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The readers weigh in. Today’s topic? Fries in Tacoma

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on March 24, 2011 at 5:36 pm | 10 Comments »
March 24, 2011 5:40 pm
Fries and gravy from Hotel Murano's Bite Restaurant in Tacoma. Photo by Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

Today, I’ve been writing about burgers (watch for the stories next week). So I asked TNT Diner readers via Twitter about the perfect yin to burger yang: fries. Click “more” to see what TNT DIner readers recommend for fries about town and vote for your favorite, too.

Reader suggestions:

Tofu_Mom: Harmon Pub and Brewery has the BEST french fries one could ever find in #tacoma PLUS great service, more yummy foods and …BEER!

veganmoxie: I vote for the sweet potato fries at Quickie Too, especially if they’re covered in chili. Mmm.

thatgreenbird: I love me some sweet potato fries from The Hub!

tacomachickadee: also, the dipping fries at Six Olives that come with some fabulously creative dips.

toastandcereal: I’ve got to go with the frites at Pacific Grill. It’s the fried sage leaves that make them the tastiest.

NatheLawver: cheesy bacon fries at Crown Bar #Tacoma cougar Gold cheese. Perfect fries, savory ketchup. bacon. bacon.

TacomaFoodie: Also love the fries at Blazin’ Onion (guess that’s Gig Harbor) but man, they are crunchy and golden and addictive!

Amocat253: I have to go with Pacific Grill – thin – crisp – seasoned herbs – garlic that is basically carmalized – rosemary = #winning #duh

torinaga: I like Frugals and Legendz thin and crispy fries and Wingers for steak fries (I love crisp steak fries with their fry sauce).

halleyrebecca: Also, not in Tacoma, but the fries at the Milton Tavern are most excellent.

(For more responses, go to and search for @tntdiner).


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Fries and gravy, Bite Restaurant at Hotel Murano (pictured above)

Matt Stickle, executive chef of Hotel Murano’s Bite restaurant puts a spin on Canadian poutine with a gravy sauce made from sautéed shiitake mushrooms, roasted shallots, thyme, demiglace, butter and zinfandel. He covers the fries in the gravy, then adds a copious layer of gorgonzola cheese. Did your heart skip reading that? Mine did a little. $8 on the menu as a starter. The portion is enormous.

Hotel Murano Bite Restaurant
Where: 1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma
Info: 253-238-8000 or

Garlic-herb fries, Pacific Grill

The cheeseburger sliders with avocado and bacon, and garlic herb fries at Pacific Grill. Photo by Peter Haley/Staff photographer

Served with the cheeseburger sliders on Pacific Grill’s bar menu (visit during happy hour for an even better deal), the garlic-herb fries start with poached garlic. Gordon Naccarato, chef/owner, fries the potatoes in canola oil, then adds the poached garlic. Then into the fryer goes sage and rosemary leaves. The fried sage leaves are shattery crisp, and the rosemary brings an assertive herbal blast. These are fries you’ll remember. Fond

Pacific Grill
Where: 1502 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
Info: 253-627-3535 or

Yuca fries, Asado

The Asado Burger comes with yuca fries. Photo by Peter Haley/Staff photographer

Served with the Asado Burger on the bar menu, the yuca fries are creamy, crispy, slightly nutty and sweet. They’re prepared simply: sliced yuca root fried until crisp. It’s the finish of truffle oil, cotija cheese and finishing salt that makes yuca fries at Asado truly memorable.

Asado Restaurant
Where: 2810 Sixth Ave., Tacoma
Info: 253-272-7770 or

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