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En Rama

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En Rama

ANNOUNCER: Hidden in the corner of the Old Post Office building in downtown Tacoma, En Rama serves up creative seasonal cocktails to anyone able to find their way here despite the absence of any signage. With the help of their smartphones, Dutch and Jackie pull up a stool this week

Summit Pub

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Summit Pub

ANNOUNCER: The Washington State Fair season is in full effect, giving Jackie and Dutch the perfect excuse to hit up some Puyallup area hot spots. This week, they wanted to take a peek at Summit Pub's new digs. JACKIE: I'd never been to the OG Summit Pub so I don't have

Wooden City

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Wooden City

ANNOUNCER: Located on the far end of Pacific Ave. in downtown Tacoma just off the edge of the Stadium District, Wooden City takes over the spot formerly occupied by Café Vincero. Award-winning chefs offer a variety of selections ranging from wood-fired pizzas and burgers to oysters on the half shell

Hop Jack’s

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Hop Jack’s

ANNOUNCER: With already five locations throughout the Puget Sound, Hop Jack's opened a sixth location in Lakewood this summer. Advertised as the neighborhood gathering place, Dutch and Jackie head out to see why everyone is gathering here.DUTCH: Walking into Hop Jack's, you're hit with the buzzing of conversations, TVs with

Ten South Sound essential meals

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Ten South Sound essential meals

With such a generous variety of cuisines available in the South Sound, it can be difficult to decide what to eat. We’ve all been there, deciding between a burger or Chinese take-out. However, diversity can also offer some great dishes that you don’t find at every restaurant, or at the

Build a Burger

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Build a Burger

ANNOUNCER: On the prowl for a strip mall gem, Jackie and Dutch caught wind of the newly opened Build a Burger and high-tailed it down Tacoma Mall Boulevard to check it out.    JACKIE: You could easily miss Build a Burger as you zip down the Boulevard, but you'd be missing out

Narai Asian Cuisine

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Narai Asian Cuisine

ANNOUNCER: With so many places in the South Sound to get Asian food, Jackie and Dutch head south to Olympia this week to check out Narai Asian Cuisine. This family-owned business offers classes in Thai cooking, dancing and language in addition to serving up their inspired dishes. Jackie and Dutch

Pizza Press

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Pizza Press

ANNOUNCER: Dutch and Jackie caught wind of the new pizza parlor with a editorial twist opening on the Ave. Once the grand opening lines died down, the two jetted down to get their pizza pie fix. JACKIE: This was the perfect opportunity for a family dinner date, I'd say. My

Olympia Coffee Roasting Company

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Olympia Coffee Roasting Company

ANNOUNCER: Tacoma has its share of small independent coffee shops, and Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. can now be added to the growing list since opening shop in the Proctor neighborhood. We didn't have to ask Jackie and Dutch twice to get them to a coffee spot. DUTCH: I visited on a

Best Tap Room, Best Bottle Shop: Peaks and Pints

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Best Tap Room, Best Bottle Shop: Peaks and Pints

Peaks and Pints is already established as a neighborhood destination watering hole for those in and around the growing neighborhood of Proctor. One walk in the door and you'll feel the friendly vibe from owners Robby Peterson, Justin Peterson and Ron Swarner and their dedicated staff. The back of the dining

Rock the Dock Pub

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Rock the Dock Pub

ANNOUNCER: Dutch and Jackie head just off the beaten path of the heart of Tacoma's Downtown to hidden gem, Rock the Dock Pub. They were both hankering for a neighborhood bar vibe with premier waterfront views. Let's check in.  DUTCH: When you drive up to Rock the Dock, you feel like

Red Star Taco Bar

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Red Star Taco Bar

ANNOUNCER: In April, Seattle's Red Star Taco Bar joined many other successful eateries and opened a location here in Tacoma. Dutch and Jackie took advantage of the now easy commute downtown to give the tacos a tasting. JACKIE: I will admit, I came skeptical. Tacoma is reaching near peak taco

King Solomon's Reef

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King Solomon's Reef

Announcer: It was due time that Jackie and Dutch headed to Olympia to indulge in some classic diner grub. The King Solomon's Reef signage called out like a beacon, so the two popped into their cars and heeded the call. Jackie: King Solomon's Reef catches my attention every time I visit

Satisfying, Cheesy Nostalgia

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Satisfying, Cheesy Nostalgia

ANNOUNCER: Dutch and Jackie went looking for something simple, old school, and flavorful this week. Their search took them to Pizza Casa in Lakewood; a family owned and operated Italian eatery since 1958 serving up pizza, salads, Italian sandwiches, and pasta to its faithful patrons.   DUTCH: Full disclosure: I've been eating

Fried chicken done right!

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Fried chicken done right!

If like me, your mom made the best fried chicken in town, then you've become a bit of a snob when it comes to eating this American staple in a restaurant. I spent the last month on a fried chicken pilgrimage to see who, if anyone, could match the culinary

Table 47

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Table 47

ANNOUNCER: It was due time to pop in the car and hand over that hefty bridge toll to visit one of the newest dining destinations in Gig Harbor. Boasting plates full of farm-to-table fresh ingredients, Table 47 was a must-stop for Dutch and Jackie this week. JACKIE: My ol' day

Matriarch Lounge

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Matriarch Lounge

ANNOUNCER: This week, while Jackie works behind the bar, Dutch joins Christina to check out the Matriarch Lounge. It's a unique mixture of a modern, funky vibe of food, drinks and décor that Jackie has worked so hard to help create.   DUTCH: I was instantly impressed by the large and welcoming

The Harvester

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The Harvester

ANNOUNCER: A long-time popular neighborhood shop in the Stadium District, The Harvester has been serving up diner-style food for years. Now under new management, the old menu has been tossed and a new all-scratch menu has replaced it. Jackie and Dutch rushed in to see what changes have occurred in

Lovino Ristorante Italiano in Ruston

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Lovino Ristorante Italiano in Ruston

ANNOUNCER: After a long wait, Lovino Italian restaurant opened a few weeks ago in Ruston. Jackie and Dutch rushed in, even before the cobwebs could be cleaned away, to dine on authentic scratch-made pasta, bread and other hard-to-find dishes.   DUTCH: Though the early stages of any restaurant always bring about some

Shakabrah

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Shakabrah

ANNOUNCER: A staple in North Tacoma, Shakabrah serves up hearty egg and griddle breakfasts for the hungry masses. Under new ownership this past year, many of the favorites are still on the menu, but now with a liquor license, breakfast as well as nightlife has a new feel on 6th

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