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Summit Pub

Supersized pub fare to satisfy any appetite

The Summit Pub BLT features one pound of bacon … yes, one pound of bacon. Photo credit: Dutch Randall

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ANNOUNCER: The Washington State Fair season is in full effect, giving Jackie and Dutch the perfect excuse to hit up some Puyallup area hot spots. This week, they wanted to take a peek at Summit Pub's new digs.

JACKIE: I'd never been to the OG Summit Pub so I don't have a point of reference, but the new locale exudes the neighborhood bar vibe without feeling worn and bleak. It's pretty clear this space has a hearty base of regulars that ante up to the bar; it oozes the sense of camaraderie that a place can when the staff and patrons have developed friendships. You can spy a big screen or more from every seat in the house, which is excellent since football season has just begun. Or pick up a stick and play a game of pool.

DUTCH: Even with the new larger space, they are bursting at the seams with customers, each with a drink and a plate of something deep-fried. I've come to expect a bit of deep-fried food at most pubs, but here it is on a whole new level. You'll find the standard onion rings, fries, Jalapeno poppers and mushrooms here, but the menu also boasts pickles, zucchini and gizzards. If that isn't enough choices from the fryer, give the Summit Balls a shot where you can pick an ingredient, have it rolled in bread crumbs, and fry away.

JACKIE: The grub is classic pub fare; no need to reinvent the wheel here. There's an excellent selection of sammies and burgers, deep-fried appetizers, hearty salads and even flatbread pizza. It's hard to narrow it down to a must-try. Napkins ready, I dove into the Summit Burger. Afterall, it bears the name of the place. A behemoth half-pound patty is adorned with classic toppings, crisp lettuce, fresh tomato, onion, pickle and cheese. Add a bit of 1000 Island Dressing and I was feeling a sense of nostalgia thanks to its simple approach. As per the norm, tots are my go-to. Each and every time.

DUTCH: I took a hard look at the burgers, and even the man salad with four kinds of meat (yes there is a man salad on the menu), but was ultimately sold on the BLT. Seriously, the menu states it includes a pound of bacon. I'm used to big sandwiches that include six or even eight slices of bacon, but a pound? I'm in. Toasted sourdough bread supports the lettuce and tomato, but it took both hands to maintain control of all that smoky, crispy bacon. Served with house made fries, which are a cross between Jo Jos and curly fries. They are as hearty as everything else here; thick and soft in the middle with just enough crunch on the outside. Add a pickle spear, side of ranch, an ice-cold beer, and you have yourself a feast.

SUMMIT PUB, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., daily, 11012 Canyon Rd. E., Suite 14, Puyallup, 253.503.6163

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