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May 27, 2014 at 2:57pm

Eat This Now: Reuben sandwich

The Reuben at The Bair Bistro in Steilacoom. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner

Last time I visited my friend Heide in New York, I stumbled, quite accidentally, upon a great corned beef on rye at one of her favorite breakfast diner stops. Finding a high quality sandwich at a small coffee shop known more for its matzoh brei and blintzes than its meat on bread wasn't really much of a shock. The Big Apple is the unofficial capital of ethnic delicatessens.

Back home again, I wondered how the South Sound's delis would stack up when the urge for one of Manhattan's famed heart-stoppers hits.

Seeing as this endeavor begs the question of sandwich authenticity, let me say that a little research proved that there is much confusion over the, er, Reuben. So many competing parties lay claim to its invention (and therefore proper construction) that it's hard to separate the possibly valid from the surely apocryphal. For instance, to grill or not to grill, that is a question that has bothered many a brisket.


Filed under: Eat This Now, Steilacoom,

May 20, 2014 at 9:25am

Eat This Now: Kramerica

You need to live in Kramerica's glory at Little Jerry's in Tacoma. Photo credit: Jackie Fender

When I heard rumor of a Seinfeld-inspired establishment serving up breakfast and burgers, my interest was piqued. Though I'm by no means a Seinfeld fan, the idea of good grub and sitcom kitsch matrimony was something I simply needed to check out. And boy, I'm glad I did.

Little Jerry's Breakfast and Burgers is an intimate little greasy spoon tucked away in a small strip mall in the Fern Hill district. By intimate, I mean it is tiny - and on my most recent visit, it was packed. This means one of two things, 1. Seinfeld groupies are aplenty in Tacoma, or 2. Little Jerry's serves up delicious breakfast and lunch fare. Both may be accurate, but judging by my own experience, number two is likely the case.

What do I think you should Eat Now? The Kramerica ($9.95).

Though many cleverly monikered plates caught my eye, the Kramerica featured a favorite breakfast staple of mine in the hollandaise sauce.

Let's break it down. Your choice of hash browns or home fries are topped with your choice of biscuit or English muffin -I opted for the browns with biscuit. The hash browns were golden brown and the biscuit fluffy and filling. This foundation is topped with two eggs your way, though poached only seems natural and a wise decision with yolk oozing out when you cut into it. Add gratuitous amounts of crisp slices of bacon, sliced tomato, fresh spinach all smothered with hollandaise and oh, em, gee, you got yourself a winner. The trick is to get a little bit of every ingredient onto your fork with each bite, and maybe a spattering of Tabasco. The crunch from the bacon, creamy decadence from the hollandaise and fresh veggies to boot makes the Kramerica a balanced breakfast dish.

Little Jerry's is a must for Seinfeld fans and casual curious diners alike. Large groups may have difficulty dining here due to space constraints, but the mismatched mugs, Seinfeld-themed decor and unique menu are worth a visit.

LITTLE JERRY'S BREAKFAST AND BURGERS, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, 8233 South Park Ave., Tacoma, 253.474.2435

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