of Tacoma 2013.
Try the Tokyo Dog at the mobile food truck of the same name at Taste of Tacoma 2013.

Think of the Taste of Tacoma as a pop-up food court serving the greatest hits of fair dining in a beautiful park setting. Deep-fried cookies, corndogs, sandwiches loaded with meat and fat, roasted corn, Hawaiian shaved ice and a whole lot of other food your mother told you never to eat. The Taste runs through Sunday at Point Defiance Park. Read more »

June
28th

Taste of Tacoma: Menus from more than 20 restaurants

I’ve just arrived at the Taste of Tacoma and what was the first thing I did? Walked around and shot photos of all the menus. I’m always looking out for the gullets and pocketbooks of readers.

A little later this afternoon, I’ll post my top picks for what I mowed my way through today, but here are photos of most of the menus.

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June
28th

Stuff your face: Taste of Tacoma is happening this weekend

The Taste of Tacoma happens today through Sunday at Point Defiance Park. File photo.
The Taste of Tacoma happens today through Sunday at Point Defiance Park. File photo.

Attention fans of deep-fried gluttony: This is the weekend to make good use of those stretchy Thanksgiving pants buried in the back of your closet. You know the ones – they’ve got the sort-of-still-there elastic waistband.

Your mission: Elephant ears, corn on the cob, corn dogs, burgers, Philly cheesesteaks and about 200 other foods that will leave you filled with regret and reaching for a hefty dose of Zantac. This weekend is Taste of Tacoma, the region’s biggest food court that brings 26 pop-up restaurants to Point Defiance Park for three days. Read more »

June
29th

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June
28th

Check out the deep-fried wonders at the Taste of Tacoma this weekend

Consider the Taste of Tacoma the region’s biggest food court this weekend at Point Defiance Park. Or, as I like to call it, The Gluttony Bowl of Deep-Fried Wonders. The Taste of Tacoma might have the broadest menu of deep-fried abominations I’ve ever seen at the annual food fest – a pretty spectacular feat considering the festival has always served the kind of not-so-healthful food that your mother always warned you about.

In keeping with the nationwide festival food trend of battering and deep frying everything except for maybe color crayons (yet), I spotted on the menu: fried peanut butter and

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June
24th

Taste of Tacoma 2011: Dining through this year’s cheap eats brings bargains and a few duds

The $3.75 half Philly cheesesteak sandwich at the Sizzlin' Phillies booth was the best deal of everything I sampled at today's Taste of Tacoma.

Grazing around the Taste of Tacoma could cost you as much as a higher end sit-down restaurant if you put your eyes and gullet in charge of your wallet. That’s why my strategy is to graze the cheap eats. Priced $3.75 each, every booth is supposed to offer a dish of something for the reduced “Just a Bite” price. Last year, on opening day, several vendors weren’t advertising their cheap eats. So how did the vendors do this year? Read on. Read more »

June
24th

Taste of Tacoma 2011: Wear your stretchy pants and use these tips for navigating the festival

Corn gnawing is a spectator sport at Taste of Tacoma.

Whatever your strategy for grazing your way around the Taste of Tacoma, here’s one tip to add to your arsenal: Look before you buy.

Taste of Tacoma is a visual feast with hundreds of people parading plates of every cuisine imaginable. You can predict what is worth buying from watching diners wander by with plates of food, or from listening to their suggestions. Last year, passers-by told me a restaurant was serving $2 egg rolls, while a nearby booth offered eight for $5.

My strategy was to cruise the restaurant booths first and look at the offerings before committing. Pay attention, watch the plates of food, and ignore your mother’s advice and do talk to strangers.

Click “more” for other tips and tricks for working your way through the festival. Read more »

June
24th

Taste of Tacoma 2011: Who’s cooking what and where to find the eats you want to save room for

More than 30 food vendors will serve diners at the Taste of Tacoma.

The main event at Taste of Tacoma, of course, is the food. Here are highlights of the offerings, a partial list of vendors, and details of the healthy menu options and the $3.75 bites. A little more than 30 food booths will offer two, three, four or more menu items. Read more »