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August 12, 2014 at 7:10am

Eat This Now: fried pickle spear

Do not skip the fried pickle spears at Two Town Pub and Grill in Tacoma. Photo credit: Jackie Fender

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This week we journey to a new establishment along the Ruston Waterfront, Two Town Pub and Cafe. Located in the lovely Point Ruston condominium building, Two Town has the potential to be a hot spot along the expanding waterfront destination.

Having only opened in the final week of July, newbie Two Town is serving up Dilano's Coffee and Corina Bakery pastries during the day and a menu heavy in appetizers, burgers and sandwiches paired with fun cocktails and brews for lunch and dinner. The interior is a little bare and cold but clever with exposed brick and distressed metal shingles on some walls. Patio seating available is a nice addition though there's no waterside view; instead you peer into the parking lot and the building side.

As a new place there are some kinks to work out. Service left something to be desired with the one server obviously stressed for time. She was uber friendly but we waited a fair amount of time before ordering and no refills or napkins were offered until the end of our meal.

The Loaded Martini ($8) with smashed potatoes, house made gravy, green onions, shredded cheese and sour cream arrives in a large martini glass. While it's a clever concept, it's near impossible to actually eat. The flavor was intact - once I could dig in and find equal parts of each component while trying not to look like a toddler who was just learning to use utensils as my table became increasingly peppered with tumbling toppings.

The big Eat This Now column winner proves it's all about the little things sometimes. I suggest the fried pickle spear served atop each burger and sandwich. This little delight was a surprise boasting a crisp light breading with a juicy big pickle inside. Trust me, if you dig fried pickle chips at other joints you're going to love these.

The cocktail menu is pretty solid though this brown liquor lover was left in the cold with not one bourbon concoction in sight. SACRILIGE! Oh, and the potty situation is weird with shared bathrooms for the building, meaning you have to exit the restaurant and travel down the foray a bit.

In all I'd say give Two Town a try and if you leave disappointed give them another in a few months once they've had a chance to work out the kinks.

TWO TOWN PUB AND CAFE, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 5005 Main St., Tacoma, 253.212.9477

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Served, a blog by the Weekly Volcano, is the region’s feedbag of fresh chow daily, local restaurant news, New Beer Column, bar and restaurant openings and closings, breaking culinary news and breaking culinary ground - all brought to the table with a dollop of Internet frivolity on top.

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