A new Tacoma bakery, new giant shakes and Rosca de Reyes are yours for the eating in Tacoma
For that moment when you want to ditch that inevitable diet you started this month, here’s a bunch of delicious looking food you should eat this month. These are either new restaurants with something new to Tacoma or new menu items available only during January. Bring on the Thanksgiving pants.
Bliss Small Batch Creamery in University Place has been working on their shake game with towering masterpieces filled with all kinds of sugary treasures. The one-year-old ice cream emporium – with the area’s best selection of non-dairy ice creams – introduced towering creations in the last week. Scroll through the pictures of the shakes to see which one fits your mood. Me: Uh, the ones with the ice cream sandwich as a garnish, duh.
Oh, and by the way, they have ice cream sandwiches now, too. You’re welcome.
ADDRESS: 3556 Market Place W. University Place; 253-327-1061; https://www.facebook.com/blisstacoma
Gig Harbor’s Brimstone PNW Smokehouse, owned by Thad Lyman and Katie Doherty of Brix 25 and Netshed No 9, have introduced Korean tacos for the month. They take a gold medal in the food stretchy pants division because they’re topping their tacos with a fried egg, bibimbap style. They’re calling it Bibimiddy Bappitty Boo! It’s topped with salmon, kimchi, sticky rice, a sweet sesame soy dressing, that crispy fried egg, and pickled daikon radish. Only available in January. While you’re there, do not miss out on Doherty’s well-balanced cocktails, especially if it’s one that’s garnished with a slab of smoked bacon.
ADDRESS: 7707 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor; 253-858-2709
CUPCAKES, PIZZA, MINI PIES
CUPCAKES: Downtown Tacoma’s Hello Cupcake has mocha, snickerdoodle, butter pecan and chocolate hazelnut new to their winter menu. h
ADDRESS: 1740 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; 253-383-7772
PIZZA: It must be artichoke month or something. In the St. Helens neighborhood, Puget Sound Pizza is featuring an artichoke dip pizza for its monthly offering. It has artichoke hearts, minced garlic, spinach and parmesan cheese with an alfredo sauce.
Over at Farrelli’s, with locations in Sumner, Tacoma, Parkland, Point Ruston and Frederickson, their pizza of the month is the Primo Pesto with sausage, artichokes and cashews with buttermilk ranch and pesto sauce. Get it while you can!
ADDRESS FOR PUGET SOUND PIZZA: 317 S. Seventh St., Tacoma; 253-383-4777
FARRELLI’S LOCATIONS HERE: farrellispizza.com/
MINI PIES: Downtown Sumner’s Hometown Charm Cafe mini pies and they look absolutely splendid. Take a look at this post below.
ADDRESS: 1012 Main St., Sumner; 253-987-7633
ROSCA DE REYES
Old Times Bakery & Deli in the McKinley neighborhood and Pasteles Finos del Angel in South Tacoma both have Rosca de Reyes cakes for the epiphany! Old Times has a nice looking selection here. You can find the selection at Pasteles at this link.
OLD TIMES: 3514 Pacific Ave, Tacoma; 253-625-5898
PASTELES FINOS DEL ANGEL: 5102 S. Washington St., Tacoma; 253-448-2649
BAGELS AND BREAD
Tacoma Baking Company in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood opened this week and when it did, it resurrected the bagels from Cascade Bagels, the Lakewood bagel bakery that closed in November. The bakery purchased the Cascade equipment, and also brought some of its employees on board.
ADDRESS: 1316 Martin Luther King Junior Way, Tacoma; 253-315-5944; facebook.com/tacomabakingcompany