Eat This Now: Bleu Baron

By Jackie Fender on June 16, 2014

I'm not a fan of basketball. It's just not my cup of tea. When my husband wanted to watch the final NBA throwdown on Father's Day I begrudgingly accommodated him as a token of appreciation for being the co-creator of our two little people. Since I was the co-creator, I added the stipulation that I picked the spot.

We anted up to the rail at The Hub in Tacoma's Stadium District, home to tasty craft brews, pizza, pasta and sandwiches - not to mention some damn tasty Cajun tots. He watched the game while I dived into this week's Eat This Now recommendation, the Bleu Baron ($10.99).

This sandwich is simply divine with thin sliced, surprisingly tender top sirloin topped with gratuitous amounts of bleu cheese crumbles, sautéed mushrooms and a horseradish aioli - all given a beautiful bread hug from a pretzel bun. The flavor profile is splendidly balanced with the beefiness, zing from the cheese, earthy notes from the shrooms, little bite from the aioli all presented in unity with the slightly salty pretzel bun. It's essentially a super rad French dip, though no aus ju is necessary because the meat and bun are oh, so good.

Pair with a craft brew such as Harmon's Puget Sound Porter and you're in for the win - regardless of the game's outcome.

THE HUB, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11-1 a.m. Friday, 9-1 a.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, 203 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma, 253.683.4606

LINK: Harmon Brewing Co. and other South Sound breweries win 2014 Washington Beer Awards