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Tag: Tacoma barbecue

March
10th

Coming soon: A second location for Warthog Barbeque Pit

Pictured here, a three-bone rib platter with beans, potato salad and cornbread. The ribs come with a hefty helping of smoke flavor.
Pictured here, a three-bone rib platter with beans, potato salad and cornbread. The ribs at Warthog Barbeque Pit come with a hefty helping of smoke flavor.

The longtime Fife barbecue restaurant Warthog Barbeque Pit is about to sprout a sibling restaurant. Expect to find the restaurant’s signature brisket, ribs, chicken and chili this summer in a larger location that will be a second outpost for Warthog. Read more »

Aug.
26th

Tales from the smoker: Roadside BBQ opens permanent location in Spanaway

Spareribs at Roadside BBQ are slow cooked over apple, cherry and pear wood.
Spareribs at Roadside BBQ are slow cooked over apple, cherry and pear wood.

The return of the waving pink pig with the “Wood Smoked B-B-Q” sign on Pacific Avenue is my first indicator that Roadside BBQ is back in business.

The tiny barbecue restaurant first opened a year ago in a temporary location, serving weekends only at 130th and Pacific Avenue, near PLU.  Owner Susan Ruiz, who runs Roadside with daughter Sarah Sheedy and manager Dirk James, closed that space and went mobile to the parking lot of Cash &Carry at 112th this spring, selling barbecue from a trailer converted to a mini restaurant on wheels. Read more »

May
24th

Project pork rib: Finding smoky perfection at barbecue restaurants in Pierce County

Restaurant critic Sue Kidd tackled a meaty challenge – smoked pork ribs. Travel with her across Pierce County – from Tacoma to Sumner – as she reviews ribs at six barbecue restaurants that cook their meats slow-and-low over wood.

June
14th

First bite: Roadside BBQ in Parkland

A loose meat trio at Roadside BBQ in Parkland.

Roadside BBQ in Parkland is a barbecue restaurant of the old school order. They only take cash. Seating is on square hay bales. The hours are short and sweet – 11-8 Friday to Sunday. The restaurant has no website, no Facebook page and no phone – something almost unheard of in a modern restaurant world. What they do have is the one thing all good barbecue joints must have – a smoker and a supply of wood. Roadside opened in May. Read more »

May
15th

More al fresco dining: Barrel No. 51, the barbecue truck, is back

This pulled pork sandwich from Barrel No. 51 is quite the porky, saucy mess.

The next few days, I’m going to write about restaurants with outdoor dining to enjoy our stretch of warm weather  – because who knows when it will just poof, leaving us with soggy socks under our sandals (I’ve seen waaaaay too much of that bad fashion lately). Today’s featured al fresco dining spot is another mobile truck – Barrel No. 51. This will be the third al fresco season for the truck and I’ve appreciated watching its evolution. Right now, the truck is parked at Cedar and South 23rd, near Target in the old movie theater parking lot. Read more »

Jan.
20th

Return of the grills: Tacoma Avenue sees opening of two new restaurants

Spareribs at Thrill of the Grill are long smoked over wood. They come sauced or naked, your choice.

When Sidebar Bistro closed in the fall, I heard from government employees and lawyers who work around 11th and Tacoma Avenue. They called, emailed, Tweeted and Facebooked me.

What they wanted to know was this: When will we have more lunch options on Tacoma Avenue? The departure of Sidebar Bistro followed by the temporary closure of Thrill of the Grill left a dearth of eateries in a neighborhood full of police officers, jurors, lawyers, bail bondsmen and other time-pressed people in search of a decent lunch.

In December, the news got better. Read more »

Oct.
28th

First bite: Porter’s Place reopens on South Tacoma Way

Porter is a name synonymous with barbecue in Western Washington. Alton Porter opened Porter’s Place in Tacoma in 1994, the same year his late father, Gene Porter, opened Dixie’s in Bellevue. Later came the family’s barbecue stands at Safeco Field.

If the name Porter doesn’t register, these words just might: “Have you met ‘The Man?’ ” Read more »

Oct.
4th

Restaurants on the move: Porter’s opens on South Tacoma Way, and updates on Upper Crust and Sidebar Bistro

The smoked pork ribs at Porter's Place Southern Cuisine & BBQ are supple, smoky and three-napkin good.

More than six months after closing in the perch situated above La Quinta hotel, Porter’s Place Southern Cuisine & BBQ has reopened on South Tacoma Way. Owner Alton Porter resumed business last week. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner Tuesday-Saturday, closed Sunday-Monday. Click “more” for details. Read more »