There are people who believe bacon should be its own food group.
They clearly have tried C.I. Shenanigans' Bacon Wrapped Prawns.
The wildly popular entree headlines the waterfront restaurant's three-course menu for Tacoma Restaurant Week. From Oct. 14-18 and 21-25, diners are invited to choose between four starters, three entrees and eight - yes, eight - desserts.
Other than the Bacon Wrapped Prawns, which are stuffed with crab, shrimp and brie and served with apple-cinnamon couscous, seasonal vegetables and lemon butter, the other entrees are "Simply Grilled" Sockeye Salmon, which is accompanied by garlic mashed potatoes, green beans and lemon beurre blanc, or a grilled 8-ounce Top Sirloin, served with seasonal mashed potatoes, chef's vegetable and a cabernet-shallot demi.
General manager Fernando Johnson said the three are C.I. Shenanigans' most popular offerings - but that the prawns especially stand out.
"Anything with bacon, I'm telling you," he said with a laugh.
Assistant manager Mike Falk added that the lemon burre blanc on the fish is "amazing."
"We prepare our salmon four different ways, and the Simply Grilled is the best," he said. "It's cooked on a cedar plank."
The meal starts with the choice of creamy lobster bisque, hearty razor clam chowder, Caesar salad or mixed green salad.
And to finish off dinner as the sun sets over Commencement Bay - make sure to request a window table; you won't regret it - guests can choose from any of the restaurant's dessert shots, which Johnson said C.I Shenanigans is known for. The sweet octet has something for everyone, including cherry berry cobbler, Oreo cheesecake and tiramisu.
"Sometimes you just don't want a huge dessert," he said, "you just want a sampling."
C.I. Shenanigans, 3017 Ruston Way, Tacoma, 253-752-8811
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For information on Tacoma Restaurant Week click here.
A virtual menu guide of participating restaurants can be found here.