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Category: TNT Diner Bar Burger Noshdown

June
24th

Burger lust: Chalk Talk Bistro in downtown Tacoma

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: Read more »

Nov.
4th

Yum on a bun: Five more Tacoma bar burgers to try before you die

Pacific Grill duck sausage sliders. Photo by Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

It took months and three bottles of Tums to recover from last December’s bar burger series. Remember that? I wrote about the 20 burgers you have to eat before you die (or die trying).

This time, I took a considerably smaller bite out of Tacoma’s bar burger footprint: Five more bar burgers you should add to your list of must-try-or-die burgers around town.

Just don’t tell your doctor before you embark on your eating project. Click “read more” to see my top five bar burgers of the moment. Read more »

Dec.
17th

Bar Burger Noshdown: The five South Sound bar, tavern and brewery burgers you’ve just got to bite into before you die

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

Thick and towering, goosed with flavor, diminutive and tasty. Today’s bar burgers were the best of the best for flavor, texture and ingredients that I sampled for this week’s 20-burger salute to South Sound bars, taverns and breweries.

Chorizo, Nueske’s bacon, arugula and Gorgonzola – today’s burgers all feature unusual twists that made them memorable. And what’s better than a burger? A burger with fries (just add beer). If you’re a fan of fries, today’s installment is devoted to you.

Today’s burgers: Asado, Maxwell’s, Pacific Grill, The Hub, The Right Spot

Thursday: Crown Bar, Harmon, Bite Restaurant, West End Pub, Cheers South Hill

Wednesday: Engine House No. 9, El Gaucho, Katie Downs, The Parkway, Ram

Tuesday: Powerhouse Brewery, Cliff House, Matador, Blazing Onion and Beach Tavern.

YOUR TURN: Nominate your favorite South Sound burger for inclusion in the TNT Diner Burger of the Month Club. I’ll feature a different burger every month and invite diners to write their own reviews (the best written reviews will earn prizes, such as cookbooks). Just comment here to nominate a burger. Read more »

Dec.
16th

Bar Burger Noshdown: South Sound bars, taverns and breweries offer some of the most delicious burgers in the region. Here are five more to try.

The Harmongous burger at Harmon Brewery in Tacoma.

Kobe beef and Washington grown beef are the themes for today’s featured five burgers in my “20 burgers you should eat before you die’” series.

Bar noshing doesn’t get any better than a big, cheesy gut bomb of a burger. It’s the anytime accompaniment to a cold pint at your favorite watering hole. My six month odyssey of sampling bar burgers at South Sound bars, taverns and pubs continues today with five more burgers you have to try before you die.

Here are the bars featured for this burger series:
Tuesday: Powerhouse Brewery, Cliff House, Matador, Blazing Onion and Beach Tavern.
Wednesday: Engine House No. 9, El Gaucho, Katie Downs, The Parkway, Ram
Thursday: Crown Bar, Harmon, Bite Restaurant, West End Pub, Cheers South Hill
Friday: Asado, Maxwell’s, Pacific Grill, The Hub, The Right Spot

Here are my next five picks for bar burgers worth your time and extra napkins: Read more »

Dec.
15th

Bar Burger Noshdown: Five more burgers to savor in South Sound bars, restaurants and brewpubs

The bison burger at Engine House No. 9 in Tacoma

Bar noshing doesn’t get any better than a big, cheesy gut bomb of a burger. It’s the anytime accompaniment to a cold pint at your favorite watering hole. My six month odyssey of sampling bar burgers at South Sound bars, taverns and pubs continues today with five more burgers you have to try before you die.

Here are the bars featured for this burger series:
Tuesday: Powerhouse Brewery, Cliff House, Matador, Blazing Onion and Beach Tavern.
Wednesday: Engine House No. 9, El Gaucho, Katie Downs, The Parkway, Ram
Thursday: Crown Bar, Harmon, Bite Restaurant, West End Pub, Cheers South Hill
Friday: Asado, Maxwell’s, Pacific Grill, The Hub, The Right Spot

Here are my next five picks for bar burgers worth your time and extra napkins: Read more »

Dec.
14th

Bar Burger Noshdown: Hundreds of napkins, plenty of heartburn and 20 bar burgers you should eat before you die

The bacon cheeseburger at the Beach Tavern in Tacoma.

Bar noshing doesn’t get any better than a big, cheesy gut bomb of a burger. It’s the anytime accompaniment to a cold pint at your favorite watering hole.

I’ve spent the past six months touring South Sound bars, taverns and pubs in search of perfect bar burgers. (Yeah, I know it’s a tough gig I’ve got here.) What follows today through Friday is my report of the top 20 bar burgers I wrapped my hands around.

I compiled this report largely based on recommendations from TNT Diner blog readers. Other recommendations came from chefs and foodies about town.

Here are the bars I’ll be writing about:
Tuesday: Powerhouse Brewery, Cliff House, Matador, Blazing Onion and Beach Tavern.
Wednesday: Engine House No. 9, El Gaucho, Katie Downs, The Parkway, Ram
Thursday: Crown Bar, Harmon, Bite Restaurant, West End Pub, Cheers South Hill
Friday: Asado, Maxwell’s, Pacific Grill, The Hub, The Right Spot

I set up a burger mission statement from the beginning. Read more »

Dec.
1st

Cuban delight: The Ram’s Ricardo Burger makes my list of top bar burgers for the TNT Diner Bar Burger Noshdown

Hey, what’s that? Two layers of pork on top of a burger patty? Yes, yes it is. Behold the pork-filled Ricardo burger at the Ram. The Ricardo made my top 20 list for bar burgers you should enjoy before you die (although admittedly eating all the burgers may contribute to that). Watch for the TNT Diner Bar Burger Noshdown in a few weeks.

In my continuing quest to write about the region’s best bar burgers for the TNT Diner Bar Burger Noshdown (watch for the story in two weeks), I struck Cuban gold at the Ram Brewery and Restaurant.

The Ram’s Ricardo burger is the big, beefy brother of the Cuban sandwich, a much-adored sandwich in the southeastern United States. Think of a Cuban in these terms: it’s a pork-filled, puckery grilled cheese sandwich. Read more »

Nov.
22nd

Wild turkey: Crown Bar hosts a pre-Thanksgiving party this Wednesday with a cocktail aptly named ‘The Waddle’

Pimm's infused with rosemary and limeaid is offered on the Crown Bar cocktail menu.

I just got this email alert from Crown Bar:

“Join us at the Crown this Wednesday (Nov. 24, 2010) night to unwind before the family gathers on the day of thanks. Dino will be mixing ‘The Waddle’ made with Wild Turkey, Wild Turkey Honey liquor, fresh cranberry juice and fresh apple cider. We’ll be serving all of your favorite street food and for blue plate special, it’s burger-rama.”

Click “more” to read about the stellar Wednesday night burger discounts (aka burger-rama), my love for the Crown’s mushroom-Swiss burger and to read about a Pimm’s rosemary cocktail and a fresh blackberry Sidecar I recently enjoyed at Crown. Read more »