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Taco Tuesday: Head to Parkland and Puyallup

A trio of awesome tacos.
A trio of awesome tacos.

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means – taco time.

With Tacoma bars pushing Tuesday Taco specials, I assigned myself a mission of finding the best tacos around town. I’m talking ingredients that go beyond bar tacos made with crunchy shells and ground beef. You can find my taco Tuesday series here about once a month, or whenever the taco mood strikes.

Today’s taco trip takes me to a smokehouse in Parkland and a food truck that knows its way around chopped steak. Read on. Read more »


Barbecue quandary: Can you call it Q if there is no smoke involved? Also, a review of ribs at Bob’s Bar-B-Q Pit and Branks BBQ

The ribs at Branks BBQ in Sumner are supple and smoky.

Philosophical barbecue question: Can a restaurant call itself Mesquite BBQ if it doesn’t use a barbecue grill, a pit or a smoker, or even mesquite wood – or any wood – in the cooking process?

That was the head scratcher for me when I paid a visit to Mesquite BBQ, which opened in January on South Tacoma Way.

Signs outside advertise Texas, American and Hawaiian barbecue. During two visits, what I tasted was slow-cooked meat something akin to pot roast.

It had no whiff of mesquite, held no telltale pink smoke ring (the universal early alert system for good barbecue). The meat looked like it had been oven baked. Indeed, that is how meat is cooked at Mesquite BBQ – in a conventional oven. Servers confirmed that for us on two visits and after a lot of questions.

It made me want to leave and head for my two favorite places for barbecue – Bob’s Bar-B-Q pit on Tacoma’s Hilltop and Branks BBQ in the Sumner valley. In fact, that is where I headed after eating at Mesquite …. Read more »