“Puyallup is more sophisticated than Tacoma.”
Brewpub impressario Dusty Trail was talking about his wine list and the difference between his current place, the comfortably sleek Powerhouse in Puyallup, and the place he opened 30 years ago, gritty Engine House No. 9 in Tacoma.
I quoted him, exactly as he told it to me. Now it looks like someone is, unfortunately, trying to make him eat those words.
Trail called me today — in what sounded like a pretty good mood, considering — and said since I wrote about The Powerhouse two weeks ago, presents have arrived on his restaurant’s doorstep: chicken gizzards and empty cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon.
The gizzards appear to be a reference to the deep-fried offal E9 served as appetizers. The PBRs, along with the vandalism, are just wrong.
A note to the unsophisticated: Pabst Blue Ribbon underwrites National Public Radio.
Tacoman’s don’t need to be reminded, but sophisticates from Puyallup — you South Hillers know who you are — may need help: E9’s deep-fried gizzards (don’t forget the ranch dressing) paired nicely with a cold Tacoma Brew.