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In search of top happy hours

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In search of top happy hours

There are a lot of things that make a bar successful, and without question, a good happy hour is one of them.  Nearly every, pub, bar, tavern, restaurant in town has a signature twist intended to bring us in to partake.  And with so many to choose from, how do

Food trucks we love

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Food trucks we love

When I was a kid, the only mobile food around was the ice cream truck, but today, times have changed and food trucks in the South Sound are more than just a trend, there are some solid, absolutely can't-be-beat menus out there on wheels.  The choices today are more varied

Top 10 sandwiches

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Top 10 sandwiches

Of all the available foods across the South Sound, my favorite has to be the sandwich.  It's the simplicity of it all - bread, meat, and cheese - the formula for success.  However, there are a handful of places nearby that have elevated this to a new standard.  Magical Sandwich

A cupcake love story

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A cupcake love story

Nothing says "I love you" like sweet treats for your sweetheart, and with Valentine's Day just around the corner, we've searched the South Sound for the sweetest choices.  When looking for portable desserts that are pleasing to both the eyes and taste buds, the cupcake is the way to go. 

Maxwell's Speakeasy

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Maxwell's Speakeasy

If you have expensive taste when it comes to food, it can be a little tough on your pocketbook. But don't fret, after being closed for several months due to flood damage, Maxwell's in Tacoma has reopened and once again is offering happy hour each afternoon from 4-6 p.m.  This

It's Greek to Me

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It's Greek to Me

It's Greek to Me has been an institution in Tacoma for over 22 years, and if you've ever grabbed a gyro from the drive-thru, then you have been part of their success over the years.  This past spring, owner Jim Wick made the move across the street. The new location

Winter comfort food

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Winter comfort food

  Winter is clearly here, and the season calls for heavy sweaters and hearty meals.  Comfort food is different to every person, and as an individually driven craving, it varies a great deal.  But generally, it is a generous helping of whatever makes you feel, well, comfortable.  Some of the best

Vostok Dumpling House

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Vostok Dumpling House

Seattle's Vostok Dumpling House has added a second location right here in Tacoma on Commerce Street. Now Tacomans can also enjoy quick bites of Eastern Europe for lunch or dinner for just a few bucks out of their pocket as most tastings range between $5-$10 for half and full orders,

The Mandolin Sushi and Steak House

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The Mandolin Sushi and Steak House

South 12th in Tacoma is very much a collection of houses and assorted businesses, so to succeed, the business really needs to be of great quality.  The Mandolin, located near Proctor and S. 12th has divided the building into an impressive balance of both the Japanese art of sushi and

A four-alarm eatery

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A four-alarm eatery

Engine House #9, E9 as it is most often called, has been a Tacoma landmark for decades, and continues to be a destination for the thirsty and hungry because of two reasons: great food and a huge selection of beer and spirits. The iconic firehouse and commitment to its history

MiSo Asian Bistro

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MiSo Asian Bistro

Ryan and Leena Rommann wanted to share their love for Korean flavors and spices with the community of Lacey.  Though it's not technically all Korean cuisine, MiSo Asian Bistro is clearly inspired by the flavors of Leena's childhood, and as Ryan describes it, "it is basically Subway for Asian food."

Tops in Tacoma

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Tops in Tacoma

The Top of Tacoma Bar and Cafe has been a popular watering hole in the McKinley district of Tacoma for years, but while popular to those that know it, it's still an unknown for many local diners.  You literally have to pass the Tacoma Dome and work your car over

Dragon's Crawfish

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Dragon's Crawfish

One of the great things about the Pacific Northwest is the wonderful variety of cuisine choices we have available just moments from our doorstep. So much so in fact, that we forget that we don't corner the market on great food.  Dragon's Crawfish on the Eastside has shown up just

The simple sandwich

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The simple sandwich

There seems to be a day or days in every week where there just isn't enough time during the day to do much of anything, including eat.  So, if you're like me, you simply grab something on the go. And because of this, I often surrender quality or sometimes even

Breakfast anyone?

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Breakfast anyone?

My mother always said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but let's face it, most mornings I'm just pouring myself a bowl of cereal. But there are times, when Mom's words ring true, and I know I need a hearty breakfast to start the day.  This,

Second attempt

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Second attempt

Ever have one of those days where your brain simply doesn't cooperate with the rest of your body? Well, me too. In fact, something happened on the way to The Forum in downtown Tacoma a few weeks ago. After immersing myself in the historic Olympus Hotel, enjoying a few drinks

Indo Asian Street Eatery

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Indo Asian Street Eatery

Open for just a few months, Indo Asian Street Eatery already has a pretty steady following within the Stadium District community.  One look as you walk in, or even a glance at the simple and straight forward menu will tell you nearly everything you need to know.  The next thing

Stink and El Tufo

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Stink and El Tufo

Stink Cheese and Meat, with its signature sandwiches, has been satisfying the lunch crowds in downtown Tacoma since it opened its doors in 2011.  Since that time, Stink has added an attached wine bar to ensure success with the after-work crowds as well.  El Tufo, Spanish for stink, is of

Go inside The Vault

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Go inside The Vault

The great thing about a city that thrived in the pre-WW2 era is that there are great old buildings that are being utilized as condos, studios and restaurants all over town. This makes for some venues that draw people in for the old timey feel, and if you add quality

Doyle's Public House

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Doyle's Public House

Already well known in North Tacoma for its great Irish beer and the loud soccer fans that gather for matches televised on one of the multiple TV's around the bar, Doyle's Public House has much more to offer than beer and soccer.  Items such as Irish soda bread, Irish Tatchos

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