SUMMARY & RESULTS
Did you vote for King 5’s Best of Western Washington? Nominated for consecutive years – Tacoma’s own Shake Shake Shake.
If you missed out this year – no worries, you’ll get another chance next year. Or if you haven’t gone to the Stadium District to check out Stadium High School’s favorite burger joint, try a Tiger Shake. complete with Tacoma local Almond Roca. Best Burger in Tacoma
Shake Shake Shake
124 N. Tacoma Ave, Tacoma; 253-507-4060, shakeshakeshake.me.
Tacoma artists-turned-restaurant-owners Steve Naccarato and Robert Stocker have created a retro-themed restaurant with a striking aqua and electric orange palette in their Stadium neighborhood restaurant, Shake Shake Shake, which opened in 2013. Naccarato’s brother, Tacoma restaurateur Gordon Naccarato, also is a partner.
A curved shake counter anchors the 40-seat restaurant with an order counter at the rear of the dining room, which is outfitted with vintage chairs from the old Elks Club bowling alley.
Find a burger based on the old roadside burger stand theme. The classic deluxe with cheese ($5.48) was built with a well-seasoned patty, juicier than any sampled for this tour and grilled until the edges were deliciously browned, with melted American cheese gluing bun to patty. The toasted hamburger bun stayed sturdy to the end and was smeared with a puckery special sauce fueled by fresh herbs, thyme, Italian parsley and cilantro. Shredded iceberg and thick-chopped onions cooly offset the goo, with dill pickle chips for reinforcement. This burger was tomato-free, which meant that the ratio of goo to crunch was lower. Next time, I’d order extra lettuce and onions to get more crunch out of the texture.
BURGER SCORE: 13.5 out of 15
EXTRAS: Thin-cut fries were golden crisp and fresh from the fryer ($2.79); onion rings carried a beer batter with a waft of yeast ($3.19). Shakes ($4.59-$4.89) tasted chef-inspired, with unexpected flavors such as miso butterscotch, red licorice and mocha banana malted. Be sure to sample the house-made sauces, umami bomb and rooster ketchup (69 cents each).
ALSO FIND: Cocktails, corn dogs and grilled dogs ($3.99-$4.79), tots ($2.99) and sweet potato fries ($3.29).