Tacoma’s first Detroit-style pizza pro has finally opened his brick-and-mortar store, and one of Gig Harbor’s favorite pizzerias has landed in the Proctor District.
It’s a great time for wine lovers, as the city has two new wine bars, one of which is an extension of a longtime stadium destination. On Sixth Avenue, Field Bar has extended its hours of operation, opening earlier in the day for retail of its remarkable collection of natural wines.
Across the bridge, Gig Harbor offers another option for Thai cuisine.
Here’s a look at recently opened restaurants in Tacoma and Pierce County for fresh spring dishes.
TACOMA WINE MERCHANTS – OLD TOWN
2112 North 30th St., Tacoma, tacomawinemerchants.com
Rob and Kelly Richards have unveiled their second wine bar and retail boutique. Incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated, the couple are happy to guide you to the best bottle for any occasion at any cost. Of course, the rosé shines bright as summer rolls around – and what they have on the shelves here will surely beat anything you’ll find at the grocery store. Starting in June, they plan to add charcuterie boards, cheese plates and wine-friendly preserves, high-quality fish preserves popular in Spain and Portugal that have found a niche in the United States in recent years. United. The original Stadium District store at 23A North Tacoma Ave. is temporarily closed while they reorganize and the new store finds its footing. Old Town is open for bottle sales, on-site sips, and occasional winemaker tastings Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Follow instagram.com/tacomawinemerchants for updates.
4417 6th Ave., Tacoma, 253-320-8734, tacomapie.com
Hospitality industry veteran Dean Shivers brought his unique style of pan pizza to Tacoma in 2020. Shaped after the square pies of Detroit, the grandma’s pies attributed to Long Island home cooks, and the Sicilian slices reminiscent of focaccia, Tacoma Pie begins as a three-day fermented dough, delivering flavor and crunch. Look for the quintessential frico on the outer edge of these heavy 8-slice pizzas. After serving only take-out food in the kitchen of The Gourmet Niche commissariat across the street, Shivers has opened its own storefront next to Da Tiki Hut. A liquor license and patio seating are on the way, but for now, enjoy the city’s only on-site seating or order takeout online and by phone. Family, open Wednesday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
TAQUERIA Dona CHOLE
4540 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-733-8142, instagram.com/taqueriadonachole
Find this new taqueria in a food truck parked in the lot of Lola’s Tires at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and 46th Street in Tacoma. Street tacos on corn tortillas include a few specialties such as smoked pork chop taco, lengua, and grilled pork and cheese Malibu with salsa pastor. The “gringas” menu features flour tortillas with your choice of meat, cheese, onions, cilantro, and salsa, and, yes, there are burritos. Open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (open half an hour later on Wednesday).
THE PORT CITY OF TACOMA
4816 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-503-3398, harborcitytacoma.com
First announced in 2020, one of Seattle’s most popular dim sum destinations has finally opened its Tacoma restaurant. The building at 48th and Pacific retains much of its old style as Josefina’s Mexican Restaurant, with two dining rooms. The varied menu offers many dumplings but also many staples of Chinese-American cuisine: chicken with cashews, green beans with pork, seafood noodles and Peking duck. Open for take-out and on-site catering (digital menus only), Wednesday to Monday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (closed on Tuesdays).
2515 N Proctor St., Tacoma, 253-301-2994, millhouseproctor.com
The family behind Gig Harbor’s popular Millville Pizza Co. is opening their Tacoma restaurant on May 10. Millhouse & The Blind Pig replaces Europa Bistro, which John and Alyssa Ross bought earlier this year. They updated the space and turned one side into a family-friendly pizzeria and sandwich shop (Millhouse) and the other into a cocktail bar (The Blind Pig), with thoughtful wine selections, draft beer and classic cocktails. The menu features a dozen signature pizzas available in 8- or 12-inch sizes, five house salads, a trio of pastas – including two with house spaghetti – and nine sandwiches, including a veggie on house focaccia and an Italian with prosciutto and manchego. . Online order to come, but for now, on site or call to take away, every day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Bar open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday and until midnight from Friday to Saturday.
GIG HARBOR THAI CUISINE
8825 N Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, 253-432-4211, gigharborthaicuisine.com
A new Thai restaurant in Gig Harbor has replaced The Marketplace Grill on Harborview Drive. The menu starts with standards such as spring rolls and potstickers and moves on to yum woon sen (seafood and chicken with glass noodles), spicy som tum (papaya salad), phad thai and fried rice. with your choice of six proteins. House specialties include braised lamb in red curry, kao mun kai (galangal and ginger chicken) and panang curry with grilled salmon and crispy eggplant. Finish with coconut cake or gauy thod (fried bananas with ice cream). Open every day for take-out and meals on site, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (until 8:30 a.m. from Friday to Saturday).
507 STORING AND FILLING STATION
608 Yelm Ave. East, Yelm, 507taproomandfillingstation.com
This Yelm business now has two taprooms in town. The first (west side) continues to serve beer, wine and cider at 106 Prairie Park St. and is now available for daily rental, according to Nisqually Valley News. About a mile up the road, the second location (east side) – a former bank branch – began to leak from double taps in late April. Both spaces offer plenty of communal bars and seating, both indoors and outdoors, with occasional visits from food trucks. West open Monday-Thursday 4pm-9pm, Friday-Saturday 2pm-11pm, Sunday noon-7pm East open Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-11pm
▪ Dahlman Cellars is expected to open its wine boutique and tasting room soon at 113 N Tacoma Ave., next to the Art House Cafe. Owners Jim and Andrea Dahlman source grapes from small family-owned vineyards focused on Eastern Washington, bottled at Woodinville Custom Wines.
▪ Farrelli’s Pizza has two new locations on the way. The first of the pair will open next month in Silverdale at 2222 NW Bucklin Hill Road. The second, at 813 W Yelm Ave., is slated to open in August. The additions will make 10 total Farrelli outposts for this DuPont-based family business, which is also home to his Irish pub, McNamara’s.
▪ Bliss Small Batch Creamery has a fourth store on the way, this one in DuPont. In 2018, sisters Theresa Fouquette and Stacie Leaf opened their first outpost at University Place. They followed with a scoop store inside Top Pot Donuts and an outpost in Snohomish, their hometown, in 2020. After serving at the DuPont Farmers Market last summer from their ice cream truck, they discovered “the perfect place,” Fouquette said, and now are “super excited to be part of the surrounding DuPont and JBLM community.”
▪ Poor Dave’s Market, a specialty food store in Bonney Lake, has closed at 20616 WA-410. The Brown family had opened the store last fall to fill a void for local produce, meat and more. After launching subscription boxes, akin to a model of community-supported agriculture, the family decided to close the store for personal reasons.
▪ Verone’s Italian Kitchen & Sausage Co. closed both its storefront at 604 Regents Blvd. to Ficrest and its wholesale business. A Tacoma staple for a century, the family has reached the point of retirement. The market had replaced Viafore’s Italian delicatessen at the end of 2020; now there’s a void left for Italian-American meatball sandwiches.
This story was originally published May 10, 2022 5:00 a.m.