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The Church Cantina

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The Church Cantina

ANNOUNCER: Open just a few months, The Church Cantina brings Cuban-themed dishes with big flavor to the old Ah Badabing location where they used to serve up big pizza pies. Dutch and Jackie heard big flavor, and came rushing in for a taste.DUTCH: The interior is funky, fun, and holds

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:

Cascadia Grill

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Cascadia Grill

ANNOUNCER: Craving classic, comfort dishes with a twist and a little Pacific Northwest kitsch, Jackie and Dutch settle into Olympia's Cascadia Grill this week. DUTCH: The Cascadia Grill is one of my favorite things about Olympia! The eclectic scene and friendly service simply add to the quality and creativity offered

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

En Rama

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En Rama

ANNOUNCER: Hidden in the corner of the Old Post Office building in downtown Tacoma, En Rama serves up creative seasonal cocktails to anyone able to find their way here despite the absence of any signage. With the help of their smartphones, Dutch and Jackie pull up a stool this week

Summit Pub

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Summit Pub

ANNOUNCER: The Washington State Fair season is in full effect, giving Jackie and Dutch the perfect excuse to hit up some Puyallup area hot spots. This week, they wanted to take a peek at Summit Pub's new digs. JACKIE: I'd never been to the OG Summit Pub so I don't have

Wooden City

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Wooden City

ANNOUNCER: Located on the far end of Pacific Ave. in downtown Tacoma just off the edge of the Stadium District, Wooden City takes over the spot formerly occupied by Café Vincero. Award-winning chefs offer a variety of selections ranging from wood-fired pizzas and burgers to oysters on the half shell

Hop Jack’s

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Hop Jack’s

ANNOUNCER: With already five locations throughout the Puget Sound, Hop Jack's opened a sixth location in Lakewood this summer. Advertised as the neighborhood gathering place, Dutch and Jackie head out to see why everyone is gathering here.DUTCH: Walking into Hop Jack's, you're hit with the buzzing of conversations, TVs with

Ten South Sound essential meals

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Ten South Sound essential meals

With such a generous variety of cuisines available in the South Sound, it can be difficult to decide what to eat. We’ve all been there, deciding between a burger or Chinese take-out. However, diversity can also offer some great dishes that you don’t find at every restaurant, or at the

Build a Burger

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Build a Burger

ANNOUNCER: On the prowl for a strip mall gem, Jackie and Dutch caught wind of the newly opened Build a Burger and high-tailed it down Tacoma Mall Boulevard to check it out.    JACKIE: You could easily miss Build a Burger as you zip down the Boulevard, but you'd be missing out

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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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