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Tag: Tacoma BBQ

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 »

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 »

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 »

Oct.
28th

Magical ribs: Get your paws on these pork lollipops at Porter’s Place in Tacoma. And a question: Where do you get your ribs?

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

Southern barbecue and the Northwest aren’t necessarily synonymous. Finding restaurants here that serve slow-and-low authentic Southern style smoked meats is akin to finding El Salvadoran or French restaurants around the South Sound. They’re a rare find, and as soon as you find a good one, you should visit often to keep it smokin’.

This week, I’ve written about two new barbecue restaurants –Barrel No. 51 mobile barbecue trailer and Dowd’s BBQ & Southern Cuisine, a tiny startup located in a back corner of a Tacoma 76 station.

Those new restaurants join just a handful of other South Sound restaurants serving slow-and-low barbecue: Porter’s Place Southern Cuisine & BBQ, as well as longtime barbecue restaurants Warthog Barbecue Pit in Fife and Brank’s BBQ in Sumner. There’s also the Po-Boy & Bar-B-Q in Puyallup, Shorty’s Grub House in Federal Way, Bob’s Bar-B-Q Pit on the hilltop. Heading southward, there is South Bay Dickerson’s BBQ and the very popular Ranch House BBQ in Olympia.

I’m sure I’m missing a few others, and that’s where you come in.

YOUR TURN: Which restaurants in the South Sound (emphasis on SOUTH) make your favorite ribs, pulled pork, brisket? Where are they, and why should we eat there? I’m compiling a list for a story. Your input is needed. Please comment below.

Click “more” to see my hallmarks of a good barbecue restaurant, and to read about the ribs at Porter’s Place, a restaurant that has operated since 2005 near the Tacoma Dome (and on 72nd Avenue before that). Read more »