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Rock the Dock Pub

Great pub fare with a view

Rock the Dock’s beer-battered, deep-fried Suicide Burger. Photo credit: Dutch Randall

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ANNOUNCER: Dutch and Jackie head just off the beaten path of the heart of Tacoma's Downtown to hidden gem, Rock the Dock Pub. They were both hankering for a neighborhood bar vibe with premier waterfront views. Let's check in. 

DUTCH: When you drive up to Rock the Dock, you feel like you've found some hole in the wall that has yet to be discovered. But, as soon as you walk in, you see tables full of people and staff rushing about both inside and outside; yes, you read correctly, there is a deck here that overlooks Thea Foss Waterway.

JACKIE: Rock the Dock has everything going for it: ample parking, a tucked away locale and a waterfront view to die for. That kind of view usually comes with a certain sort of reputation, but Rock the Dock provides service that is casual, not stuffy and fun. They host a variety of events like Meat Bingo (dob out a row, holler "BINGO" and score meat ... seriously) and Karaoke so the late-night shenanigans are a must. 

DUTCH: I saw the words "Suicide Burger" and I had to check it out. A beer-battered, deep-fried Kobe burger? Heck Ya! I got just a little bit of crunch from the patty that remained juicy on the inside, and then it was finished off with two kinds of cheese and bacon; then finally finished off with fresh lettuce and tomato. This takes pub burgers to a whole new level, especially when you add fries or crispy tots.

JACKIE: Living on the edge, Dutch. I like your style. My favorite way to dine at Rock the Dock is by diving into their appetizer selection. They aren't reinventing the wheel here with their wings, but the texture and flavorful sauces are everything they need to be. The spicy honey glaze delights with that balance of sweet spice I love and pairs nicely with an ice-cold IPA. Then there's the "dirty" fries with options like bacon, green onion and cheddar and jack cheeses -- honey jalapeño garlic fries with feta or the garlic, Parmesan and Italian seasoning combo. Their fry game is on point. Plus, when given the opportunity, I will go full Napoleon Dynamite and get the tots. 

DUTCH: The Tugboat Turkey Melt is another selection that is worth the visit. Turkey, bacon and plenty of Swiss cheese are grilled between two pieces of sourdough bread. You get the crunch of the bread, with the ooze of the cheese, and then the smokiness of the bacon and turkey. And of course, your choice of fries or tots are available as well.

JACKIE: I'm telling ya, it's tots every time for this gal. Classic pub fare done right. With the abundance of calories consumed, I follow my feast with a stroll down Thea's Park. Because, life is all about balance.  

ROCK THE DOCK PUB, 11 a.m.-midnight Monday-Tuesday, 11 a.m.-2a.m. Wednesday-Friday, 9-2 a.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-midnight Sunday, 535 Dock Street, Ste 118, Tacoma, 253.272.5004,

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