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Tag: Barrel No. 51

Aug.
1st

Restaurants on wheels: A guide to Pierce County’s food trucks

Ande Dunn and Darrin Shaw were happy to split a "Bad Ass Burger" from Budha Bear Bagels when the truck appeared last month at Food Truck Fest in Tacoma's Wright Park.
Ande Dunn and Darrin Shaw were happy to split a “Bad Ass Burger” from Budha Bear Bagels when the truck appeared last month at Food Truck Fest in Tacoma’s Wright Park.

A diner complaint I hear too often: “We don’t have a food truck community.”

Or do we, and you just don’t know where to find it?

That’s where I come in, your handy newspaper restaurant critic.

I traversed every pocket of Pierce County, cross-referenced with the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, hunted down social media, and relied on readers to assemble my most comprehensive list to date of food trucks based in Pierce County. The list is current as of today, but an unfortunate consequence of businesses that operate on wheels is that they might be serving today, but could easily roll out of town tomorrow. My advice: Call first, or check social media before trekking across the county.

In all, I found nearly 30 trucks serving — and licensed — in Pierce County that I’ve categorized into three groups. The first is the region’s oldest category of mobile dining: taco trucks serving traditional taqueria eats. The second is a list of trucks with semipermanent locations or regular serving spots. The third is a list of what I call “floater trucks.” Those are for-hire trucks you’ll occasionally encounter at public gatherings or festivals, but are trucks without permanent homes.

After all that traveling – and eating – I might’ve missed a truck or two. That’s where you come in. Have a Pierce County truck you want to tell me about? Call me at 253-597-8270 or email sue.kidd@thenewstribune.com and I’ll update this story with your additions. Read more »

May
15th

More al fresco dining: Barrel No. 51, the barbecue truck, is back

This pulled pork sandwich from Barrel No. 51 is quite the porky, saucy mess.

The next few days, I’m going to write about restaurants with outdoor dining to enjoy our stretch of warm weather  – because who knows when it will just poof, leaving us with soggy socks under our sandals (I’ve seen waaaaay too much of that bad fashion lately). Today’s featured al fresco dining spot is another mobile truck – Barrel No. 51. This will be the third al fresco season for the truck and I’ve appreciated watching its evolution. Right now, the truck is parked at Cedar and South 23rd, near Target in the old movie theater parking lot. Read more »