"You know it's been a while since we've been to Frisko Freeze." Forgive us Father for we have sinned. A resident of the South Sound (or really anywhere that is synonymous with the name "Puget") should never go too long without a trip to Tacoma's red and white burger icon. My dining companion and I paid penance for our dereliction of duty and visited Frisko Freeze on September 2nd, 2013.
From the weathered image of a hamburger on the sign to the hand-written menu in the window, Frisko Freeze is a throwback. A Tacoma tradition since the end of World War II, this "burger joint" (meant in the best way possible) serves thousands of folks a day...at one walk up and one drive up window. Do you like onions on your burger? You're in luck! Lots of fresh cut onions on their "Beefburger." Do you like your fries hot? You're in luck. Fresh, hot, and the right combination of crispy and "bendy."
Would you like a choice of shake or malt? Of course you would. Lots of flavors and flavor combinations. Strawberry/banana is a common combination but nobody is going to look at you funny if you ask for hot fudge/butterscotch or chocolate/root beer with extra chocolate. Tacomans don't judge when it comes to treats at Frisko Freeze.
That would be enough, wouldn't it? But, like the best infomercial on late night TV, "That's not all. There's more!" Frisko Freeze boasts the best Fishwich (and that's what they still call it!) in town. While my mouth waters over the burgers, my dining companion hasn't had a hamburger there in years. She is that in love with the FF Fishwich. Flaky, flavorful and the kind of tartar your Mama would have served if she had been a mermaid.
Come on a rainy day and huddle with the hungry masses under the small awning. Better yet, come on a sunny day and watch the classic convertibles converge on the South Sound's best imitation of American Graffiti. Whenever you come, though, you'll want to come again.