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RDBcooks Jan 12, 2011 09:02 AM

A last minute trip to Seattle area has come up for this weekend. Arriving Saturday morning, staying at the Cedarbrook Lodge near SeaTac, and traveling to Gig Harbor on Saturday afternoon and Sunday . In search of a restaurant for dinner on Saturday night, somewhere in the SeaTac area. I would prefer seafood and vegetarian options.

Any recommendations for breakfast and lunch in the Gig Harbor area, which can include Tacoma would also be helpful.

Robert

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    eat.rest.repeat Jan 12, 2011 10:08 AM

    Robert -

    The restaurant in the Cedarbrook Lodge is called Copperleaf and happens to be really, really fantastic. I would suggest that you have a wonderful dinner right there - plenty of seafood options. And if they have the chestnut soup on the menu it is a must.

    In Gig Harbor I had a great lunch at the Green Turtle but that was 5 years ago and I hear that the owner might have changed. Aside from there, I am not too familiar with what to eat in Gig Harbor. There is an Anthony's there and that is a pretty safe fall back option.

    Enjoy!

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    Green Turtle
    2905 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

    Copperleaf Restaurant
    18525 36th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98188

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      RDBcooks Jan 12, 2011 12:09 PM

      Thanks

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      Leper Jan 12, 2011 02:07 PM

      Gig Harbor is devoid of any breakfast options. However, a 5 minute drive across the scenic Narrows Bridge offers the Southern Kitchen. (Sixth & Division in Tacoma; recently featured on Diners, Drive-In's & Dives.) Order the big catfish breakfast. Also recommended for dinner in Tacoma would be the tuna dish served at Indochine, a Pan-Asian fusion restaurant located downtown on Pacific Avenue. (Not the restaurant in University Place.) For a lunch of fish & chips, the Tides Tavern in Gig Harbor is an institution and a chow-worthy destination. Finally, in the Tacoma suburb of Fife, humble Sapporo serves excellent, affordable sushi and seafood for both lunch & dinner.

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      Southern Kitchen Restaurant
      1716 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405

      Tides Tavern
      2925 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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        mrnelso Jan 12, 2011 02:59 PM

        A hearty second for Catfish at Southern Kitchen

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        Southern Kitchen Restaurant
        1716 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405

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        RDBcooks Jan 27, 2011 08:28 AM

        This is a late update on my weekend trip.
        1. Copperleaf - Outstanding meal: The "Dungeness Crab Gnocchi" was wonderful, light and well balanced. The "Stiebrs Farm Organic Beef Short Ribs" was, according to our Texas carnivore some of the best beef he has has since moving to Seattle. Our vegetarian friend loved her "Chef's Fall Vegetables and Grains", however the one weak note among the entrees was the "Bering Sea Black Cod" which was good, but paled in comparrison to the other 3.
        The "Theo's Hot Chocolate Pot for Two - Homemade Cinnamon Doughnuts" was rich & there was enough for 4. I think 2 people was good into dessert shock if they tried to consume it all.
        Overall I highly recommend.

        Now on to the Southern Kitchen in Tacoma. One word. Awful. This was perhaps the worst case of the missuse of a microwave I have ever experienced. The catfish was greasy & tasted ogf old oil. The biscuits were thin & heavy and according to the waitress reheated in the microwave. The accompanying gravy was thin in consistency & almost flavorless. The first attempt at scrambled eggs resulted in a eggs that were not not fluffy and were overcooked to the point of being dry. A second attempt was hardly better. The peach cobbler was delayed slightly because the microwave was "backed-up" and it was necessary to wait to heat it. Once the "cobbler" (in quotes, because calling this a cobbler is an insult to all southern cooks) arrived it was just canned peaches with some cinnamon and thickener under a dreadful thin crust that is beyond discription. Maybe this was a bad day, but I will avoid this establishment if the future.

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        Southern Kitchen Restaurant
        1716 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405

        Copperleaf Restaurant
        18525 36th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98188

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          eat.rest.repeat Jan 27, 2011 09:28 PM

          Glad you enjoyed Copperleaf. I have been wanting to go back there lately.
          I am not a fan of Southern Kitchen but thought maybe it was just me. Sorry to hear that it was a bit of a mess.

          Seattle has a ton of great food for you to check out in the future!

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          Southern Kitchen Restaurant
          1716 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405

          Copperleaf Restaurant
          18525 36th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98188

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