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Five-buck lunch – Marvel Food and Deli in Parkland

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on May 27, 2014 at 9:26 am | No Comments »
May 27, 2014 9:29 am
A baked cabbage piroshky is 99 cents at Marvel Food and Deli in Parkland.
A baked cabbage piroshky is 99 cents at Marvel Food and Deli in Parkland.

Cheap, filling, no more than five bucks. That’s my must-have list for a cheap weekday lunch. Today’s report took me to Marvel Food and Deli, a Parkland neighborhood grocery store and deli specializing in Eastern European ingredients and take-out food. Food finds of the day: Cabbage rolls and baked piroshky.

Cabbage rolls, filled with rice and ground meat, are $1.90 for three at Marvel Food and Deli.
Cabbage rolls, filled with rice and ground meat, are $1.90 for three at Marvel Food and Deli.

What: Marvel Food and Deli
Where: 301 133rd St. S., Tacoma; 253-537-1008 (just off Pacific and 133rd); marvelfoodanddeli.com. Hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
What: Deli with seating for about 20 inside; another half dozen seats at an outdoor patio
Buy: At the deli take-out counter up front, get cabbage rolls, which will cost you about $1.90 for three rolls; and a baked piroshky with cabbage is just 99 cents. With a soda from the extensive soda selection, you’re still under $5 for lunch. Bargain.
The eats: Cabbage rolls are smaller than at Bruno’s, the closest competition for Eastern European eats in that part of Pierce County, but just as tasty with a rice-and-ground-meat filling. Rolls at Marvel are topped with a tangy tomato sauce. Baked piroshky come in a few different configurations; I prefer the cabbage piroshky to the pork. They’re all priced under a buck.
Also in the deli case: Fried pork patties, potato dishes, cabbage dishes, borscht and fresh salads.
Save room for dessert: They’ve got rum balls, filled cakes, pastries and cookies – all fairly priced.
Also find: Groceries aplenty – with a full selection of bakery goods; chocolate candies filled with liqueur; a frozen food section with the biggest selection of frozen pierogi I’ve seen in the South Sound. Also, check out the selection of meats, cheeses and fish in the back of the store.
Nearby: Saars Marketplace, a grocery store chain with locations throughout South Sound. I love that coffee syrups are bargain priced.
Other Eastern European stores in South Sound: Kusher Bakery in Fife; Friendly Foods in Tacoma and Hess Bakery in Lakewood.

Marvel Food and Deli – a mini photo gallery

The steam table at Marvel Food and Deli has plenty of ready-to-eat-take-out items.
The steam table at Marvel Food and Deli has plenty of ready-to-eat-take-out items.

The pastry case has plenty of choices for baked goods at Marvel Food and Deli.
The pastry case has plenty of choices for baked goods at Marvel Food and Deli.

Yes, the store has Kvass, plenty of varieties at Marvel Food in Parkland.
Yes, the store has Kvass, plenty of varieties at Marvel Food in Parkland.

The bulk candy aisle at Marvel Food in Parkland.
The bulk candy aisle at Marvel Food in Parkland.

Another candy aisle at Marvel Food in Parkland.
Another candy aisle at Marvel Food in Parkland.

Marvel Food and Deli is just off 133rd and Pacific in Parkland - 301 133rd St. S., Tacoma; 253-537-1008.
Marvel Food and Deli is just off 133rd and Pacific in Parkland.

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