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May. 21, 2008 at 4:54pm

SoDo: The bloggers, the myth, the legend

Friesenburgers, Sitecrafting and you.

At the bottom of teh South Tacoma Way you will find the emerging SoDo district of Tacoma.  Traveling through the area today, it occurred to me that I should visit a couple establishments I'd yet to see for myself.

Friesenburgers is located at 308 E 26th St, just outside the main parking lot entrance to the Tacoma Dome.  Think between Freighthouse Square and the Dome and you are right there.  I walked in post-peak lunch hour and had the place all to myself.  Deep-fried mushrooms were the first thing to catch my eye.  There they were at the bottom of the menu, but I just knew they deserved to be at the top.  I promptly ordered them.  After further consideration, I added a complementary cheeseburger no onions, mostly as an afterthought, and then resumed jabbering to the man behind the counter about my acute obsession for fried mushrooms.

Five minutes later, my bag o' lunch was ready and I was down the road.

The mushrooms were very cold.  That's about all I will remember 2 weeks from now.  So bummin.  Fortunately, I had a very decent cheeseburger to pick up the slack created by fungal disappointment.

Now for my next stop, I would have to buckle down and get serious.  Sitecrafting is not an easy place to find when you only 'kinda' know where it is.  I circled suspiciously through the network of alleys and dead end parking lots between Pacific and I-5 before spotting a familiar vehicle.  Based on breadcrumbs I'd been given in the past, I finally picked up a scent and spotted 1/2 of the Freitai through the front window.  Check point met.

Walking into Sitecrafting, I found it to be just as I had expected in many ways.  However, the deafening silence and lack of visible nonsense were surprising.  I saw no foosball.  I saw no video games, no cakes, no one playing laser tag or juggling.  Walking in, I felt as though I was disturbing the peace, even though I know half of the people working there.  You think you have people pegged merely as hot dog misers, psycho gamers, cereal scientists, and horror film directors, until suddenly, you find they are real people with real jobs, goals, focus and discipline.

It turns out they are simply good at hiding the video games and foosball. After getting a quick tour of the 'office space', I found myself cornered in the back room.  Kevin, who appeared uber-busy one minute emerged like a hungry wolf the next.  Perhaps last night's TF2/HL2 massacre had not been enough to satisfy his hunger for competition.

Team Generation Gap (Lil Boy Joe and I) battled Team Freitai on one of two office foosball tables.  In the most unlikely of upsets, Team Generation Gap defied all the odds and came away victorious. Almost made me forget about the mushrooms.

Thanks, everybody at Sitecrafting, for enduring the disturbance.  On top of building very nice websites, you also have a very enjoyable work environment!

comments [8]  |  posted under friesenburger, sitecrafting, sodo, tacoma


by NineInchNachos on 5/21/2008 @ 6:00pm
if you like used building materials the ReStore is a destination of value. is that Sodo? The surplus Electronics place across the street is mindblowing as well.

by AP on 5/21/2008 @ 10:49pm
I shall both like and require used building materials at some point. My house is 1928 and Home Depot just doesn't cut it for certain moldings, hardware, flooring. And who doesn't love surplus electronics? Have to check out both of these places.

by drizell on 5/22/2008 @ 2:44am
I'm really getting sick of the shortened names like SoDo. That's so old. I mean seriously, EVERY CITY IN THE F***CKING COUNTRY has a SoDo. I think it all originated from the NYC industrial area called SoHo, which is short for South of Houston. Denver has a LoDo, Lower Downtown.

The Puget Sound area, nearly everyone is going to associate "SoDo" with the area around the stadiums in Seattle. Instead of copying everyone else, let's do something different in Tacoma. Ever since 1983, the old Hawthorne neighborhood has been known as the Dome District. Do + Di = DoDi.

Imagine: "How was lunch today?" "It was great. I went to Friesenburgers in DoDi."

by KevinFreitas on 5/22/2008 @ 6:51am
Not bad. I use SoDo because I don't feel that where our office is we're much a part of DoDi. There area is severed by 705. That being said, I think there's all kinds of neighborhood identity and boundary overlap. The Dome District and SoDo can easily both be. Even though the city may not setup every area's name/title if people identify with a place in a certain way then that's valid. SoDo works for me 'cause we're still downtown but just the south part of it. I'd suggest the SiteCrafting District but that would just bit a bit much. ;)

by Mandiferous on 5/22/2008 @ 8:17am
It was nice seeing you yesterday AP. I love when new people come in to the office because they're convinced they have to whisper. :-)

Don't feel bad. I did it for months.

by AP on 5/22/2008 @ 10:34am
@drizell: Should we not use the word "downtown" neither? Just because other cities already do it? How about Main Street? Off limits?

by Heather on 5/22/2008 @ 12:32pm
Is Sitecrafting hiring? I can play foosball. ;)

by Mr Friesen on 7/2/2008 @ 4:28pm
AP - if you dare, Stop by and tell the guy behind the counter about the cold mushrooms and he Will!!! Correct the problem. I know they have made some mushroom preparation quality changes. Because of nice people like yourself, letting them know of the problem.