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Goodbye Friendly Duck, hello Porter’s Place. South Tacoma Way eating just got a lot more interesting.

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on April 11, 2011 at 3:35 pm | 10 Comments »
April 11, 2011 3:35 pm
The smoked pork ribs at Porter's Place Southern Cuisine & BBQ are supple, smoky and three-napkin good.

Since February, Porter’s Place Southern Cuisine & BBQ of Tacoma has been on a rib hiatus, but expect to see the return of the slow-smoked ribs and saucy pulled pork near the end of May or early June. Alton Porter, who operated Porter’s for about six years at its perch just above the La Quinta Hotel, signed a lease today to take over the restaurant space that formerly housed the delightfully named Friendly Duck Restaurant on South Tacoma Way.

I most recently wrote about Porter’s in October and gave high marks for the smoky, supple, juicy pork ribs that were just about falling off the bone. The sauce is too cloying for my palate, but ordering it without sauce solves that problem. I’m a fan of the restaurant’s potato salad – creamy skins-on red potato salad with a mustard dressing and chopped bell peppers and onions. Pulled pork sandwiches are messy, messy, messy, but I’d be suspicious of any barbecue joint that served a pulled pork sandwich that didn’t require a handful of Wet Naps and a trip to the bathroom for a hose down.

Porter’s long has been a popular barbecue entity in Western Washington. Before its most recent location near La Quinta, Porter’s operated a restaurant on 72nd in Tacoma.

Porter’s also operates a barbecue concession at Seattle’s Safeco Field.

The flagship restaurant for the locally-owned, family run restaurant is Dixie’s, a restaurant I gave top marks to a decade ago when I was a reviewer at another newspaper. Dixie’s claim to fame is “The Man,” a spicy habanero barbecue sauce that is not for the weak. I’ve tried it twice and lived to tell about it.

Porter’s Place Southern Cuisine & BBQ
Coming to: 5026 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma (where the Friendly Duck used to be)
When: May/June 2011

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