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Best of Tacoma 2019: Pretty Gritty Tours

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Pretty Gritty Tours

Sometimes the very thought of joining a tour group evokes visions of people in Hawaiian shirts, Bermuda shorts, and socks with sandals. I myself am often a quick "no thank you" when the suggestion arises. However, Pretty Gritty Tours in Tacoma has changed how I view a tour through historical

Fourth of July BBQ eats

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Fourth of July BBQ eats

For many patriots across the South Sound, the Fourth of July means burgers and dogs on the grill. But for those of us that crave something just a little more -- there's BBQ. Let's talk real BBQ, slow-cooked, tender meats, dripping in sauce that require a stack of napkins afterward.

Moonrise Café

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Moonrise Café

ANNOUNCER: Known mostly for its pies and house-made jam, the Moonrise Café in Lakewood serves up some of the most creative breakfasts in the South Sound. If your diet of choice is carnivorous or vegan, then you are sure to find what you are looking for on the menu. Dutch

Cactus

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Cactus

ANNOUNCER: As Tacoma's charming Proctor District continues to evolve, Jackie and Dutch are lured once again to dine at a newly opened establishment. Cactus, Seattle-born chain, boast Tex-Mex-styled cuisine. JACKIE: This spot is bustling with activity! Although, due to some creative design choices, even at full capacity Cactus manages to feel

Odd Fella’s Pub & Eatery

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Odd Fella’s Pub & Eatery

ANNOUNCER: As Tacoma's Westgate Shopping Center continues to expand, Dutch and Jackie are lured over to sample the strip mall offerings. This week, they pop into Odd Fella's Pub & Eatery. JACKIE: Don't let the "pub" moniker scare you, Odd Fella's has family-friendly dining on one half and a lounge on

Asian fusion comes to Olympia

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Asian fusion comes to Olympia

ANNOUNCER: It doesn't take much to get Jackie and Dutch to take a trip south to Olympia to try out a new place. And this week, the trip offers a Korean-inspired menu packed with fresh ingredients and lots of flavor options for them to choose from. JACKIE: I'd like to come

Mi Casa Mexican Food

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Mi Casa Mexican Food

ANNOUNCER: Heading to where the food is in Lakewood, Dutch and Jackie find themselves on South Tacoma Way. And surprisingly the cuisine of choice is not Asian influenced, but rather a small but authentic Mexican spot -- Mi Casa. JACKIE: If South Tacoma Way can boast of anything, it would be

Top 10 breakfast sweet treats

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Top 10 breakfast sweet treats

I'm a firm believer in living life to the fullest -- at least when it comes to sweets. "Life is short, eat dessert first" is my motto. With that said, is there any better way to start the day than with a sweet breakfast? Pancakes, waffles, French toast, or even

Best of Olympia 2019: O'Blarney's Irish Pub

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Best of Olympia 2019: O'Blarney's Irish Pub

The readers have spoken! And O'Blarney's Irish Pub on Martin Way is a triple threat. Not only has it been selected as the Best Lunch Spot for it's great food, but also as the Best Sports Bar and Meeting Place. As you enter, you'll find a family dining area to the

Best of Olympia 2019: Tugboat Annies

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Best of Olympia 2019: Tugboat Annies

I've always been a fan of dinner and a show. There is something about the combination of a good meal and good entertainment all wrapped into one evening with a partner of choice. I'm equally fond of a weekend breakfast out where I can relax from the chores at home,

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Sound Sandwiches: Rollies Tavern's Clubhouse

IT'S A SANDWICH SERIES >>> Established in 1976, Rollies Tavern anchors the north end of McChord Field. The dive tavern is known for several things. For prowling ladies, it's a good spot to catch Air Force types all suited up and sexy. But it's even a better spot to find pizza,

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Sound Sandwiches: Top of Tacoma's Beast of Burden

IT'S A SANDWICH SERIES >>> Often considered - and awarded - one of the best bars in the South Sound, Top of Tacoma Bar and Café has extended its hours and added new menu items. Included in the menu expansion are 14 new sandwiches - most have been specials over

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Sound Sandwiches: Medi's Pizza and Pasta's Italian meatball

IT'S A SANDWICH SERIES >>> In a quest for awesome sandwiches, you should be creative. Delis, cafes, bars - those are obvious choices. If cars could drive by themselves (I think some all ready do), a sandwich command would most likely end at a deli, café or bar. Medi's Pizza &

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Sound Sandwiches: Peterson Bros. 1111's Reuben

You can get a sandwich just about anywhere, but if you want to wrap your muzzle around a monument, then you need to go to the new masters of sandwich-making - Peterson Bros. 1111. Justin and Robbie Peterson opened the "Eleven Eleven" this summer in the Hilltop Tacoma neighborhood. From

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Sound Sandwiches: Renee's Garden Sandwich at Rosewood Cafe

IT'S A SANDWICH SERIES! >>> I've always felt that eating vegetarian food is like dating that proverbial nice girl. You know you should like her (she's nice and wholesome!). You want to like her (she's good for you!). You try really hard to like her (Wow! You're so sweet!). But in

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Sound Sandwiches: Fish Tale Brew Pub's ham and Brie

IT'S A SANDWICH SERIES! >>> It's hard to elevate the sandwich into something truly extraordinary. There are a few spots in South Sound that manage, though, turning out masterful creations that put those mediocre ham-and-cheese-on-white-bread creations to shame. One of those spots is the Fish Tale Brew Pub in downtown Olympia. In

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Sound Sandwiches: The Swiss Dip

BEST SANDWICHES >>> It seems almost a "cheat" to review a French dip sandwich when discussing the best sandwiches in the South Sound. After all, isn't the sandwich simply meat and bread dipped in drippings? This is my column. I can do whatever I please (ha Pappi Swarner!). Besides, The Swiss serves

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SOUND SANDWICHES: MSM Deli's Mike's Deluxe

MAGICAL SANDWICH MAKERS >>> I know it's a bold move to visit Tacoma's Magical Sandwich Makers so early in this sandwich series, but I can't resist the MSM Deli. Yes, that's what the acronym means. Yes, it wins the Best Sandwich year after year in the Weekly Volcano's Best of Tacoma

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SOUND SANDWICHES: Antique's turkey sandwich

A SANDWICH A WEEK >>> Continuing my quest for awesome sandwiches in the South Sound, I dropped in on the Antique Sandwich Company in the little town of Ruston. It's no surprise the Antique serves a tasty sandwich. It's been around since the mid-'70s. It has "sandwich" in its name! Yes, it's

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SOUND SANDWICHES: Meconi's Hot Italian Sub

It's hard to screw up a sandwich, since it requires just enough skill to cram a couple slices of meat and maybe some cheese between two pieces of bread. By the same token, it's also hard to elevate the sandwich into something truly extraordinary. In the months to

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