In Tacoma, we’ve got the “doughsant,” a cross between a doughnut and a croissant and is the creation of Legendary Doughnuts. And for a short time, there was the “womelet,” a hybrid omelet cooked in a waffle iron at the Red Elm Cafe (it’s exited the menu).
Enter the pizzaco.
It’s a merge creation by the folks behind The Defiant Goldfish, adjacent to Point Defiance Park. It’s a Tuesday-only special and is precisely what it sounds: a hybrid of pizza and tacos.
Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about pizzacos.
Why only on Tuesdays? Because it’s a Taco Tuesday special, duh. Many bars and restaurants serve them at discount prices.
What are pizzacos? They’re corn tortillas with pizza toppings, served hot and gooey. They hit the necessary hallmarks of a good taco with crunch and ooze, but there’s also that thing that everyone loves on pizza: melted cheese and lots of meat. Oh, and a generous plop of red sauce.
What do they taste like? Surprisingly delicious. At The Defiant Goldfish, the inexpensive and filling bar eats are served alongside a tap list that focuses heavily on South Sound beers. What’s not to like?
Where’d the idea come from? Co-owner Adam Dopps, who operates the year-old bar with with business partner Corey Webb, said the tacos came out of a personal affinity for Taco Tuesday, plus this question: “I wonder what our pizzas would taste like as tacos?”
Said Dopps, “It worked fantastically the very first try, so it went from concept to execution in a week.”
They started small, but now offer more than six flavors.
How much are they? 4 for $5 or 8 for $9. They’re a bargain. Those are taco truck prices.
Varieties: Find six versions of the taco every Tuesday, as well as taco companions, such as guacamole, chips and salsa. There’s also a taco-themed pizza.
Get the: Something’s on Fire with chipotle pesto, cashew nuts, pepperoni, red onions and spicy sausage that tastes kind of like andouille. Also don’t miss The Zoo, the bar’s classic pizza, with pepperoni, sausage and bacon.
Both are meaty. Both have lots of cheese, making them gooey. Both require a Tums after consuming. Do it anyway.
For non-traditional pizza eaters: The chicken pizzaco with a swipe of barbecue sauce, red onions, chicken and lots of cheese. Also, there’s the Hawaiian with Canadian bacon and pineapple with red sauce and melted mozzarella.
For purists: Try the taco grande, which is closer to a more traditional taco, with ground beef, cheddar-Jack cheese, lettuce, black olives and pico de gallo.
For vegetarians: The Faceless and Painless comes with bell peppers, sundried tomatoes, mushrooms, black olives and, of course, cheese and red sauce.
But I’m a vegan! Don’t worry. There’s a pizzaco for you. The restaurant recently debuted a list of vegan pizzas. On Tuesdays, the vegan pizzas can be magically transformed into pizzacos.
Isn’t the Defiant Goldfish closing? Yes, but not until Sept. 10. Check their Facebook for announcements and updates.
Where: 5310 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; 253-327-1776; facebook.com/Defiancebarandbistro.
Hours: Open at 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays. Open at 11:30 a.m. Fridays-Sundays. Closed Mondays.