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Category: Burger of the Month Club


Bison Burgers: Tatanka Take-Out in Ruston makes burger indulgence a not-so-guilty thing

Hey, look, a burger with a lot of fresh veggies. And lean meat. Burgers can be good for you. Really!

If you want to eat a burger, but not feel like you swallowed a small grease factory, then you should point your car toward Ruston for a trip to Tatanka take-out. Bison is the specialty here. The restaurant makes five burgers and a dip with bison patties.

The restaurant bills bison as America’s original health food and I’d agree after looking at the nutritional information on Tatanka’s menu – the signature bison burger weighs in at 360 calories (unless you add cheese). The bison patty is lean and beefy, with just enough juiciness to make it tasty, palatable. I had a difficult time believing something so flavorful and unctuous has half the calories of beef, but it does. Read more »


Kicky burger: Hot chipotle and poblano burger at Crockett’s Public House in Puyallup

The Green Chile Cheeseburger has a hit of heat form chipotle mayo.

Give me a dose of heat and I’m a happy burger lover. Crockett’s Public House in Puyallup has a knock-out burger on the menu that’s a punchy intersection of Southwest flavor – chipotle mayo, pepperjack cheese and roasted poblanos. It’s not for the timid. I’m moderately tolerant of spice and this burger made me want a frosty mug of an adult beverage. Read more »


Fried cheese on a burger? Salami AND Bacon? The Mount Rainier Burger at Tacoma’s Swiss Tavern should be on your gluttony to-do list

The Mount Rainier Burger is not for anyone on a diet. The towering burger comes with fried salami, bacon, cheddar cheese and fried mozzarella sticks. Mercy.

Welcome to another week of burger lust. Last December, you might remember I chowed my way through more than 20 restaurants to find the best 20 bar burgers you have to eat before you die. Well, here’s the follow-up burger report from your burger tips. This week, I take a bite out of four of the most nominated reader favorites, and write about a newcomer restaurant with really good burgers.

Today’s burger special comes from the Swiss Tavern – home to some of the greatest live music in town, a laid back atmosphere and designated seating for members of Congress. The Swiss has a handful of burgers on the menu, but the Mount Rainier Burger ($12.95) sounds like a food dare – two kinds of pork and two kinds of cheese on a towering burger. Read more »


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

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. Read more »


Burger lust: Pick-Quick in Fife returns from winter hiatus. Next up: Pick-Quick II in Auburn.

Welcome back from your winter hiatus, little burger.

Yesterday was the perfect day for surprisingly unseasonable al fresco dining, so I fled the newsroom and beat it to Pick-Quick Drive-In, which has reopened from the winter hiatus that the walk-up burger drive-in takes every December-January. The sun was shining, the crowds were mingling. The burgers still are top notch. Read more »