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The Social Bar and Grill

Drinks and dishes that will leave you twitterpated

The Billionaire Bacon and a Steve McQueen. Photo credit: Dutch Randall

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ANNOUNCER: Though the summer months have come and gone, Dutch and Jackie longed for sweeping views of Foss Waterway and peeks of The Museum of Glass. Naturally, they jetted down Dock Street to indulge in The Social Bar and Grill.

JACKIE: I've been a fan of The Social from day one, mainly for one reason: The SBG Manhattan. If you're a brown liquor purist, this may not be for you, but The Social's twist on a classic Manhattan gets me twitterpated every time. Woodford Reserve is chilled to perfection with a house-made syrup. The recipe is top secret but I believe maple and thyme are major players to the flavor matrimony. It whispers sweet nothings with warm notes of autumn-like spice and bourbon. Other offerings from their cocktail list are similarly compelling and delectable, but this one is my go-to. The ambiance is chill -- sleek tables and candles galore.

DUTCH: Agreed. I could sit here and enjoy drink after drink and enjoy being near the water. I must really like a touch of grapefruit with my cocktails, because two of my favorites here are the Steve McQueen, which combines Bulleit Bourbon with fresh grapefruit and wild honey, and the charred grapefruit margarita of infused tequila, a little sour, orange curacao, and finally a kick with cayenne pepper -- cinnamon sugar rim. Both offer a fresh citrus beverage that combines with traditional liquors of bourbon and tequila. Since the wicked winter weather is on its way, I suggest giving the SBG hot buttered rum a shot. The house-made buttered rum mix is combined with spiced rum and topped with whipped cream, but unlike others out there, this one has Baileys in it as well.

JACKIE: Their Ahi Tuna Poke boasts melt-in-your-mouth, fresh ahi tuna, sliced avocado and crisp wonton. My standard is to start with that and then segue to the Chicken Donburi Bowl. Fried sticky rice balls are served up with carrot-cucumber slaw, sambal, green onions and a delicious ginger soy sauce. The flavor matrimony is playful with kicks of heat, sweet and freshness. And the chicken-to-veggie, rice ratio makes it the perfect plate in my eyes.

DUTCH: I went a bit more traditional and ordered the BBQ brisket sandwich. Plenty of spicy and sweet bourbon maple brisket is piled between two toasted buns and served with fries and chipotle slaw with blue cheese crumbles. I piled my slaw right into my sandwich, and though this made it challenging to get my mouth around it, it added both a crunch from the slaw and a creamy, melty texture from the blue cheese. On another note, I appreciated the creative veggie/vegan options like the V burger that uses a portabella mushroom for a patty, or the zuccini pasta that uses spiraled zucchini for an egg-free pasta option.

JACKIE: If you've overindulged, a swift walk along the water will cure what ails you and makes for prime people watching. Though in the heart of downtown, the locale facing the water makes it feel like an intimate, well kept secret.

DUTCH: I did both! The Billionaire Bacon sent me over the top. Thick bacon is incrusted with a generous amount of brown sugar and mesquite salt before being baked to a crispy perfection and topped with fresh pepper. After an easy stroll, I have no regrets.

THE SOCIAL BAR AND GRILL, 11 a.m. to midnight, Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday-Saturday, 1715 Dock Street, Tacoma,

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