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Tag: Hot Rod Dog Tacoma


Welcome to hot dog town, population you. Two new hot dog restaurants open in Tacoma

The Chicago Dog at Deli & Dog, a new restaurant that opened two months ago in Freighthouse Square.

So …. hot dogs.

Can we not get enough?

In August, I wrote about hot dog trucks and trailers popping up from Tacoma to Buckley to Fife. And now a mobile sidewalk hot dog stand, Hot Dogs To Go, has started serving dogs from a portable grill on Tacoma Avenue South.

And what about stationary dog restaurants? Well, add Dog & Deli at Freighthouse Square to the growing list of hot dog diners and walk-in restaurants that also includes Hot Rod Dog (two locations), The Red Hot on Sixth and Sully’s Alder Street Café in Sumner.

So … this begs the question … can we get enough of hot dogs? Will they become the new cupcakes? Will the mere mention of them make us roll our eyes and yearn for whatever the next food trend will bring? I’m guessing no, but you can tell me otherwise. Just comment below.

Click “more” to read about Hot Dogs To Go and Dog & Deli. Read more »


First bite: SideBar Bistro on Tacoma Avenue South offers affordable lunching

The BLT at SideBar Bistro, which opened two weeks ago on Tacoma Avenue South.

I stopped in for lunch at the SideBar Bistro, a legal themed restaurant that opened two weeks ago across from the County-City Building on Tacoma Avenue South. I was impressed with the handsome restaurant with an affordable menu. In a neighborhood with a modest offering of casual, quick eating options, the bistro offers a level of dining needed on that block.

But don’t think of SideBar as a steaks and chops clubby sort of place where lawyers with expense accounts swill martinis and drop $50 on a steak. It’s not that at all. Think affordable sandwiches and soups for lunch and economically priced comfort eating at dinner. While it is an attractive restaurant and a martini swilling lawyer may not necessarily be out of place in the adjoining lounge, the lunch menu is decidedly accessible and intended to feed those looking for lunch in the $10-$15 range. Read more »


First Bite: DIY dogs at Hot Rod Dog on Tacoma Ave

Pictured here, a Chicago style DIY dog I made at Hot Rod Dog. Mustard, relish, onions, a pickle spear and celery salt (MIA: poppy seed bun, sport peppers, tomato slice).

Two things I like about a walk-in spot like Hot Rod Dog:

1. A DIY condiment bar that lets dog lovers load up on onions, mustard, relish, pickles, peppers, etc. etc. etc. It’s fast service eating, and customized all you want. In and out in five minutes, even if there’s a line? I’m a fan.

2. Great dogs. And when I say great, I mean deep-down delicious (no fatty fillers!). Blue Max Sausage Co. in Puyallup is responsible for those delectable smoked sausages.

Hot Rod Dog opened its second outpost last month, which I wrote about here.

Lines can spill out the door when it gets busy, but it moves fast. A table and a few chairs are out front, but all that’s inside is a counter for noshing. But hot dogs are walking around food, so who needs a table, right? Read more »


Hot Rod Dog opens on Tacoma Ave

Pictured here is Tom Irick at the original Hot Rod Dog location on Pacific Avenue. The restaurant opened in 2005. A new Hot Rod Dog opened on Tacoma Avenue yesterday. Staff photo.

A second Hot Rod Dog opened yesterday at 1103 Tacoma Ave. S. And in about a month, the owners of Hot Rod Dog will have one more restaurant to add to their collection – the SideBar Bistro. Its owners say the legal-themed bistro will cater to the nearby courthouse employees at the County-City Building. Read more »