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Cheap lunch: Melon Seed Deli and Frozen Yogurt in Tacoma

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on May 15, 2013 at 6:00 am | No Comments »
May 15, 2013 10:32 am
The reuben sliders at Melon Seed Deli and Frozen Yogurt in Tacoma.
The reuben sliders at Melon Seed Deli and Frozen Yogurt in Tacoma.

I’ve given up hope keeping up with all the frozen yogurt openings, but I do know that Black Bear has spawned two more stores in Tacoma and Puyallup in recent weeks. And I’m pretty sure Menchie’s opened a froyo shop in my basement when I wasn’t looking.

While I won’t be writing again about the deluge of froyo, what is worth noting is the new Melon Seed Deli and Frozen Yogurt shop on Center Street, near Union, that opened April 6. I like them not for froyo, but for their sandwiches. I want to call them cheap, but that’s a pejorative term in restaurant circles. Instead, I’ll call them ridiculously affordable.

Try the Reuben or meatball sliders for $3.95. The sliders came in pairs, although $1 will get you an extra slider, or $2 for two more.  A side salad or a frozen yogurt can be added for a few bucks, too. These aren’t small two-bite sliders. One is a light lunch, two make a meal.

Meatball subs at Melon Seed Deli and Frozen Yogurt in Tacoma.
Meatball subs at Melon Seed Deli and Frozen Yogurt in Tacoma.

Owner Mario Charles is the cook in the kitchen – and he knows what’s he doing. The mini French rolls tasted fresh, the sandwiches were composed with deli-thin onions and tomatoes, sauces and dressings had real flavor, sandwiches were accompanied by mini salads of fresh mixed greens dressed simply with olive oil. A counter worker told us the meatballs were house made – they tasted like it, too. The Reuben didn’t hold much meat, but I wouldn’t expect it to at such a low price. The sauerkraut came from nearby Russian deli and grocery story, Friendly Foods.

YOUR TURN: I can’t recall finding a $4 lunch that was as good as the Melon Seed’s. Where else can News Tribune readers find a $4 lunch? Email me your tip. I’ll send the reader with the best tip a cookbook.

Melon Seed interior

The Melon Seed Deli and Frozen Yogurt
Where: 3807 S. Center St., Tacoma, 253-279-0029, facebook

Terribly blurry photo of menu

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