Rhein Haus German food in Tacoma

As you enter what was once the Titus Will auto dealership, you notice a complete transformation. The space is huge (approximately 14,000 square feet), but it has been redesigned to be cozy and warm. A massive fireplace fills the center of the room with wraparound seating. Accents include Belgian wood doors, crystal chandeliers, reclaimed SeaTac […]

Local Family Provides Seafood Harvested Boat-To-Table

“Sassy Seafood is literally my dream that came to life,” says company owner Libie Cain. “I met my husband 20 years ago when he was a Bering Sea crabber. I was working at a design firm in Seattle. So I traded my high heels for Xtratufs boots and my pantyhose and skirts for hooded sweatshirts […]

Celebrate at the New Cheesecake Factory

Tacoma has a new favorite restaurant. With its upbeat European décor, The Cheesecake Factory is known for its extensive and innovative menu, generous portions, distinctive upscale décor and legendary desserts. The first Pierce County location opened its doors this past December, with an immediate following. Upon entering, guests are greeted with enthusiasm and the hospitality […]

the mantel, culinary ascent

Are you ready to take your love of food to new heights? The Mantel is a sophisticated, neighborhood restaurant that delivers traditional meals with a unique flair. Located at Trilogy at Tehaleh, the resort-like community in Bonney Lake, The Mantel will have you feeling right at home in its lodge-inspired atmosphere. The attractive décor is […]

amazing smells at 222 market

Opened this past November, 222 Market features local and regional artisans in a European market-style setting. Husband-and-wife owners Gray and Joy Graham say they opened the business to add vitality to downtown Olympia with a fun and inviting marketplace of local and sustainable foods. As you walk into the quaint but bustling building, you immediately […]

nine of our favorite washington wines

With the holidays approaching, it’s not too early to think about what wines you will serve your holiday guests. Hamilton Cellars Champoux Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills, 2012 Aged in 50% new French oak barrels, this wine has a distinct peppery spice nose with flavors of rich, dark fruit. The oak con-tributes subtle vanilla notes […]

sweet treats for this holiday season!

The holidays are filled with sweets. You have to splurge sometimes, right? We’ve compiled our favorite sweet treats to savor and share. Dessert Fondue Melting Pot Tacoma Melted chocolate fondue is served with fresh strawberries, blondies, bananas, pineapple, marshmallow treats, pound cake and brownies. Gluten-free dipper plate available on request. 2121 Pacific Ave, Tacoma 253.535.3939 […]


The tango. Gaucho crafts. Soccer. Siestas. Argentina is rich in culture, but you need not hop on a plane to enjoy authentic Argentine fare. Located in the heart of the Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue business district, Asado boasts traditional cuisine from the South American country. Loosely translated, asado means “Argentine barbeque” and is a classic method […]

batdorf & bronson coffee roasters celebrates 30 years

An anniversary is a time for celebration and Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters is celebrating three decades of delivering exceptional coffee and customer service. Based in Olympia (and with a couple of locations in and around Atlanta, Georgia), the coffee company has strived for excellence not only in offering a quality product but in serving […]

Marlene’s Market and Deli Celebrates 40 Years

In April 2016, Marlene Beadle celebrated 40 years in business in South Puget Sound. If you’d asked her in 1976 whether she expected her new health food store to be successful, she might have been unsure how to answer. But as the organic sector enters its second decade as the largest growth category in the […]


Nestled in the heart of Tacoma, Matador is a suave downtown dining hub that feels just right at any time. On the menu is made-from-scratch, Northwest-influenced Mexican fare, hearty and healthy, as well as tasty. During lunch and dinner hours you’ll find a cozy noshing nook at one of the big wooden tables or booths […]

The Ultimate Summer Party: 2016 Taste of Tacoma

This summer, Tacoma is gearing up once again to host the annual Emerald Queen Casino Taste of Tacoma® presented by BECU. For over 30 years, the popular event has attracted residents from all around the Puget Sound region. The Taste is not only the largest festival in Tacoma but as Tacoma’s “Ultimate Summer Get-Together,” it’s […]

Iron Rabbit Restaurant and Bar

“Cozy, little, undiscovered.” That’s how Crystal Kampling, general manager of Iron Rabbit Restaurant & Bar describes this low-key dining gem in Olympia. Its gorgeously plated, exquisitely savory cuisine draws loyal regulars who like to keep mum about their secret foodie spot. In fact, the restaurant has been a bastion of creative Euro-international cuisine for a […]

Lighten Up With Fresh Seafood at Redwind

At Nisqually Red Wind Casino’s new Seafood Restaurant, opened last July, guests can enjoy the freshest catch in the Pacific Northwest, says Executive Chef Roberto Los Banos. The restaurant is quickly gaining popularity among sushi lovers, as well as fans of traditional seafood fare. Featured on the menu Thursday through Saturday, sushi now attracts a […]

Dolce Si – Point Ruston’s New Sweet Spot

Something sweet is happening on Ruston Way. Anyone with a love of Italian pastries, gelato and freshly baked focaccia bread will want to check out one of Tacoma’s newest cafés: Dolce Si, Italian for “sweet you.” The Sicilian bakery café opened its doors in November 2015 at Point Ruston, directly below the Copperline Apartments. With […]

Terra’s Kitchen, a FRESH take on meals

Terra’s Kitchen was founded by a team of foodies, wellness professionals, nutritionists and farmers working together to solve a question that we often ask ourselves: How do we find time to eat good food and live healthier lives while raising a family and pursuing a career? came up with an appetizing answer: a meal service, […]

Cheese Lovers Guide

From the Skagit Valley to Pike Place Market to the heart of the Palouse, Washington state produces some of the world’s tastiest cheese. Cheese lovers agree that Washington’s artisan cheeses are delicious and worthy of praise. In fact, several Washington cheeses have been recognized not only locally, but globally, for their superior flavor and quality. […]

Nine Of Our Favorite Washington Wines

1. Cayuse Vineyards, God Only Knows, Grenache Armada Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley, 2009 This is an aromatically arresting wine with umami and prominent floral notes, alongside peat, olive brine, and sea salt. It’s soft and seductive, offering abundant savory flavors and a long, lingering finish. 2. Force Majeure Collaboration Series VI, Red Wine Ciel […]

Best Breakfasts

Breakfast is celebrated in a big way in the South Sound, making it the perfect place for a culinary tour of morning meals.. Whether you’re noshing with friends or family or out-of-town guests, as a couple, or just enjoying time solo, below are some of our top stops for meals to tempt everyone’s taste buds. […]

Ricardo’s Restaurant

Born and raised in Lacey, Rick Nelson first acquired his passion for food while bussing tables at his grandfather’s beloved local pizza parlor, Dirty Dave’s. The Timberline High School grad developed foodie traction at the Olympia Farmers Market. This was followed by stints as sous chef at Genoa’s on the Bay and at the iconic […]