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A gem in the harbor

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A gem in the harbor

ANNOUNCER: After all the tequila and tacos last week, Dutch and Jackie needed to kickstart this weekend with the most important meal of the day, breakfast ... well, maybe brunch if you get a late start. Enter NetShed No. 9 in Gig Harbor. Their menu boasts brunch staples with a

El Borracho

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El Borracho

ANNOUNCER: Yet another Seattle success has branched out to the Tacoma area. In this case -- the easy-going Mexican cantina El Borracho, located on 6th Ave. in the North End. Jackie and Dutch jumped at the chance to leave the kids behind and grab some tequila and bites at an

Keeping it classic

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Keeping it classic

ANNOUNCER: This week, Dutch and Jackie are transported from Olympia's bustling, Bohemian downtown to a true speakeasy style joint as they crossed the threshold into Dillinger's Cocktails and Kitchen Rum Room. JACKIE: The ambiance is delightfully swanky. A rich and plush character is set with beautiful hanging chandeliers, a distinguished

Southern Kitchen

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Southern Kitchen

ANNOUNCER: The Southern Kitchen's downhome scratch Southern cooking is hardly a secret to anyone that's been in town long enough to ask, "where's a good place to eat?" This week, Jackie and Dutch visit what has been a mainstay since 1995 to enjoy what is often boasted as a favorite

Sel Restaurant

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Sel Restaurant

ANNOUNCER: Tucked away in Tacoma's St. Helens' neighborhood, Dutch and Jackie visit Sel Restaurant. An elevated brunch menu paired with one of the best views in town lures those looking for a compelling dining experience from near and far. No kiddies allowed; the establishment is 21 and up. JACKIE: Sel

Devoted Kiss Cafe

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Devoted Kiss Cafe

ANNOUNCER: Though Gig Harbor seems a distant town off the beaten path, in actuality, it's just minutes from Tacoma across the Narrows Bridge. This week, Dutch and Jackie venture to the far end of the Harbor to a little hole in the wall -- Devoted Kiss Cafe. Visited often by

Dress up your buns at Olympia Hotdog Company

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Dress up your buns at Olympia Hotdog Company

ANNOUNCER: Feeling like a little funky adventure, Dutch and Jackie head south to Olympia Hotdog Company. They could have made it real interesting and opted for a night of dancing or enjoying a drag show at the hotdog joint's homebase venue, Jakes on 4th. But instead, chose to enjoy this

Best outside eateries

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Best outside eateries

During the unusually dry summer this year, I found myself searching for places I could eat, drink, and socialize outside where I could fully enjoy sunshine. We are fortunate here in the South Sound to have so many options that combine great views with tasty and creative food and drinks.

Black Kettle Bites and Brew

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Black Kettle Bites and Brew

ANNOUNCER: Family friendly by day, and adults-only by night, the welcoming community feel of Black Kettle Bites and Brew brings Jackie and Dutch in for a bite ... and maybe a brew or two. JACKIE: Black Kettle has a great vibe, loads of natural light pours in and their patio is

Hawaii dreaming

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Hawaii dreaming

ANNOUNCER: With summer days waning, Dutch and Jackie were hankering for uber fresh fare and satiated their needs with a visit to Sam Choy's Poke to the Max. Once a food truck find only, this brick-and-mortar establishment located on Pacific Ave. near University of Washington-Tacoma, is an expansion of the

Alegre Bakery and Gelato

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Alegre Bakery and Gelato

ANNOUNCER: Tacoma's charming Proctor District is booming with new retail and dining spaces opening their doors nearly every month. This week, Dutch and Jackie hit the area's newest café, Alegre Bakery and Gelato. Boasting house-made baked goods, handmade gelato, roasted bean concoctions and a hearty wine and brew selection, Alegre

Best coffee house: Anthem Coffee

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Best coffee house: Anthem Coffee

Coffee is never hard to find in the Pacific Northwest, and Tacoma is no exception. A quick cup of Joe can be found on nearly every street corner.  Sometimes, however, we need a little more.  Sure, we need a good cup of coffee -- but we also need friendly service,

Red Wagon Burgers & Philly Cheese Steak

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Red Wagon Burgers & Philly Cheese Steak

ANNOUNCER:  Open just short of a year now, Dutch and Jackie tackle the monster-sized burgers at Red Wagon Burgers and Philly Cheese Steak. Specializing in charbroiled burgers, cheesesteaks, fries and shakes, there is something for everyone here. DUTCH: The advantage of being located in the Westgate Shopping Center is that there

Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar

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Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar

ANNOUNCER: In the heart of downtown Olympia is the 222 Market, which opened last fall.  This artisanal market boasts an open-air concept with restaurants, a flower shop, creperie and more.  This week, Dutch and Jackie hit up Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar to try some local shellfish. JACKIE: The 222 Market is

Point Defiance Tap and Grill

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Point Defiance Tap and Grill

ANNOUNCER: Our review team is changing at the Weekly Volcano. The dePaul brothers have moved their reservation, and starting this week we welcome the team of Dutch Randall and Jackie Fender. Happy dining! DUTCH: Open for a few years now, Point Defiance Tap and Grill still has that clean and new

Fresh catch seafood in the South Sound

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Fresh catch seafood in the South Sound

One of the many great things about living in the Pacific Northwest is the abundance of fresh seafood. And equally fortunate is that seafood isn't difficult to find across the South Sound.  Whether you like it deep fried, spicy, grilled, or even combined with other fresh Northwest ingredients, there are

Discover new restaurants

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Discover new restaurants

It's time to get out of your dining rut and discover new South Sound restaurants. And to help you, we have a few suggestions, at places you should definitely try. Hometown DogsNot satisfied with the sub-par Chicago dog offerings in the Puget Sound, Debby Graham decided that with her close proximity

Best drive-thrus

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Best drive-thrus

Far too often I find myself not wanting to go out and not wanting to cook, which usually lands me in my car and in a drive-thru. Drive-thrus have a reputation for poor-quality food, but that's not always the case. I've driven around and "thru" enough South Sound towns to

South Sound desserts

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South Sound desserts

There are times when our need for sweets takes over and we just need that fix. If you are like me, it takes more than a warm cookie - which I can make at home - to get me off my couch and out the door to fill that need.

Cozy escapes

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Cozy escapes

One look out your window and it's easy to see that winter is quickly upon us all in the South Sound. The wind, rain and cold have arrived in full force to erase any doubt that summer weather might stick around a bit longer. Now is the time of year

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