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The tale of the South Sound Smitty burger, part II

A Smitty burger at Goofy Goose, although it's not called that.
A Smitty burger at Goofy Goose, although today it’s called a Goofy Burger.

You always can tell a Smitty burger by its shape. Think of the Smitty, served in these parts for more than 50 years, as something of a burger hoagie – a hamburger patty formed into a stretched-out oval with a hoagie or French roll standing in for a bun.

The fillings can fluctuate, depending on who’s assembling it, but a Smitty typically comes dressed with the cool crunch of iceberg lettuce, sliced or diced onions, thick tomato slices, pickle chips and almost always some kind of special sauce. If you’re doing it right, you’ll order it with cheese.

The story and lore of the Smitty burger stretches more than half a century in the South Sound. There’s actually two Smitty burgers – one still served locally, the other a burger an artifact of the Puyallup Fair (more on that in a minute).

Last week, I reported about the new coffee house and cafe Amp replacing Jubilee, one of just a few burger joints in the South Sound that was still serving the oblong Smitty. As a burger community service project, I wanted to make sure readers knew that Don’s Drive-In in Puyallup and Marcia’s Silver Spoon on South Tacoma Way still serve their versions of the Smitty.

I asked and readers bit with their own recommendations of where to still find a Smitty, whether or not it’s still called that. What follows is a touch more to the history of the Smitty burger, as told by Tacoma native and second-generation restaurateur Larry Zarelli, as well as burger recommendations from readers. Read more »


Marcia’s Silver Spoon in Tacoma now open for dinner. Full-pound burgers on the menu.

This just in my inbox: A new dinner menu for Marcia’s Silver Spoon. The longtime South Tacoma Way diner started serving dinner last night, and now will be open daily for dinner until 8 p.m. Last night’s special was spaghetti with a salad for $9.99. The menu is a mix of diner eats and, get this, full pound “Man” burgers.

Click “more” to see the menu. Read more »


Restaurants raise money for local families

Two restaurants are raising money to help local families. Here are the details:

Marcia’s Silver Spoon will take donations for the Hilltop family that lost their home to fire Tuesday. The incident was featured in this News Tribune article. From Marcia’s Facebook page, “We are accepting donations for the family whose home burned down yesterday and lost everything they owned. Three children, ages 4, 8, and 11, and their mom and dad, and the caregiver. They need clothes, blankets, and other necessities, and we are also taking cash donations so they can find a new home.”

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Restaurant nibbles: Tacoma Craft Beer Festival announces October dates and Masa’s deck is now open. Also, dollar breakfast eats on Saturday

A few things from my reporter’s notebook this week: The deck at Masa is now open, the Tacoma Craft Beer Festival announced its 2010 dates and helloooo, bargain! Marcia’s Silver Spoon serves dollar eats at a car show this weekend. Click “more” to read about it. Read more »