Alfresco Appetites in the South Sound

With the return of the glorious summer sun and a collective yearning for the chance to escape our homes and reconnect with family and friends, we are all looking for an opportunity to catch up over cocktails or celebrate special events with loved ones. Under patio umbrellas or nestled next to a table fire pit, favorite options for dining alfresco abound in the South Sound.

Tacoma

Tacoma boasts an array of restaurants that have amazing water views of Foss Waterway, Commencement Bay, and
the Salish Sea.

The Social Bar and Grill
Located next to the Museum of Glass, The Social Bar and Grill features American food and is perfect for dinners that go past dark with 9 tables featuring fire pits.

The Fish Peddler
With a large patio, The Fish Peddler offers seafood options with a casual and laid back attitude. You can also get fresh fish to prepare at home from their seafood counter.

Boathouse 19 and Narrows Brewing Company
Nestled next to the Narrows Bridge, you can take in amazing sunsets at Boathouse 19 and Narrows Brewing. in the South Sound

Gig Harbor

Just a quick trip across the Narrows Bridge will bring you to the waterfront restaurants in picturesque Gig Harbor.

NetShed No. 9
With stellar waterfront views, NetShed No. 9 is a great place for casual meetups. Make sure to check out the Ooey Gooey Skillet Cookie as a special treat to celebrate.

Morso Bistro
A cozy wine bar, Morso Bistro is a great place to unwind and relax while taking in stunning views of the Harbor.

Olympia

Octapas Cafe
Next to Capitol Lake you can find the new Octapas Cafe which features Spanish tapas as well as extensive weekend brunch options.

Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar
Run by second generation oyster farmers, Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar offers a menu featuring organic, sustainably farmed oysters grown in the Eld and Totten Inlets of the Salish Sea.

Puyallup and Beyond

Farm 12
Located on a former family-run flower farm, Farm 12 Restaurant and Events is a farm-to-table restaurant that offers a menu made from scratch, often featuring locally grown items.

Toscanos Italian Grill
If you are looking for an upscale patio experience alfresco, look no further than Toscanos. Chef specials and signature cocktails round out a distinctly elevated dining experience.

The South Sound has an extensive array of alfresco dining opportunities where you can feel the summer sun or watch the waves. As always, please call to find out hours of operation and make reservations if needed.

HILLARY RYAN

Toscanos Has a New Dining Experience

Toscanos in Puyallup has always provided an exceptional dining experience and, after remodeling this spring, they are now have a beautiful, modern expanded bar with double the seating in the dining room and a new wine tower that will showcase Toscanos’s vast wine collection.

Along with the newly-updated space, Toscanos is adding fresh new offerings to the menu. Chef Cole Aker-Inabnit explains, “We are excited to offer new menu items, craft cocktails and happy hour menus, while focusing on supporting small businesses in the community and providing an elevated menu focused on clean, simple ingredients.”  For example, Toscanos hired a local artist to craft bread boards for their new bread presentation that features locally sourced loaves. 

Toscanos loves to see the smiling faces of guests again! “My parents both loved to cook,” says Chef Cole, “and we were always in the kitchen and I enjoy sharing that passion for food with each guest. We want to make each guest welcome and comfortable.”

“The community has been a great support to us and we want to continue to give back,” says owner Sue Walker. “We have been able to ‘give back’ every Monday during the shutdown and we provided meals to first responders, nurses, fire fighters and local heroes. In 16 years, we have donated nearly 1 million dollars to the community.”

The restaurant plans to continue expansion with a new, heated, year-round outdoor atrium which will expand the establishment’s footprint. Phase two construction began this fall with plans to complete the project in spring 2022.  For a fresh new experience and to celebrate, connect and enjoy the pleasures of life, reserve your table at toscanospuyallup.com or call (253) 864-8600.

Up Your Culinary Game With a Cooking Class

Have you thought about how many meals you prepare for your family each week? Or how you pull off preparing tasty, healthy meals week after week without any formal training? Whether you’re a novice or an experienced home cook, if you’ve dreamed about upping your culinary game, why not take a cooking class and impress the loved ones gathered around your table!

Bayview School of Cooking
Located at Bayview Thriftway, BSC offers a tantalizing array of culinary classes for adults and children. The emphasis is on the fresh flavors from the Pacific Northwest and other ethnic flavors from around the world. In addition to its own team of instructors, BSC invites regional chefs, cookbook authors and restaurateurs to guestteach. Its specialty, multicourse dinners with wine/beer pairings, are a real treat.
Bayview School of Cooking
516 West Fourth Ave, Olympia
360.754.1448
bayviewschoolofcooking.com

Metro Parks Tacoma STAR Center
Among other amenities, South Tacoma’s Activity and Recreation Center has kitchen facilites perfect for hands-on cooking classes. The focus is on teaching family-friendly recipes and techniques. Classes are usually limited to 15 attendees, and community members can receive a discount by purchasing a STAR pass.
Metro Parks Tacoma STAR Center
3873 South 66th St, Tacoma
253.305.1022
metroparkstacoma.org/cooking-nutrition

Toscanos Italian Grill
Chef Tom Pantley serves up a demonstration-style cooking class and dinner at Toscanos every other month or so. He covers a variety of cooking techniques and styles to help attendees acquire the skills to increase their enjoyment of cooking for friends and family. Cooking classes include a four course dinner, wine sample, recipes and instruction. Chef Tom has been staging these entertaining, informative classes for over 25 years.
Toscanos Italian Grill
437 29th St NE, Puyallup
253.864.8600
toscanospuyallup.com

Ready to add new recipes to your regular meal repertoire and learn how to prepare delicious foods for every occasion? Choose a class that meets your interests and let’s get cooking!

KELLY LENIHAN