I had to do a double take. Another mobile food trailer? Right off 149th and Pacific Avenue. I spotted it today while doing a restaurant drive by in Spanaway. Like Out-n-About burgers and their small menu, Tommy Chicago has a micro menu with just six dogs, fries, chili and a few other items. As for the food....
The Chicago dog ($3.29) may be small at Tommy Chicago, but they get it right. Fresh poppy seed bun? Check. Snappy Vienna dog? Check. Neon green sweet relish, yellow mustard, diced onions, sliced tomatoes, a pickle slice, sport peppers and a sprinkle of celery salt? Big, giant check. Yes, they get the traditional Chi-town dog just right. It went down easy. They may give the Red Hot a run for my favorite version of a Chicago dog.
The Taste of Philly ($3.29) came with a juicy, fat Polish dog that spilled over both ends of a poppy seed bun. A swipe of cream cheese and pile of grilled onions finished the Philly feel. A squiggle of yellow mustard added puckery bite. I don't even want to know the calorie count. I'm sure it's not pretty.
Garlic fries ($2.50) were limp, cold and nothing special, and be warned that if you eat just one, you'll stink of garlic for hours. Apologies to my pod mates here at The News Tribune for that.
Also on the menu: a sauerkraut dog ($2.99), a plain Jane ($2.29), a Tommy's chili dog ($3.29) and Vienna Polish Fire Dog ($2.99).
I asked the people running the food trailer (or cart?) how long they've been there. They said they set up shop about two months ago in the parking lot next door to Pizza Hut. I asked if they were permanently stationed there and they said yes, but if they have a catering event, they do take the truck with them. They're open from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (closed Sundays). In case you're wondering, they do have a Pierce County health permit. It's posted on the rear of the trailer.
Tommy Chicago Hot DogWhere: 14905 Pacific Ave., TacomaPhone: 253-882-5561Hours: 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday