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12th man eats: Find all kinds of Seahawks pride on Tacoma menus. Skittles sausage, anyone?

Call it a feast fit for the 12th Man.

Beast Mode sausage. Legion of Boom hot dogs. 12th Man Sausage Dip.

Anyone hungry for a 12th man doughnut?

As the Seahawks head to a second Super Bowl in as many years, 12th Man madness has blown up on menus in a big way. Take a look:


Where: Blue Max Meats, 9512 Canyon Road E., Puyallup; 253-535-6110 or

Eat it: Tommy Marshall and Evan Greco of Puyallup’s Blue Max Meats have brought back the sausage shop’s legendary hot smoked Skittles sausage, which they’ve nicknamed Beast Mode Sausage, a nod to Marshawn Lynch’s favorite power pellets.

Blue Max will be running double shifts to keep up with demand. They guestimate they’ll make about 3,500 pounds using — get this — about 1,000 pounds of Skittles candy.

The flavor is weird, but not as weird as you would guess about the smoked sausage made from ground pork shoulder. “When you bite into one, you get Skittles juice all over your chin. You immediately get hit with the sweetness of it, which I think if it were just a sweet sausage, it wouldn’t taste good, it would be overwhelmed. But after the sweetness, you get a mild heat and enough savory flavors that are going on with the garlic that it balances out and it ends up being a really good flavor,” said Marshall.

I prefer mine simmered in a crock pot with barbecue sauce over low heat for half a day.

A new addition to the display case: Packages of football-shaped summer sausage for $15, with the tongue-in-cheek title, Under Inflated Sausage. No extra charge for the under-inflation, of course.


Where: Pacific Grill, 1502 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; 253-627-3535 or

Eat it: Deep fried until the chicken wings have perfect crispy-crackled skin, Pacific Grill’s Hawks wings come sauced in a spicy-sweet sticky glaze and a side of shaved cabbage and broccoli slaw dressed in the chunkiest blue cheese dressing I’ve ever seen. On the bar menu.


Where: Shake Shake Shake, 124 N. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma; 253-507-4060 or and Hop Jack’s, find locations at

Eat it: Shake Shake Shake’s Beast Mode might be the tallest burger in town at the moment. The double patty burger is topped with a foot long hot dog, double bacon, double cheese, onion rings and steak sauce.

Find perhaps the widest Beast Mode Burger at Hop Jack’s. The 12-ounce Angus burger is served on a six-inch bun.


Where: Knapp’s, 2707 N. Proctor, Tacoma; 253-759-9009

Eat it: From Knapp’s, “Here at Knapp’s Restaurant and Lounge in the Proctor District we are serving the 12th Man Dip. Quick and yummy. Cook one package Jimmy Dean Hot Sausage. Drain well. Add one package cream cheese. Add one can Ro-Tel tomatoes. Serve with chips. Yummm.”


Where: Bakeries all over Tacoma

Eat it: Find Hawks cakes and cookies at Tacoma’s Celebrity Cake Studio. The Orting Bakery and Tacoma’s Corina Bakery both have Seahawks-themed Super Bowl cakes. Lakewood’s House of Donuts is stocking blue and green 12th man doughnuts. The cutest frosted sugar cookies I’ve seen so far are sold at DiLoreto’s Cafe in Tacoma.


Where: Harmon Brewery and The Hub, find locations for this family of restaurants at

Drink it: Jeff Carlson, head brewer for the Harmon Brewing Co., which operates four restaurants and breweries in Tacoma and Gig Harbor, has been busy brewing his 12th Hop IPA. The special brew is the brewery’s Pt. Defiance IPA that’s been dry hopped with 12 different varieties of hops: Simcoe, Golding, Cascade, Centennial, Magnum, Palisade, Columbus, Citra, Fuggle, Amarillo, Sterling and Sorachi Ace. This one’s definitely for hop heads.


Where: Red Hot, 2914 Sixth Ave., Tacoma; 253-779-0229 or

Eat it: Red Hot co-owner Stu Miller noticed something odd about a menu special called The Black and Blue Dog. “We started noticing when we served it on game day, they won. We renamed it the Legion of Boom dog,” said Miller. They’re too superstitious to take it off the menu now. “It is a grilled all-beef dog in a steamed poppy seed bun, with steak sauce, house made blue cheese dressing, slice of bacon, topped with French fried onions.” This Sunday at Super Bowl, it will be served with the house beef and bean chili.