Tournament of Sandwiches: A champion crowned

By Volcano Staff on April 9, 2013


After three weeks of voting the Weekly Volcano readers have picked the most popular sandwich in the South Sound.

The Tournament of Sandwiches Championship match pitted Milton's darling Oliver's Sandwiches against Tacoma's über deli STINK — more specifically, the Lobster Sandwich vs. the Stinker, respectively.

Yesterday's championship battle saw the most online voting before dinnertime (5 p.m.) of the tournament. The Lobster Sandwich had a commanding lead by time the voting switched to the live ballot voting at 6 p.m. during the Tournament of Sandwiches Party in Masa's upstairs party room.

At the party, folks filled out pizza voting/raffle ballots when they weren't pounding margaritas and screaming at the television. The sandwich voting was often lost during the close NCAA Men's Championship hoop game in which Louisville beat Michigan 82-76 to win the title.

But, as promised, we tallied the on-location votes during halftime of the hoop game, which ended in STINK's favor.

Representation from Oliver's Sandwiches and STINK - Cheese & Meat were in the house. The Oliver's crew arrived a half-hour early with 5-year-old Oliver in tow - the darling boy the Milton sandwich shop was named after. STINK owner Kris Blondin and her entire staff arrived, consuming an entire table and many drinks. 

At halftime of the basketball game, Pappi Swarner gave a few remarks, thanked sponsor Subway and party host Masa and gave away 10 or so South Sound restaurant gift cards as raffle prizes.

The Weekly Volcano staff quickly downed their drinks and tallied the ballots. After combining the ballots with its 76 percent vote lead accumulated online, the winner of the 2013 Tournament of Sandwiches was announced:

Oliver's Sandwiches' Lobster Sandwich.

Both South Sound restaurants will be receiving Tournament of Sandwiches trophies after completion of the engraving. Also, look for an upcoming feature on Oliver's Sandwiches in the Weekly Volcano.

So it's official: the Lobster Sandwich is the winner of Weekly Volcano's 2013 Tournament of Sandwiches. Eat it up, South Sound.

Thank you!

We would like to extend special THANKS! to SUBWAY in Orting, Puyallup, Tacoma, Spanaway and Lakewood for sponsoring the Tournament of Sandwiches. When you are in those areas, stop by for a foot-long.

Also a big thanks to Masa on Tacoma's Sixth Avenue for hosting our Tournament of Sandwiches Finals party last night. Good times.

But most of all, thanks to all the awesome folks who voted. You rock.

See you next year for the Tournament of Burgers!

LINK: Tournament of Sandwiches explanation

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