Friday, January 2, 2009

The Red Hot - Tacoma, WA

On Tuesday the BF and I decided to a little bit of a date night out, so we headed over to The Red Hot in Tacoma. We actually read a review about it in a NW beer magazine, so it had to be good, right?

It was AWESOME! It's basically the most perfect bar ever. The only food they serve is an extensive hot dog menu, nachos, Fritos/chips, and moon pies. They also have many great microbrews on tap. The best part of all of this is that it is CHEAP! The hot dogs (they have veggie dogs, too) are all around $3.75, their wine is always $3.50/glass, and I'm pretty sure the beer is just as cheap. Since we went on a Tuesday, there was a tap (bartender's choice) that was $2/pint. On Tuesday it just happened to be Left Hand Milk Stout, so we both stuck to that and it was tasty. I had a Chicago-style veggie dog, with a sesame seed bun, mustard, relish, tomato, onion, pickle, peppers, and celery salt. YUM!

The vibe of the place is perfect, too. It's pretty small, and definitely not high-end or trendy, but it doesn't feel like a dive bar, either. You can tell there are alot of regulars, which is always a good sign.

Overall, I'd say it's a 10. Good food with ample vegetarian/vegan options, stellar beer selection, good prices, laid-back atmosphere, and great specials. If you're down in the South Sound definitely make it a priority!

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