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Archives: Aug. 2010


My ode to bar burgers: Last chance to nominate bars for the TNT Bar Burger Noshdown

The Bistro Burger at the Cliff House restaurant

I’ve wrangled with two hands the towering, smoky El Gaucho burger, noshed the heck out of the chorizo-sirloin burger dip at Asado.

I’ve tuned out yelling sports fans as burger juice from a delectable kobe beef burger rolled down my wrist at the West End Pub. I’ve bit into the gooey, cheesy, bacony center of an inside out burger at Cheers South Hill Bar. I’ve enjoyed the delicious sweet tomato relish of a Katie Downs cheeseburger. And I’ve pillaged the savory juiciness of a bacon cheeseburger at the Parkway Tavern.

After being tipped off by a TNT Diner reader, I set my burger loving eyes this month on the meaty cheeseburger at the Cliff House.

Click “more” to read about my burger experience there, and read about how you can nominate your favorite bar burger for the TNT Diner Bar Burger Noshdown in September. You have until tomorrow to nominate your favorite burger joint, then I’ll open nominees to a closed poll where readers can vote for where I should dine. Read more »


Mobile hot dog update: Tommy Chicago is moving to another Tacoma location

In today’s GO section, I wrote about three new mobile hot dog trucks and trailers. I previously wrote about the same three mobile restaurants in an Aug. 2 blog post here.

I thought I’d share with TNT Diner readers what I wrote in GO today – that Tommy Chicago Hot Dogs this week has ended its run at 149th and Pacific and is now on the move. Click “more” for details of the hot dog truck’s next location. Read more »


Breaking burger news: The Burgerville Nomad makes another mobile appearance this weekend

What’s this? A second trip in a single week by the Burgerville Nomad to South Sound?

An email from company reps say the roving Burgerville truck will serve up burgers and fries and other Burgerville standards tomorrow, Aug. 28, during the Lakewood International Festival (a free event, click the link for details).

Last Friday, I wrote about how the Burgerville Nomad made its inaugural appearance in Tacoma. Click “more” to see the menu and five more reasons why I like Burgerville. Read more »


Hop heads: Parkway Tavern’s IPA Fest is this weekend; plus Tacoma Craft Beer Festival tickets now on sale

Hey hop heads: 50 beers, two days, year five.

This Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 28-29, is the Parkway Tavern’s fifth annual IPA Fest. Also, tickets for the Tacoma Craft Beer Festival just went on sale. Click “more” to read details. Read more »


Burgerville Nomad comes to Tacoma (finally)

Well, it’s not the headline that we all wanted. We’d like our own Burgerville restaurant, thanks. But tomorrow, Aug. 21, the Burgerville Nomad mobile burger truck will be at the South Tacoma Auto Show from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

For months, a few TNT Diner readers and I have been bugging reps from Burgerville, a Vancouver-based company, to bring the Nomad truck, or better yet, a Burgerville restaurant, to Tacoma. The Nomad was supposed to be here in March, but the stop was canceled. The closest Burgerville to Tacoma is in Centralia.

You may remember, former

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Indochine goes goo-goo for Gaga

"Gaga-inspired coktails"
Indochine bartender, Chad Sebring, created these three Gaga-inspired drinks for Saturday night. From left: the Disco stick, the Little Monster and Starstruck

Pop singer and fashion icon Lady Gaga is bringing her show to the Tacoma Dome Saturday night. And as her little monsters “Just Dance” the night away, you too, can get in on the action — for a fraction of the price.

In lieu of the concert, the bar at Indochine on Pacific Avenue is hosting a Lady Gaga night from 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday night.

Bar patrons will be greeted with Gaga-esque music, Gaga-themed video clips and three Gaga-inspired cocktails. Click “more” for details. Read more »


No-frills sammies: Hole-in-the-wall sandwich shops in Tacoma, Federal Way and Lacey deliver the real deal

A BLT with pesto, ribs with home fries and a berry shake are available in the homey settings of Shorty’s Grub House in Federal Way. Photo by Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer.

Everyone has a favorite hole in the wall.

Fans of nondescript places that are low on atmosphere and big on honest-to-goodness real-deal eats know what I’m talking about.
Many sub-genres exist within the hole-in-the-wall category – burger stands, barbecue joints and my current personal favorite – sandwich emporiums.

I’ve found three of those sandwich shops lately that qualify as legitimate holes in the wall. Little or no frills around the edges, simply furnished, clean and efficient, a friendly face to take your order at a counter. No Chihuly hangs in the lobby, no bubbly people wearing name tags and flair. Click “more” to read about them.

YOUR TURN: Tell us where to go to get the best sandwiches. Just click and comment below. Read more »


Mobile man: Jeff’s Ice Cream brings paleta to Tacomans

Photos and artwork courtesy of Jeff’s Ice Cream

Jeff Smeed might just be the hardest pedaling guy in town. Smeed, the owner of Jeff’s Ice Cream and a Westgate resident, operates a human powered bicycle delivery service that brings Washington made frozen treats to a handful of Tacoma neighborhoods.

This summer, with the weather vacillating between hotter than hot and gray, weird and drizzly, I have to wonder if a business operated by bike may not be a lot of fun. But if you talk to Smeed about his pedal ice cream delivery service, you won’t hear him complain. Ever cheerful, Smeed is a man on a mission and it’s a sweet one: he wants everyone to eat ice cream. I can get behind that.

Today, he’ll be at Frost Park serving his ice cream bars, frozen treats and paletas, delectable sounding Latin American frozen bars, at the Frost Park Chalk Off competition held at noon every Friday in downtown Tacoma. Click “more” to read about Smeed, his Washington-born frozen treats and the Frost Park Chalk Off. Read more »