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Manny’s Place

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Manny’s Place

ANNOUNCER: Always game for traditional comfort food when it includes breakfast items, Dutch and Jackie head out to the Proctor District in Tacoma. Manny's Place mirrors much of the menu items from Alfred's Café near the Tacoma Dome as both places share ownership. DUTCH: I'm happy to have these menu items

Grub Gossip

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Tacoma's roots are deeply steeped in all things hops. As a city bestowed with the moniker "Grit City" and a self-professed blue-collar vibe, a history of breweries comes naturally. There's no shortage of locally crafted brews and Tacoma is nowhere near peak saturation of suds with a plethora of well-established

Animarum

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Animarum

ANNOUNCER: There is no shortage of fine dining in the South Sound area considering the accessibility to fresh Pacific seafood. However, in search of an opportunity for an upscale meal with a European flair, Dutch and Jackie find themselves in Gig Harbor at Animarum on Harborview Drive. DUTCH: Sandwiched between an

Outside eats

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Outside eats

Get out your shades and SPF 50, tis the season when we all feel obligated to worship that fiery orb in the sky, while spending time frolicking in grassy fields and exploring all that the PNW has to offer. You already know all the waterfront locales will be bursting at

The Red Elm Café

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The Red Elm Café

ANNOUNCER: Directly in the heart of Tacoma's Hill Top neighborhood is the Red Elm Café. With limited kitchen space, they have utilized a panini press and a waffle iron to offer a simple, healthy yet creative menu with nothing over $6. This week, Dutch and Jackie head out to see

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I'm spiraling this year. The Easter Bunny visited our house a day early, you know, because Sunday was such a busy work day for us. You'd think the kids would be excited about such a thoughtful bunny hopping through the house with plastic eggs full of sugary sweet snacks and

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Mother Nature has teased us with a window or two of blissed, sunny rays of sunshine, which means more and more foodie festivities will be taking place outdoors! This is a good thing because we can now pretend that putting on our walking shoes and putting in our steps for

Beefy’s Burgers

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Beefy’s Burgers

ANNOUNCER: Gone is Fish Fish Fish on Sixth, and in its place is another burger concept from the owners of Shake Shake Shake. Dutch and Jackie head down the Ave to get their hands on a burger made from fresh beef. DUTCH: Not a lot of interior change happened from the

Tacoma Restaurant Week is back

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Tacoma Restaurant Week is back

One of the favorite parts of my job here at the Weekly Volcano is being challenged to dine out at establishments that aren't necessarily on my radar or among those I tend to have in my boring routine. We all do it; we know what we like; how we like

Tim’s Kitchen

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Tim’s Kitchen

ANNOUNCER: Tim's Kitchen, a popular stop in Orting, opened a second location on South Hill this past month. Dutch and Jackie bring their appetites this week and dive into the huge menu of diner comfort food ranging from breakfast dishes to dinner classics. DUTCH: The weekend breakfast crowd here can cause

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Eat This Now: Tacos Alambres

Huzzah! It looks like just maybe the sun has joined us in this season we call spring, kicking off the season of al fresco dining in the South Sound. Around these parts al fresco dining season is a very brief and highly coveted era. Few restaurants, save for the waterfront

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Eat This Now: Smoke + Cedar brunch

I have to admit, I'm a pretty enthusiastic eater. What can I say; I like food ... especially breakfast! There's a problem, through. I rarely get a chance to eat breakfast out. I need to hit the home coffee pot for hours before even considering putting proper clothing on to

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Eat This Now: Hummus plate

Coffee house nibbles are often slim pickings featuring delectable baked goods and not much else. B Sharp Coffee House though is a whole other beast with a menu highlighting housemade sandwiches, flatbreads and starter platters featuring veggies, cheeses and charcuteries - though yummy baked goods are within arm's reach. Among the

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Eat This Now: Catfish and Shrimp

Sometimes I make the greatest, yummiest discovers when poking around sleepy strip malls. Case in point: Beau Legs Fish and Chips. Located in a Lacey strip mall, Beau Legs is a casual, intimate dining option specializing in Southern style cuisine with Cajun flair. Think catfish, jambalaya, hush puppies and sweet potato pie.

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Eat This Now: Western Burger

Terry's Office Tavern is a true tavern. The neighborhood hangout in Tacoma's Proctor District, by definition, serves only beer and wine. If a domestic beer, reasonable priced glass of vino or classic craft brew is your thing, Terry's has you covered. Suds and sips have served them well since they

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Eat This Now: Beast of Burden

Ambiance, it counts for a lot and can make or break an establishment. Ambiance, after all, is a vital component of a restaurant's character. Of course, the place doesn't need to be fancy to have an appealing ambiance. There's a time and a place for everything and if it's time

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Eat This Now: Toasted Sesame Wraps

Sometimes strip malls yield tasty adventures in dining. Take Royal Thai Bistro in Fircrest for instance. Situated next door to Pint Defiance beer store and a slew of empty commercial storefronts on the cusp of the Tacoma/University Place intersection, you'll discover Royal Thai's intimate and classy dining space. Naturally they

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Eat This Now: Blackened New York

My clothes dryer is busted. It's the third one in a year that has gone kaput. I'm beginning to wonder if I'm cursed. Though this is bad news and highly inconvenient, there is a silver lining to the stormy cloud of having to visit the laundromat, the laundromat resides next

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Eat This Now: N'Awlins Po'Boy

I've recently shared my admiration of Boathouse 19's devilishly delectable desserts. I must not be the only one. During my last visit, the bartender informed me someone covered their dessert menu and used the phrase, ahem, "happy ending" in reference to 19's sweet treats. Though I implore you to try any

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Everyone Yen Ching tonight!

Before there was a Food Network or even a city of Lakewood, there was the Yen Ching Restaurant - a steadfast friend doling out exotic flavors from all corners of Asia as it watched other Lakewood International District restaurants come and go over its 30-year history. Lakewood is now a city,

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