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Stack 571 in Tacoma takes burgers to the extreme

Like big burgers? You’ll love Stacks in Tacoma. Photo credit: Jake de Paul

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ANNOUNCER:  With the revitalization of Point Ruston where the Asarco smelter used to stand, there is now a community feel with condos, activities and several restaurants.  One of which is Stack 571 burger and whiskey bar name to honor the 571-foot stack that once stood on the same location.  It didn't take a lot of persuasion to get Jake to give this place a try.

JAKE:  I came for the burgers, but there are a few small plates and sides that can't be overlooked.  The gorgonzola waffle fries bring new meaning to the fries of which most are accustomed.  These thick and crispy treats are drenched in sauce and fresh crumbled gorgonzola cheese that offer great flavor.  There is also the crispy Brussels sprouts served with bacon whiskey jam, or the fried green tomatoes, a delight not always easy to find. My favorite, however, is the tempura green beans which are crunchy little beans with three dipping sauces - a BBQ aioli, creamy romesco, and a tangy burger sauce.

I was a little disappointed to find out that the burgers here come without any accompanying sides, but once I got a look at the Fatted Sow and quickly realized it couldn't handle a side.  This is a full half-pound burger with bacon, house bourbon slaw, bacon whiskey jam, cheddar cheese, pickles, marinated tomatoes and steak sauce served between two buns.  This is a hearty burger that will surely fill you up and is a true representative of the name stack.  

The Jimi burger takes pork to an even higher level by combining burger with BBQ pulled pork, slaw, buttermilk fried onions, dill pickles and pepper jack cheese.  Staked, messy, and full of sweet and spicy flavors.  It's good to have a knife and fork handy with this burger as you just might need them.

I was very excited to see adult shakes on the menu in addition to some signature cocktails, but after all, what goes better with burgers than shakes?  Each night there are a half dozen options of shakes with a shot, ranging from Malted Mexican Mocha with tequila to the Washington Triple Berry with vodka.  I stuck with the bacon theme that anchors the menu here and ordered the Maple Bacon Candied Walnut with bourbon and I was not misled as it was packed with actual bacon and sweet walnuts that combined with sweet and smokey bourbon.

Stack 571, 5061 Main St., Tacoma, 253.301.2962,

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