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Burger lust: Chalk Talk Bistro in downtown Tacoma

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on June 24, 2014 at 12:00 am | No Comments »
July 3, 2014 9:48 am
A Special Sauce Burger from Chalk Talk Bistro, $6.99, with fresh-cut fries.
A Secret Sauce Burger from Chalk Talk Bistro, $6.99, with fresh-cut fries.

My most recent burger journey took me to the newly made over Mary’s Burger Bistro in downtown Tacoma. Now called Chalk Talk, the burger joint got a dining room facelift with chalkboard walls for doodling and switched from griddled to flame-broiled burgers. Check it out:

Fries at Chalk Talk are fresh-cut and cut a little more broadly than Pick-Quick in Fife, a favorite spot for fries.
Fries at Chalk Talk are fresh-cut and cut a little more broadly than Pick-Quick in Fife, a favorite spot for fries.

Burger find: Secret Sauce Burger, $6.99

Where: Chalk Talk Bistro, 2301 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; 253-779-0777

Why you should eat it: For not much more than fast food prices, get a flame-broiled burger with American cheese and a side of fresh-cut fries.

Good stuff: A beefy 1/3-pound burger patty was flame grilled, with lot of juice left in it. No overcooking here. Thick-cut onions and a broadly sliced dill pickle slice added serious crunch.

Missed the mark: Secret sauce wanted a bit more tang, but it was tasty. The burger is served on a kaiser bun that’s a bit squishy and underbaked. That might bother some. Toasted bun earned bonus points, though.

Fries: Nailed it. They’re a little more broadly cut than the fries at Pick-Quick, but like Pick-Quick, they’re crispy edged fresh-cut fries. I like my fries with a bit more surface area, so I was a fan.

The verdict: Good value.

Sue Kidd dines anonymously and The News Tribune pays for all meals.

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