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Best of Olympia 2019: O'Blarney's Irish Pub

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Best of Olympia 2019: O'Blarney's Irish Pub

The readers have spoken! And O'Blarney's Irish Pub on Martin Way is a triple threat. Not only has it been selected as the Best Lunch Spot for it's great food, but also as the Best Sports Bar and Meeting Place. As you enter, you'll find a family dining area to the

Best of Olympia 2019: Tugboat Annies

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Best of Olympia 2019: Tugboat Annies

I've always been a fan of dinner and a show. There is something about the combination of a good meal and good entertainment all wrapped into one evening with a partner of choice. I'm equally fond of a weekend breakfast out where I can relax from the chores at home,

Snow Day sips and stops

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Snow Day sips and stops

ANNOUNCER: Whether you call it "snowmageddon," "snowpocalypse," or just enough snow to matter, one thing is certain, the Sound Sound is losing their damn minds. Before the white stuff started to give the ground a proper dusting, the hordes were in a panic, swiping every loaf of bread and stalk

Marvel Bay Café

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Marvel Bay Café

ANNOUNCER: Just off Pacific Avenue near the campus of PLU, the Marvel Market offers hard-to-find European produce, baked goods as well as meats and cheeses. With a focus on Eastern European cuisine, the attached Marvel Bay Café, which offers breakfast and lunch, also has a heavy Eastern European focus. Jackie and

Straight From Philly

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Straight From Philly

ANNOUNCER: Hearing word of the newest cheesesteak joint serving up classics, gyros, burgers and loaded fries -- Dutch and Jackie popped down to Straight From Philly in the heart of Tacoma's Downtown. JACKIE: This spot here is a little nook of delight right now. Situated next to Mad Hat Tea and

The Social Bar and Grill

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The Social Bar and Grill

ANNOUNCER: Though the summer months have come and gone, Dutch and Jackie longed for sweeping views of Foss Waterway and peeks of The Museum of Glass. Naturally, they jetted down Dock Street to indulge in The Social Bar and Grill. JACKIE: I've been a fan of The Social from day

Takos Koreanos

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Takos Koreanos

ANNOUNCER: It seems there is a Korean fusion theme that continues this week as Dutch goes solo to give Mex-Asian a shot at Takos Koreanos in South Tacoma. The owners have taken an idea they played with in Chicago and turned it into a full fledge concept restaurant here in

Ta Carbon Mexican Asadero

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Ta Carbon Mexican Asadero

ANNOUNCER: Ta Carbon Mexican Asadero boasts authentic Mexican cuisine with a meat-driven, steakhouse-inspired menu. If you mention steak or Mexican dishes to Dutch or Jackie, they are sure to arrive with their appetites.JACKIE: The ambiance is intimate! I've heard quite a buzz surrounding Ta Carbon and would have never guessed such

Salamone’s Pizza

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Salamone’s Pizza

ANNOUNCER: When word on the street had it that there was New York-style slices of pizza pie right here in Tacoma, the masses flocked to the intimate space that was slinging slices. Dutch and Jackie were on standby, awaiting shorter lines. The time has finally arrived for Salamone's Pizza. JACKIE:

Souper Pho

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Souper Pho

ANNOUNCER: Open just over a month, Souper Pho in Tacoma's Westgate Center is designed with family in mind. A little taste of several Asian cuisine favorites will surely fit the bill for everyone. Jackie and Dutch are always up for a menu with lots of options.JACKIE: Souper Pho is one

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Sound Sandwiches: Rollies Tavern's Clubhouse

IT'S A SANDWICH SERIES >>> Established in 1976, Rollies Tavern anchors the north end of McChord Field. The dive tavern is known for several things. For prowling ladies, it's a good spot to catch Air Force types all suited up and sexy. But it's even a better spot to find pizza,

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Sound Sandwiches: Top of Tacoma's Beast of Burden

IT'S A SANDWICH SERIES >>> Often considered - and awarded - one of the best bars in the South Sound, Top of Tacoma Bar and Café has extended its hours and added new menu items. Included in the menu expansion are 14 new sandwiches - most have been specials over

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Sound Sandwiches: Medi's Pizza and Pasta's Italian meatball

IT'S A SANDWICH SERIES >>> In a quest for awesome sandwiches, you should be creative. Delis, cafes, bars - those are obvious choices. If cars could drive by themselves (I think some all ready do), a sandwich command would most likely end at a deli, café or bar. Medi's Pizza &

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Sound Sandwiches: Peterson Bros. 1111's Reuben

You can get a sandwich just about anywhere, but if you want to wrap your muzzle around a monument, then you need to go to the new masters of sandwich-making - Peterson Bros. 1111. Justin and Robbie Peterson opened the "Eleven Eleven" this summer in the Hilltop Tacoma neighborhood. From

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Sound Sandwiches: Renee's Garden Sandwich at Rosewood Cafe

IT'S A SANDWICH SERIES! >>> I've always felt that eating vegetarian food is like dating that proverbial nice girl. You know you should like her (she's nice and wholesome!). You want to like her (she's good for you!). You try really hard to like her (Wow! You're so sweet!). But in

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Sound Sandwiches: Fish Tale Brew Pub's ham and Brie

IT'S A SANDWICH SERIES! >>> It's hard to elevate the sandwich into something truly extraordinary. There are a few spots in South Sound that manage, though, turning out masterful creations that put those mediocre ham-and-cheese-on-white-bread creations to shame. One of those spots is the Fish Tale Brew Pub in downtown Olympia. In

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Sound Sandwiches: The Swiss Dip

BEST SANDWICHES >>> It seems almost a "cheat" to review a French dip sandwich when discussing the best sandwiches in the South Sound. After all, isn't the sandwich simply meat and bread dipped in drippings? This is my column. I can do whatever I please (ha Pappi Swarner!). Besides, The Swiss serves

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SOUND SANDWICHES: MSM Deli's Mike's Deluxe

MAGICAL SANDWICH MAKERS >>> I know it's a bold move to visit Tacoma's Magical Sandwich Makers so early in this sandwich series, but I can't resist the MSM Deli. Yes, that's what the acronym means. Yes, it wins the Best Sandwich year after year in the Weekly Volcano's Best of Tacoma

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SOUND SANDWICHES: Antique's turkey sandwich

A SANDWICH A WEEK >>> Continuing my quest for awesome sandwiches in the South Sound, I dropped in on the Antique Sandwich Company in the little town of Ruston. It's no surprise the Antique serves a tasty sandwich. It's been around since the mid-'70s. It has "sandwich" in its name! Yes, it's

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SOUND SANDWICHES: Meconi's Hot Italian Sub

It's hard to screw up a sandwich, since it requires just enough skill to cram a couple slices of meat and maybe some cheese between two pieces of bread. By the same token, it's also hard to elevate the sandwich into something truly extraordinary. In the months to

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