Northend's Musings

Oct. 26, 2009 at 11:04am

SouthSoundEats --- Where art thou?

I admit it. I am a lurker, mostly scanning for restaurant biz news and tips. I guess it's a nod to my prior life as a restaurant owner, but probably more to do with my insatiable need to find new or interesting places to try in T-Town that don't break the bank.  Over the last couple of years, I've so appreciated getting turned on to some really great restaurants, many of which I would not have chanced to try had I not read about them, that I've gleaned from my lurking on the FeedTacoma site, the Tribune's various blogs like the Diner, and Exit133.

Lately though, I feel like the interesting exchanges of restaurant information has dried up.  Which leads me to my question: What is going on with SouthSoundEats?  I so miss the days of active dialogue that used to happen on the TNT diner blog when Ed was still employed there.  Even though I suspected that many of the comments that stirred up a lusty exchange on the TNT Diner blog, were planted comments to create these exchanges, I still enjoyed reading them and gleaning little nuggets of gold about a new place to try or ahem .. .not try.

Ed ... if you're listening, please fill us in!


comments [5]  |  posted under restaurants, southsoundeats


by KevinFreitas on 10/26/2009 @ 12:43pm
Not sure -- they're feeding their "Tacoma" posts here but it looks like the last entry on their homepage was Sep. 15. Here's a link:

Personally, I haven't been eating out as much thus I haven't been contributing to nearly as many posts about local food as I used to. Plenty of reasons: wasn't feeling very social for a while, saving money (which I'm sure many former reviewers can vouch to in this economy), and I have a girlfriend who loves to (and is an amazing) cook.

I definitely encourage anyone with an opinion on a local meal out to start up their own i.FeedTacoma blog or, if you don't want to write that much, post your quick thoughts in the "Food & Drink" section of the forums. I'll definitely do my best to post even quick opinions more often! The more the merrier especially when it comes to spending your hard earned dollars somewhere locally.

by Maria on 10/26/2009 @ 9:27pm
I've been wondering the same thing for about 3 months. The number of contributors seemed to be smaller, but there wasn't an explanation on the site. I follow them on Twitter, and there was a slightly cryptic note on Sunday: "No longer affiliated with SS Eats. 90 percent of tweets originated from CT anyway. New branding SoggyDoggy - thanks everybody for follows." Not sure what that means.

I'm not sure what's going on, but I know maintaining an online business presence is not easy. It doesn't seem like we're at the place yet where people can make a living off a blog-like website. I know there are exceptions to this rule (,, but the majority of bloggers make very little money for something that requires a big investment of time.

Anyway, best wishes to Ed. He's cued me in to many great restaurants and great dishes, and I love to read his reviews.

by L.S.Erhardt on 10/26/2009 @ 10:51pm
It's all a part of the Trib scaling back. My sources at the paper who haven't been laid off yet inform me that this is just part of the cost cutting plan. Here's their approach, as told to me after said individual attended a company-wide meeting with Zeeck:

1) Cut staff
2) Decrease non-off the wire content (related to #1)
3) Raise the price

Sounds like a bullet-proof way to fold a paper during a very deep recession during an era where even the biggest papers are in the red.

Maybe we need to start thinking of a post-TNT world, or at least one where they go 100% online like the P-U, err I mean P-I did.
Or maybe we need to consider throwing our weight behind (or starting) another really local paper that isn't owned in California or thinks it's in Seattle...just sayin'

by KevinFreitas on 10/27/2009 @ 6:55am
@Maria: That is a cryptic tweet. Making money from blogging is tough business but I'm hoping Ed will again be at it soon.

@Thorax: SSE wasn't affiliated with the TNT at all so no cost-cutting there was directly effected Ed in this venture. Probably a good reason for him to leave the TNT was the food reviewing could've easily been on the "optional" chopping block.

by narndt on 10/27/2009 @ 12:52pm
@Maria: Ah ha! That's where that Soggy Doggy I mysteriously began following came from. I thought my account had been hacked or Twitter was allowing advertising or something, because Soggy Doggy seemed pretty spammy, to be honest. I unfollowed immediately. Too bad.