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Tag: The Ram Brewery Restaurants


Cuban sandwiches, take two: Doyle’s Public House, Pacific Grill, Asado, The Ram and Sidebar Bistro put their own spins on the Cuban

The Cuban sandwich at Doyle’s Public House is made with chipotle mayo. Photo by Janet Jensen/The News Tribune

Is a Cuban a Cuban if you douse it with chipotle mayo, stuff it with tilapia, zucchini pickles, or a hamburger patty? The restaurants featured here think so, or at least they bill their sandwiches as Cubans, those pork-filled puckery grilled cheese sandwiches that have been popping up on menus everywhere.

Today: I feature Cubans on the menu at Doyle’s Public House (my favorite sandwich for this report), Pacific Grill, Asado, the Ram and Sidebar Bistro. Click “more” to read about the sandwiches.

Yesterday: I bit into Cubans at Chambers Bay Grill, Blazing Onion, Powerhouse Brewery, and Panera. Read it here.

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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 »