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January 30, 2013 at 8:47am

Sound Sandwiches: Renee's Garden Sandwich at Rosewood Cafe

ROSEWOOD CAFE: Its Renee's Garden Sandwich will make carnivores think. Photo credit: Dutch Randall

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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 the end, you remain just a little short of satisfied. Before the vegetarian community gets up in arms, my carnivorous self discovered a glorious, delicious vegetarian sandwich at the Rosewood Café in Tacoma's Northend neighborhood.

Yes, my Wednesday South Sound sandwich series visits the Rosewood, a neighborhood gathering spot for sandwiches, salads, wine and beer. The Rosewood knows sandwiches - they're big, fresh and tasty. You can say the same for its salads. Therefore, by some sort of mathematical property, it makes sense that its Renee's Garden Sandwich excels.

Renee's Garden Sandwich is a solid combination of cheese and real veggies. This is not a processed patty of unrecognizable veggies and flavor, but rather fresh lettuce, tomato, red onions, carrots and zucchini combined with sharp cheddar and Havarti cheeses - piled high between slices of toasted peasant bread. The red onions and sharp cheddar offer a great "bite" to every, er, bite, while the carrots and tomato add a sweet contrast.

Add soup, salad or chips and a glass of wine, draft cider or beer - and you have yourself a tasty meal.

ROSEWOOD CAFE, 11:30 A.M. TO 9 P.M. DAILY, 3323 N. 26TH ST., TACOMA, 253.752.7999

Other South Sound sandwiches I've reviewed:

LINK: Fish Tale Brew Pub's ham and Brie

LINK: The Swiss Dip

LINK: MSM Deli's Mike's Deluxe

LINK: Antique Sandwich Company's turkey sandwich

LINK: Meconi's Hot Italian Sub

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