In this series, I highlight the businesses I like to refer to my friends, family, home buyers and sellers in the Pierce County area. This month I’m talking about Blue Max Meats in Puyallup & Buckley, WA.

Community Recommendation Series: Blue Max Meats

Is butcher loyalty a thing? Because once I went to Blue Max Meats, I knew it was something special. No other butcher in the area has this kind of amazing employees. We have gone to many of the different butchers in the area I have never been so impressed with the meat and service like I am at Blue Max Meats. They have two locations, Puyallup and Buckley, and are frequently very busy, but they have gone above and beyond to make enforce social distancing in an effort to make everyone in their space. The company was started a little over 8 years ago and has done nothing but grow since then. Additionally, I always appreciate businesses that keep their customers up to date on social media, and with all the changes that 2020 and COVID brought, I was never stuck wondering hours of operation or what meats they discontinued.

Here’s what others have to say about Blue Max Meats:

Our family has been blessed to find Blue Max meats in the PNW. Their meats are always fresh, top quality and the service is like no other. Even on their busiest days there is someone always eager to help. -Kerry

I love getting the different flavored pepperoni sticks, they’re so fresh. Their 2-dollar huge avocados are yummy too! I’m always helped as soon as I walk in. The guys are all so friendly, love this place, it’s my new candy store and I’m lucky enough to live right next door! -Crystal

Great meats! Especially their teriyaki and black pepper jerky and brisket hamburger! Never buying meat from the grocery stores again! -Rick

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In this series, I highlight the businesses I like to refer to my friends, family, home buyers and sellers in the Pierce County area. This month I’m talking about The Adriatic at Oakbrook in Lakewood, WA.

Community Recommendation Series: The Adriatic at Oakbrook

We are thrilled to introduce the Adriatic at Oakbrook, a new dining experience led by Chef Bill Trudnowski. Located at the Oakbrook Golf Club in Lakewood, WA, their delicious and fresh house made ingredients will keep you wanting to come back for more! Be sure to reserve your table as only a limited amount of indoor dining is available. There is takeout for delivery or curbside pick-up. Their specials include: 1/2 Off Bottles of Wine on Wednesday’s, Happy Hour all day Monday and Tuesday, Golfers – enjoy 10% off Dine In and Take Out orders!

Here’s what others have to say about The Adriatic at Oakbrook:

This is always been one of my very favorite restaurants and their food is excellent. My favorite used to be the shrimp with the spaghetti squash but now I’m developing a new favorite. But everything is so good and if you haven’t tried his mushroom soup it’s not to be missed. -Joyce

We had an amazing brunch today with our family, served by the wonderful Nikki—she is absolutely the BEST! Eggs Benedict was awesome, stuffed French toast, and BLT’s were delicious! Don’t forget the Bloody Mary’s- always a treat!!! The biggest portions & even served with fruit & scones, for an extra special touch! We will definitely be back! -Emily

They have the best staff and I mean from server to bartender to cook to chef!! Always a great experience. Clean and trustworthy. Open to the public not just members. Happy hour all day on Monday and Tuesday. And my favorite!! Wine Wednesday = half off bottles!! Highly recommend. -Beki

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In this series, I highlight the businesses I like to refer to my friends, family, home buyers and sellers in the Pierce County area. This month I’m talking about The Melon Seed Deli and Frozen Yogurt in Tacoma, WA.

Community Recommendation Series: The Melon Seed Deli and Frozen Yogurt

Next time you’re in Tacoma and looking for a delicious local deli, you’ve got to check out The Melon Seed Deli and Frozen Yogurt! They offer delicious slider sandwiches, chili cheese fritos, chili dogs, salads, and high-quality frozen yogurt with toppings galore! They also have plenty of seating with free wi-fi. It unusual to find an eatery that master everything they serve (especially when it ranges from chili dogs to frozen yogurt) but The Melon has done just that. They have even been nominated for King5’s Best of Western Washington contest in the Sandwiches category. It’s a must stop joint in Tacoma!

Here’s what others have to say about The Melon Seed Deli and Frozen Yogurt:

This place is the bomb!! We went after seeing it on TikTok and I was expecting chaos. There was a line around the building, but the staff were so professional and efficient, and so nice even amid the craziness. 10/10. Will definitely be back. -Tyler

It is in my opinion and everyone I have met who has eaten here that they are The Best Sandwich shop in Tacoma. Amazing selection (Turkey Bacon & Chutney is my favorite) not your regular ham & cheese shop they do it right with flair and flavor! Spiked Tuna is my daughter’s favorite. The staff and owners are family owned locals that are part of our community. These people exude class and are always in high demand. I recommend you call ahead. -Mike

A group of us went to support this business today and we were NOT disappointed. We tried a handful of different items on the menu and EVERYTHING WAS DELICIOUS!!! You have to try the Bahama Mama. It’s worth every penny plus a tip. This an easy MUST TRY RESTAURANT. -Mer

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In this series, I highlight the businesses I like to refer to my friends, family, home buyers and sellers in the Pierce County area. This month I’m talking about Crumbl Cookies in Puyallup, WA.

Community Recommendation Series: Crumbl Cookies

Who doesn’t love a gooey warm chocolate chip cookie?! Crumbl Cookies is home of the world’s BEST chocolate chip cookie. They also have a weekly rotating menu that gives you a variety of new flavors to choose from each week. You don’t even have to leave your home to have an exquisite freshly baked cookie. The delivery drivers can bring fresh cookies straight to your home. But, if you’re out and about and want to visit the store, Crumbl Cookies will welcome you with the unmistakable smell of freshly baked cookies. To all you foodies out there looking for a great photo op, Crumbl provides beautifully made cookies presented in a perfect insta-worthy pink box.

Here’s what others have to say about Crumbl Cookies:

BEST cookies!! We love the set up at the store, easy to order, no wait times and the staff is always so friendly and helpful! We are obsessed and we look forward to the new cookie lineup every Sunday!! The best is the warm Snickerdoodle but we always enjoy trying new cookies!! –Liz

I LOVE Crumbl! My family and I go here every Friday to try the new weekly flavors. The staff is very friendly and the store is always so clean. And of course the cookies are YUMMY! If you are ever in the mood for a treat, make sure you stop by. –Karly

I have a few friends who have said that Crumbl cookies were the absolute best. I kind of avoided them as I typically just like a cookie and nothing “extra,” but, let me tell you…from the first bite of these delicious cookies, I will be a regular for life. Truly the most delicious cookies I have ever had. –Stephanie

To learn more about Crumbl Cookies, visit: https://crumblcookies.com/

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In this series, I highlight the businesses I like to refer to my friends, family, home buyers and sellers in the Pierce County area. This month I’m talking about Pour Me Bar & Bistro in Puyallup, WA.

Community Recommendation: Pour Me Bar & Bistro

Pour Me Bar & Bistro is one of Puyallup’s newest hang out spots for fun, food, sports, music, drinks, and more! Pour Me opened it’s door in July 2020, and has made quite the splash in the Puyallup community just in the few short months of being opened. Dinner specials vary from the prime rib, to greek pizza, to street tacos, and we must not forget about the amazing lineup of drinks! The Itty Bitty Bloody Mary, eclectic seasonal beers on tap, and wine + cheese boards make you understand why they named their business Pour Me Bar & Bistro. The overall atmosphere is friendly, warm, and the staff is top notch.

Here’s what customers have to say about Pour Me Bar & Bistro:

Food was delicious! Love that they offer so many options and have a way of taking ‘bar’ food to the next level. Great atmosphere and fantastic friendly staff! Perfect for date night or to get together with friends! – Jennifer

Love this place, definitely a favorite. Food is great, service is awesome. Also, the clientele you might meet is also exciting. Highly recommended. It’s my FAVORITE place!!! – Dee

I had a really good time on the opening night the food was amazing and drinks were perfect. It has a very welcoming feel to it and is a place I would recommend to everyone. – Donnie

Finally a great new place on South Hill with great food and drinks! This is the new spot to relax and enjoy a few cocktails and a great steak! – Danny

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In this series, I highlight the businesses I like to refer to my friends, family, home buyers and sellers in the Pierce County area. This month I’m talking about Bruno’s Family Restaurant & Bar in Eatonville, WA.

Community Recommendation: Bruno’s Family Restaurant & Bar

Bruno’s Family Restaurant & Bar is located at the foothills of Mt. Rainier and gives off a warm family feel right when you enter the restaurant. When the co-owners adopted Bruno the dog from the Humane Society, they wanted to share his love for everyone by opening a restaurant that was perfect for Eatonville locals. Serving hearty American comfort food, Bruno’s is the perfect place to recharge. For a tail-wagging good time and amazing food, there’s no place better. One of my favorite features of Bruno’s is that they are dog friendly inside of the restaurant so you can dine with your pup at your feet, and meet new pups as well. The chowder, chicken friend steak, and homemade pies are must haves when you stop in!

Here’s what people have to say about Bruno’s Family Restaurant & Bar:

We had a wonderful dinner today! The 2 lb clams were wonderful, the beers were great, and the fish and chips, along with the chicken-fried steak, were delicious as usual. Best of all, our server Makai was outstanding! If you are ever in the area, be sure to stop on by for a down-to-earth dining experience 😋

-Ruth

This place and staying at the motel next door was definitely small town hospitality at its best. Great atmosphere, friendly staff, and great food whats not to love? This is going to be one of my new go to places when staying over when doing hikes on Mt. Rainier and to tired to drive home.

-Eric

Amazing food (best chicken fried steak ever!), fabulous friendly service and we got to dine with our dog at our feet, her own bowl of water and a puppy burger served as well as we enjoyed the patio with others. She even made another Sheltie friend! Can’t recommend enough. We have made it our go to after going to Mt Rainier just to have green beans and fresh pie!

-Serenity

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In this series, I highlight the businesses I like to refer to my friends, family, home buyers and sellers in the Pierce County area. This month I’m talking about Deep Root Farm in Puyallup, WA.

Community Recommendation: Deep Root Farm in Puyallup, WA

With a name like Deep Root Farm, you would imagine that this company has fresh, local, and delicious food. This is beyond true! Every single person I talk to that has tried Deep Root has been blown away (including myself) and has told everyone they know to try this place! Deep Root has a variety of products from hydroponic micro-greens to baked goods. Deep Root is best known for their Amish bread and famous cinnamon rolls. Impress everyone at your next brunch with fresh scones and homemade jam. One of the best parts about this company is the owner – Monica Flores. She is so passionate about her business and it shows in every delicious decadent loaf of bread that she bakes. It’s one thing to sell good products, but it’s another to build relationships with every customer!

Here’s what others have to say about Deep Root Farm:

Her Amish breads are one of the best breads we have had, especially the garlic and herb one. We almost finish the entire loaf at dinner, and did I mention, they are huge. They are such a steal! Customer service are super friendly and great, too. We can’t wait to order more. You rock, Monica. -Nickie

I picked up my first order today and I’m in big trouble! Her rolls almost didn’t make it home. I ate 3 in the car. It’s only an 8 minute drive! Soft, light, buttery. Best thing that’s been in my mouth in a long time! Bread is gorgeous and we may have dessert before dinner. The cinnamon rolls are calling my name! Cornbread is beautiful! She is one of the nicest people I have met in a long time! We’re going to have a long, yummy friendship! Thanks so much!!! -Iris

Monica puts her heart and soul into everything she bakes and it definitely shows. If you haven’t tried her cinnamon rolls or fresh made dinner rolls, you’re missing out! They are absolutely the best I’ve ever had. Thank you Monica, I can’t wait to place another order soon!! -Nicole

You may also like: Community Recommendation: Bertoglio’s Pizza in Yelm, WA

 

In this series, I highlight the businesses I like to refer to my friends, family, home buyers and sellers in the Pierce County area. This month I’m talking about Bertoglio’s Pizza in Yelm, WA.

Community Recommendation: Bertoglio’s Pizza in Yelm, WA

Really great pizza places are hard to come by, but if you’re in the Yelm area, you’re lucky to have a gem right in your neighborhood! Bertoglio’s Pizza is a deliciously wonderful restaurant! The combination of high quality ingredients and top notch customer service makes this pizzeria a family favorite. Bergoglio’s Pizza has an extensive gluten free menu which includes cauliflower crust options. They also offer take and bake pizzas which is unique since you don’t really get that option with most pizza places. This is a great place for a date night, a casual weekend lunch joint, or a Sunday family dinner – especially in the summer months!

See what others have to say about Bertoglio’s Pizza:

“This is the BEST pizza I have probably ever had in my life. I have never had a pizza where everything about it is up to par and on the same level of excellence!! The pizza sauce is one of a kind, as well as their crust. Our favorite is the Canadian Bacon Pineapple Pizza – the pineapples are HUGE!! Definitely a summer favorite and our first choice when we want pizza!! So happy they are here!” – Longview

“The owner was very friendly and we could tell he took pride in his pizza, using quality ingredients. We ordered 2 pizzas: BBQ vegan chicken with pineapple and vegan cheese, and the second was vegan beef crumbles with black olives, mushrooms, and vegan cheese. Our family of 5 loved them! The BBQ was my favorite. If this place didn’t serve vegan pizza, I don’t know what we would have ended up eating. So thankful for this place!” – Christine

You may also like – Community Recommendation: Crockett’s Public House

In this series, I highlight the businesses I like to refer to my friends, family, home buyers and sellers in the Pierce County area. This month I’m talking about Crockett’s Public House.

Community Recommendation: Crockett’s Public House

Crockett’s Public House is one of Puyallup’s most famous restaurants for a reason! It’s family friendly, has a wonderful backstory honoring an early Puyallup resident (Hugh Crockett), and has some of the best food in town. Some of my favorites include the calamari, fire grilled flat bread, lobster mac-n-cheese and marcona almond pesto with shrimp.

Crockett’s Public House has a long list of accolades. It’s been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, won best of showcase magazine award 2016, 2017, and 2018, has numerous features in the South Sound Magazine, Tacoma News Tribune (TNT Diner) and the Puyallup herald, and has been mentioned as a place to visit on King 5 News Evening.

Crockett’s offers a popular happy hour 3-6pm & 9pm-close Monday-Thursday, 10pm-close Friday-Saturday, and all day Sunday. Their special is $3 off all appetizers, and $1 off all beer wine and specialty cocktails.

Here’s what people have to say about Crockett’s Public House:

“For fear of making this place more popular, this is insane food and atmosphere! and the pricing is more than fair for the portions and the uniquely great food.” -Chris

“I love this place! best thing I’ve order is the veggie burger, even though I’m not a vegetarian this burger is amazing!! seriously… the patty is fried goodness with gooey cheese inside and the pesto sauce is amazing.” -Kira

“Our waitress, Courtney, was very welcoming, patient and kind. the food was really good! my husband had the meatballs and they were huge.” -Cathy

“Love their happy hour! My favorite is the sliders. I will have to come back to try the chicken and waffles because I heard they’re pretty good. Service was great! Thank you.” -Tiffany

You may also like: Community Recommendation: PNW Grill

In this series, I highlight the businesses I like to refer to my friends, family, home buyers and sellers in the Pierce County area. This month I’m talking about PNW Grill in Puyallup.

Community Recommendation: PNW Grill

PNW Grill is a fun family-friendly restaurant that was established in 2019. Inside you’ll find casual tables, a large bar, darts, pool tables, and ping pong. PNW Grill serves scratch made food with some fun plays on American classics. I love a good steak and their rib eye is to die for! I loved this place so much that we are hosting our November VAREP Restaurant Takeover here.

Here’s what their customers have to say:

“Their wings are TO DIE FOR! Seriously, the Asian sesame are the way to go. Also, their mojitos are flavored with fresh fruit purées that are made in house daily. The peach and mango are amazing. I haven’t tried a pizza yet, but the table next to us got one and it’s definitely a must have next time. Great job to the new owners for really taking the place to its true potential.”

“My service was top notch and my waitress was very attentive.  My nephew had the rib-eye and it was mouthwatering as far as presentation. People: You want top quality beef you are going to pay for it, and I’m telling you it’s worth it to dine here.  I ordered the Rainer and some point during the meal I looked up to see my nephew staring at me.  I looked down to the pile of crust beneath me and muttered “What?” through a mouth full of meat and cheese.  I apparently was stuffing the slices in my face as though the apocalypse was upon us.  Great place, great service, great pizza.  If I ever get the chance to come back, I’m getting the steak.”

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

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