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Aug. 2, 2011 at 7:07am

They May Be Dorky's But They're Not Dumb

At all. Les and Carolyn have put together an amazing place down on the corner of 9th & Pacific. Among the classic (and new) pinball machines are screens and screens of old skool video games, it's true. Hence the "Dorky's" side of things. Despite the broad appeal of these kinds of games to the dorky and non-dorky alike they do so much more in their space there. They bring families together via nostalgia for a simpler gaming time where now parents share this bit of personal history with their kids.

Carolyn and her crew serve up, I'd argue, some of the best food you can make in sandwich or panini-style grilled form. Their subs are monstrous and fresh and their focaccia bread pizzas are to die for! Not to mention the Thomas Kemper root beer on tap handed over in a frosty mug.

But my biggest complements aren't due to the fact you can now enjoy a beer or two there, it's what they do outside. Every weekend night they help activate that corner of Pacific Ave. with dogs grilling, their talented son Jared chalking the heck out of the sidewalk, and one other thing I think is flat out brilliant/different/inventive/exciting to see:

Video game cabinets wheeled onto the sidewalk for passers by to play. I. Love. This is the kind of digital billboard I can truly get behind! If you haven't been to Dorky's stop by and find a reason to fall in love with the love Les and Carolyn are putting into this unique business. This is Tacoma small business at its best and it should be celebrated and supported to help keep them around and set an example for how creative and engaging other small businesses should be.

Dorky's [ map ]
(253) 627-4156
Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-1am; Sat 11am-1pm

comments [16]  |  posted under arcade, dorky's, downtown, drink, food, tacoma


by MarkMonlux on 8/2/2011 @ 7:17am
I love a visit to Dorkies. It's just like an arcade place I used to know in the 70's that believed in being a fun place and not just someplace to suck quarters out of kids pockets. Oh! the nostalgia!

by NineInchNachos on 8/2/2011 @ 8:08am
Dorky's will save tacoma one pixel at a time.

by TDI-Reporters-Notebook on 8/2/2011 @ 8:13am
amen, kevin! les and caroline are nice people and run a great little business (it's hardly little, i guess -- they keep expanding every time i go in there). i love this place.

by CptMashek on 8/2/2011 @ 2:31pm
It's a shame I haven't been there yet. I must remedy this!

by panachronic on 8/3/2011 @ 10:58am
Ooooo, vintage arcade games? What kind of shape are they in? Does anybody know if they have Defender?

by NineInchNachos on 8/3/2011 @ 11:00am
they have defender. they are in great shape. they have a change machine!

by KevinFreitas on 8/3/2011 @ 11:57am
Yeah, Dorky's take immaculate care of their machines and there are so many classics from my childhood (pinball and video game) it makes my head spin into nostalgia mode nearly every time I'm in there. Tacoma should be proud to have such a great local business/attraction/destination in its midst.

by NineInchNachos on 8/3/2011 @ 12:08pm
putting machines outside at night is brilliant. Reclaim public space! Activate the dead brick wall!

by NineInchNachos on 8/3/2011 @ 12:14pm
Didn't pack a PBJ today. Thinking Dorky's for lunch. Who is with me ?

by KevinFreitas on 8/3/2011 @ 12:26pm
Ack, caught me just too late. I'll be heading there in a bit though to pick up my debit card from a wild party there last night.

by KevinFreitas on 8/3/2011 @ 12:35pm
In related news, Dorky's should totally see about getting one of these: www.engadget.com/2011/08/03/outrun-ar-pr...

by Erik on 8/3/2011 @ 12:43pm
There are some great new businesses downtown but Dorky's is in a class by itself in originality and uniqueness. And now.....they have beer!

Yeah, Dorky's take immaculate care of their machines and there are so many classics from my childhood (pinball and video game)

Yep. At the end of the traditional gaming era, many of the left over games were busted up pretty bad. Dorky's games are in incredible condition.


by NineInchNachos on 8/3/2011 @ 1:07pm
played this new tank game... like driving a bulldozer... controlling the turret was tricky. was fun. 'the elvis' sandwich was odd

by panachronic on 8/3/2011 @ 1:11pm
Defender... AND a change machine? Awesome! Now, if they just had washers and dryers, they'd prolly have to throw me out for loitering.

by NineInchNachos on 8/3/2011 @ 1:22pm
a laundry mat with video games.... hmmm.

by Rick Jones on 8/3/2011 @ 1:34pm
Galaxian AND Galaga. Say no more!


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