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Tag: Loose Wheel Bar & Grill

July
24th

New bar, familiar name: The Loose Wheel Bar & Grill to open in Puyallup


The deep-fried pickles at The Loose Wheel in Tacoma. Staff file photo

Fried pickles in Puyallup, anyone? The Loose Wheel, a sports bar on Sixth Avenue in Tacoma, is duplicating its concept and opening an outpost on Puyallup’s River Road.

Loose Wheel owner Shawn DeCicco, who also owns the Summit Pub on Canyon in Puyallup, said he’s aiming for opening his second Loose Wheel in time for the start of football season, but he might miss by a game or two. I talked to him today by phone as he was standing in the quiet of what used to be O’Henry’s, a sports bar that closed about six months ago, which will be the new home for the Loose Wheel Puyallup. He’ll rework the O’Henry’s space, adding plenty of new television panels for sports viewing, he said. Much like the Loose Wheel in Tacoma, which DeCicco opened in March 2010, the primary pastime besides beer and burgers will be watching sports. Read more »

May
7th

Deep-fried goodness: Pickles show up on local menus


The deep-fried pickles at The Loose Wheel in Tacoma. Photo by Drew Perine/Staff photographer

Last October, TNT Diner reader Carole Whitmire called with a request for a Southern treat, “Where do you find fried pickles around here?”

She owed a friend lunch. And the friend, having just returned from feasting on the pickles at BB King’s Blues club in Memphis, wanted deep-fried pickles.

I asked and TNT Diner blog readers answered: Hooter’s serves them. So does Ramblin Jack’s in Olympia and Bruno’s in Eatonville.

And since then, the Southern-fried delicacies have continued to percolate on my deep-fried radar.

Recently, I spotted them on the appetizer menus at two restaurants: the newly opened Loose Wheel Bar & Grill, and Ram Brewery restaurants, which added fried pickles to the menu about six months ago.

Never heard of deep-fried pickles? That may be because they’re the culinary territory of the South. And by the South, I mean the deep-fried South. Read more »