TNT Diner

Good eats and drinks around Tacoma, Pierce County and South Puget Sound

NOTICE: TNT Diner has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved TNT Diner.
Visit the new section.

Tag: Crockett’s Public House Puyallup


Rise and shine: Eight breakfasts in downtown Puyallup

Prime rib hash in a skillet at Charlie's, a downtown Puyallup eatery that produces quality breakfasts. Dean Koepfler/Staff photographer
Prime rib hash in a skillet at Charlie’s, a downtown Puyallup eatery that produces quality breakfasts. Dean Koepfler/Staff photographer

Ditch your jammies and that stale bagel tomorrow morning. Steer your car to downtown Puyallup instead.

Breakfast cafes sprawl from Meridian to East Main. I was struck by the breadth of the offerings. Simple cafes served uncomplicated American breakfast fare. Downtown restaurants better known for dinner service boasted gussied-up weekend brunch menus.

I also found bar breakfasts, delicious doughnuts and coffee houses worth your patronage, but for brevity, I skipped those for this report.

My top four restaurant destinations nailed every element of breakfast. Eggs arrived cooked to order. Gravy tasted homespun. And, most importantly, my coffee cup never sat empty. The four restaurants I liked best came with an extra helping of solid service.

The other four didn’t make it into my top tier for one reason or another, but they all provided something worth noting: They serve breakfast during all operating hours. That’s important for people who prefer to eat the most important meal of the day for lunch or dinner.

Count me as one of those. Read more »


First bite: Crockett’s Public House in Puyallup offers a mile-wide selection of comfort eats. And, yes, they have chicken and waffles

Juan Jimenez, executive chef at Crockett’s Public House, shows off an order of fried chicken with cinnamon waffles served with maple syrup, butter and Louisiana hot sauce. Photo by Janet Jensen/Staff photographer

The third time I circled the same block in downtown Puyallup, I knew the restaurant was going to be packed. Crockett’s Public House opened Feb. 21 and has been inundated every time I’ve visited. It doesn’t help that the restaurant has limited parking. So expect to park and hoof it.

After a meal of chicken and waffles, I was thankful for that three-block jaunt after dinner. The food is not for the caloric timid. Mile-wide menu choices offer pub favorites with a backbone of comfort eating: steaks, fish and chips, burgers, melts, sandwiches, pasta and homestyle eats like slow-cooked short ribs and house-made meatballs. Kitsch shows up in the form of sloppy Joes and chicken and waffles. Presentations can be engaging and this is a place with a sense of humor. It’s a great place to dine with kids and friends. Bring grandma, too.

In an economy where diners hound me about value and low price points, the menu pricing will find fans. Read more »


Crockett’s Public House: First bite of chicken and waffles in downtown Puyallup

Crockett’s Public House opened two weeks ago in downtown Puyallup. The menu is comfort style American bar eats with kitschy twists like chicken and waffles. It’s a quirky food trend in other parts of the country. I don’t recall seeing it on any other menus around here.

The waffles were punched with cinnamon. The chicken was overly salty, but crispy delicious. I liked that it came with hot sauce and syrup.

Crockett’s is owned by Shaun Brobak, who owns Trackside Pizza, which is located across the alley behind Crockett’s. I’ll have a full first bite report of

Read more »