I've been going to Red Hot for about a year and a half and I really like it. The people are laid back and friendly. The food is really, really good. We've tried pretty much everything on the menu. I recommend the Hilltop Strangler hot dog (it has cream cheese and bacon on it - yummy) or the BLT - but they're all definitely above average. I'm not the biggest hot dog person but these are so flavorful. They don't have that "mystery meat" feel to them at all. My husband is a big eater and usually gets three hot dogs, but for me one or two will usually suffice.
Having said that I almost always get the Pac Ave Beef sandwich. It's so freaking good that I find myself craving them about once a month. The beef is thinly sliced, they have a pickled vegetable salad they add for free if you ask (ask!) and then they dip it in an au jus. YUM. They're $5 and they're huge. It's such a good deal.
I really think this place is unique and a gem in Tacoma. I've brought lots of out of town visitors here because it has a real local feel and everyone likes it.
There are a couple of downsides. One of them is that the only "side dish" they offer is a bag of plain potato chips. It would be great if they'd offer some different flavors or even fries. They also don't have a soda fountain. That's kind of cool except you have to pay $2 for a 12 oz. bottle of Mexican coke - just a strangely expensive item in an otherwise totally affordable place. The biggest drawback to this place is that there is not a lot of seating. Many times we've gone there and had to turn right around and leave because the place was packed with no tables available. Usually we just call ahead and take the order to go. That works great but it would be cool if they could expand their space or even change locations - I'm sure they'd get even more business.
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