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April 9, 2013 at 6:59am

Tournament of Sandwiches: A champion crowned

WINNER: Oliver, 5, and his Oliver's Sandwiches' Lobster Sandwich captured the Tournament of Sandwiches crown.

TUESDAY, APRIL 9: WE HAVE A WINNER >>>

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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April 8, 2013 at 7:58am

Tournament of Sandwiches: Final vote, and tonight's party

<<< VOTING CLOSED FOR MONDAY, APRIL 8 >>>

The titanic sandwich throwdown finale in on! Voting for the 2013 Weekly Volcano Tournament of Sandwiches Readers' Poll Championship game is live right now.

After three weeks of voting, you have picked the two most popular sandwiches in the South Sound area. What began as 64 sandwiches has been narrowed down to two: Oliver's Sandwiches' Lobster Sandwich and STINK's Stinker.

>>> The daily sandwich battles here on Spew are sponsored by SUBWAY in Orting, Puyallup, Tacoma, Spanaway and Lakewood.

Today's Championship Competition

Welcome to the big dance. Online voting will end at 5 p.m. Voting will resume at 6 p.m. live at the Tournament of Sandwiches Party at Masa on Tacoma's Sixth Avenue.



At 6 p.m. we'll hand out sandwich voting ballots at our Tournament of Sandwiches Party at Masa, 2811 Sixth Ave. Masa will be broadcasting the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game upstairs in its party room. Throughout the first half of the game we'll be handing out sandwich voting ballots for a final push of voting, as we toss back happy hour specials. At halftime of the hoop game, we'll combine the day's online votes with the party ballots and announce the winner of the 2013 Tournament of Sandwiches, as well as hand out free raffle prizes. Then there will be much rejoicing.

OLIVER'S SANDWICHES' LOBSTER SANDWICH

STINK'S STINKER

Thanks again for voting!

LINK: Tournament of Sandwiches explanation

LINK: Hot Damn! Yes, I want the Weekly Volcano's Afternoon Delight newsletter!

April 6, 2013 at 7:58am

Tournament of Sandwiches: Two sandwiches to battle Monday for the title

SATURDAY, APRIL 6: IT'S DOWN TO TWO >>>

Over the past three weeks, the Weekly Volcano challenged 64 of the South Sound's best sandwiches to go bread-to-bread in a showdown of culinary combat. Some fell easily by the wayside, either due to inferior condiments or simply because they faced a superior sandwich. Bite by bite, we ate our way down to yesterday's Final Four: MSM Deli's Mike's Deluxe, Oliver's Sandwiches' Lobster Sandwich, Vuelve a la Vida's Steak Torta and STINK's Stinker. It was do-or-die, win-or-ditch, bring-your-best-sandwich. After the last sandwich was sliced diagonally, two winners emerged for a showdown in the championship game Monday, April 8.

Yesterday's Results

Game 1: Mike's Deluxe (MSM Deli, 2220 Sixth Ave., Tacoma) vs. Lobster Sandwich (Oliver's Sandwiches, 900 Meridian Ave. E., Milton)

Mike's Deluxe received a number one seed by our readers through preliminary voting in February. And the Sixth Avenue deli proved worthy of the title, knocking out Embers Restaurant, Doyle's, Pacific Coffee House and Eleven Eleven to grab a Final Four slot. The Lobster Sandwich, the crown jewel of Milton, secured a number nine seed in the Meatless/Seafood Region, and putting the hurt on Fish House Café, Spar Tavern, Asado, The Lobster Shop, before facing Mike's Deluxe in the Final Four. The Weekly Volcano Steno Pool called it the game of the tournament, which is hard to argue with two major vote getters battling it out. When the last sandwich dropped into the bag, and a lead it never gave up the entire day, Oliver's Sandwiches' Lobster Sandwich grabbed 77 percent of the votes and a spot in the championship game.

Game 2: Steak Torta (Vuelve a la Vida, 5310 Pacific Ave., Tacoma) vs. Stinker (STINK - Cheese & Meat, 628 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma)

Two years ago Kris Blondin of Vin Grotto Cafe & Wine Bar fame opened STINK - a shop specializing in cheeses, old world meats, soups, sandwiches, beer, wine and "a whole lot of stinkin' attitude." The Tacoma Triangle district super deli offers 30 rotating cheeses and salamis, prosciutto and other cured meats, weekly gourmet mac 'n' cheese and toasted cheese sandwiches specials - and a peanut butter, bacon and bleu cheese sandwich called the Stinker that authentic Mexican restaurant Vuelve a la Vida and its über popular Steak Torta just couldn't beat. With 57 percent of the votes, and a lead it never gave up, the Stinker moves on to Monday's championship game to face Oliver's Sandwiches' Lobster Sandwich.

Monday's Championship Game

Sponsored by SUBWAY in Orting, Puyallup, Tacoma, Spanaway and Lakewood.

Here we go. Oliver's Sandwiches' Lobster Sandwich out of the Meatless/Seafood Region will face STINK's Stinker, the top sandwich of the Specialty Region, Monday, April 8 when the polls open around 8 a.m. Online voting will run until 5 p.m. At 6 p.m. the voting opens back up live at the Tournament of Sandwiches Championship Party at Masa on Tacoma's Sixth Avenue. Ballots will be handed out, which will also serve as raffle tickets for random prize drawings throughout the party. The live vote will close at halftime of the NCAA Men's Tournament final and the South Sound Sandwich champion will be announced. Bonus: Masa will offer happy hour prices during the party.

So, pack the car and eat at STINK today and Oliver's Sandwiches tomorrow. Compare notes with your neighbors. Then come Monday, vote here on Spew or join us at Masa.

Thanks again everyone for voting. Love you massive!

STINK - Cheese & Meat, 628 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.426.1347

Oliver's Sandwiches, 900 Merdian Ave. E., Milton, 253.927.2341

Masa, 2811 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.254.0560

LINK: Tournament of Sandwiches explanation

LINK: Hot Damn! Yes, I want the Weekly Volcano's Afternoon Delight newsletter!

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