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March 18, 2012 at 9:13am

Tournament of Breakfast: Yesterday's results, today's big battles in the East

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Favorites or underdogs, fancy restaurants or dive bars, it's all the same. In the end, they all have one chance to crack an egg that can take the prize.

Yesterday's Tournament of Breakfast Results

Here were the match-ups:

Puget Sound Pizza (Tacoma) vs. The Spar (Tacoma)

The Harvester (Tacoma)vs. The Hub (Tacoma)

A Renaissance Cafe (Tacoma) vs. Bite Restaurant (Tacoma)

Southern Kitchen (Tacoma) vs. Dirty Oscar's Annex (Tacoma)

In the battle of Tacoma favorites, Puget Sound Pizza edged out The Spar with 51.2 percent of the votes. Could the fact The Spar partied it up on St. Patrick's Day affected its focus? Whatever, what's done is done. Puget Sound Pizza moves to the next round. The Spar made it through the Great Depression. It's tough. They'll have breakfast ready for you today as usual.

Flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, eggs, milk, butter: Pancakes sound easy enough, but alas, they're not. We came across two particularly good versions at the Harvester and The Hub. Yesterday, voters agreed with our findings - The Hub won with 50.5 percent of the votes. 50.5 percent! The Harmon conglomerate restaurant now moves on to battle Puget Sound Pizza's stack.

Go local. Yesterday, the little guy, A Renaissance Cafe walked all over the fancy schmancy Hotel Murano and its Bite Restaurant grabbing 69 percent of the votes. A Renaissance Cafe will need to keep limber for its second round opponent. It will be the battle of its life.

Last, Dirty Oscar's Annex on Sixth Avenue put the hurt on Southern Kitchen capturing 65 percent of the votes. It's a given the line outside DOA is all a flutter with the news of the win. We expect many DOA customers will celebrate with a big ol' plate of elk hash.

Let's take a look at the stack. The following are advancing to the next round:

  • Puget Sound Pizza
  • The Hub
  • A Renaissance Cafe
  • Dirty Oscar's Annex

The daily breakfast battles here on Spew are sponsored by Shakabrah Java on Tacoma's Sixth Avenue.

OK, let's check out today's First Round breakfast battles. Vote for one breakfast joint per battle. Voting for today's breakfast battles ends at 11:45 p.m.

Tomorrow's First Round Breakfast Battles in the West Region

Game 1: The Bair Bistro (1617 Lafayette St., Steilacoom) vs. Pine Cone Cafe (7912 27th St. W., University Place)

Game 2: Knapp's Restaurant (2707 N. Proctor, Tacoma) vs. Affairs Cafe & Bakery (2811 Bridgeport Way W., University Place) 

Game 3: Moon Rise Cafe (6020 Main St. SW, Lakewood) vs. Mandolin Cafe (3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma)

Game 4: Taqueria El Antojo (5502 Orchard St. W., University Place) vs. Old Milwaukee Cafe (3102 Sixth Ave., Tacoma)

>>> Join us at 6 p.m. Monday, April 2 at the Meconi's Pub in downtown Tacoma for the Official Tournament of Breakfast Party - our winner will be announced during halftime of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game.

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Comments for "Tournament of Breakfast: Yesterday's results, today's big battles in the East" (11)

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melissa said on Mar. 18, 2012 at 9:19am

DOA is best breakfast, excellent service, and love the portions

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lenny said on Mar. 18, 2012 at 9:21am

D.O.A. has the best hang over food and service ever.

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Jessica said on Mar. 18, 2012 at 9:34am

DOA has the best breakfast in the 253!

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Ali said on Mar. 18, 2012 at 1:28pm

The comments for DOA must be from the staff. I have been there twice now and both times the service was terrible, dishes were dirty, and once they even served me ROTTEN food.

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Georgia A said on Mar. 18, 2012 at 3:59pm

Go Boxcar!!
We were there this morning, & the corned beef & hash is excellent.
Loving the tart homemade raspberry jam.

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Liz said on Mar. 18, 2012 at 4:15pm

Boxcar Grill all the way. Both breakfast & lunch are to die for.
If you havent been...then come on down to the freighthouse & have a fresh homemade biscuit.

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Greg Horton said on Mar. 18, 2012 at 4:26pm

The boxcar grill at the "square" has the best chicken fried steak. It is not a frozen whatever, it is a real steak! check them out if you haven't already. You ownt be sorry.

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Markesha Johnson said on Mar. 18, 2012 at 4:33pm

Go Boxcar!! Go Boxcar!! We ate there this morning & this is our NEW FAVORITE breakfast joint.

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Patti Hoffman said on Mar. 18, 2012 at 4:58pm

I was skeptical about the boxcar grill because I read the review that was written about them here online at the Volcano. Let me tell you I am so GLAD my friend convinced me to try them out, that review must have been an "off day" for them that day. The food at Boxcar is GREAT & the service is fast, & efficient.

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Lisa George said on Mar. 18, 2012 at 6:38pm

Get down to the boxcar grill & try them out if you havent already. Everything I have had there has been wonderful & yummy. The servers are friendly, the food comes out to you in a timely manner, & if that doesnt do it for you , everything is fresh & homemade.

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Aaron said on Mar. 19, 2012 at 3:34pm

At Dirty Oscar's Annex, we receive our produce and all food items on a bi-weekly basis. We run out of stuff regularly and have to hit the grocery store. It's about as fresh as you can get it in the winter. By the way, we support local businesses and shop at the Tacoma Food Coop a lot. Sorry that person didn't enjoy themselves. Odd comment about the rotten food...just don't see how it's possible.

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