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Tag: Bob’s Bar-B-Q Pit Tacoma

March
18th

Meals by the mile: Reviews of 10 neighborhood eateries along MLK in Tacoma’s Hilltop

LeLe is a longtime Hilltop destination that serves Southeast Asian cuisine in a vibrant atmosphere.

By Sue Kidd and Craig Sailor
Staff eaters

Along Martin Luther King Jr. Way, a lively blend of restaurants turns the Hilltop neighborhood into an eating destination like no other in Tacoma.

The restaurants are an outgrowth of the eclectic and transitional nature of the Hilltop: The longtime institution Bob’s Bar B Q Pit shares a block with 1022 South, a young and edgy lounge producing some of the most interesting cocktails in the region.

The 20-plus-year-old Fish House Cafe flanks the restaurant’s eating district with southern down-home goodness at 19th and MLK, while several blocks away, the effortlessly cool newcomer Tempest Lounge bookends the area.

Up and down side streets, visitors will find Vietnamese, Thai and some of the city’s fluffiest doughnuts. We delve into the MLK neighborhood of the Hilltop for our latest installment of 10-in-one, a review of 10 restaurants in a single neighborhood. Read more »

March
10th

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 »