Local Restaurants: New talent at Dirty Oscar’s

// Chef Geoffrey Yahn intends to keep all the flavor in the restaurant’s eclectic menu while incorporating fresh, lighter ingredients.

  • Dirty Oscar's Chef Geoffery Yahn plans to bring his own style of fresh, healthy cooking to the restaurant's already whimsical dishes. (Photo by Steve Dunkelberger)

Do not be surprised if the crowd is just a little bit bigger than usual at Dirty Oscar’s Annex this summer. After Guy Fieri of the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” uncovered this hidden culinary hot spot, foodies from around the Northwest are sure to be curious. And with the recent hiring of Chef Geoffrey Bryan Yahn, the restaurant’s elevated bar food will receive a bit of a makeover in the form of fresher, healthier ingredients.

Yahn, with nearly 20 years experience, virtually grew up in the kitchen, first developing an interest in cooking at the age of 10. Some of his favorite childhood memories are going to local farmers markets as a child and learning about what it takes to grow your own food.

He plans to bring his love of farmers markets and fresh produce with him to Dirty Oscar’s, and plans to develop dishes that are as close to guilt-free as they can be. And watch out for even more gluten-free and vegetarian dishes in the future.

Starting May 7 at the nearby 6th Avenue Farmers Market, Dirty Oscar’s will operate a booth featuring special dishes priced at $6-$8, available only at the market: a bulgur, beet and arugula salad with champagne vinaigrette; a sandwich with Tasso ham, smoked gouda, arugula, pickled onion and herb aioli on baguette; and Moroccan couscous salad with quinoa and spring vegetables from the market dressed with sumac vinaigrette. These dishes will be easily portable to allow visitors to continue shopping, and will be available in two sizes.

Dirty Oscar’s recently started getting in on Tacoma’s Taco Tuesday scene, with its own unique salmon taco, featuring light white sauce, paired with tequila cocktails and glasses of wine on special.

Although there are no plans for a menu overhaul at the moment, watch out for daily specials and previews of Yahn’s own dishes, which he describes as “whimsical.”

For more information about the restaurant, visit http://www.dirtyoscarsannex.com. Dirty Oscar’s Annex is located at 2309 6th Ave. in Tacoma.


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