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Meatball advisory: Dining around the South Sound in search of three-napkin sandwiches

The meatball sandwich at Adriatic Grill in Tacoma. Peter Haley/Staff photographer
The meatball sandwich at Adriatic Grill in Tacoma. Peter Haley/Staff photographer

A meatball sandwich should require two hands, a T-shirt you don’t care about destroying, more than a few napkins and a seesaw of crunch and smoosh.

Since a reader inquired earlier this year about where to find the best examples of that sandwich, I’ve had thoughts of twirling beef orbs raining down with red sauce, a cloud cover of gooey cheese seeking shelter inside toasted bread.

OK, OK. Sorry about that corny paragraph. Clearly, I’m playing on the concept of “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2,” the movie that opens in theaters Friday. But those components – beefy meatballs, a tasty red sauce, plenty of cheese and crunchy bread – became my criteria for Tacoma’s cheesiest, sauciest, messiest meatball sandwich.

I searched for sandwiches in three categories: take-out delis, bars, and the area’s finest Italian eateries.

The overall winner? Adriatic Grill – if not for the meatballs with a hefty texture and delicious garlicky punch, then because of the accompanying hand-cut fries that take chef-owner Bill Trudnowski two days to make. What? Your fries don’t take two days to make? What’s wrong with you?

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Slider cook-off: 7 Tacoma area restaurants compete Saturday at Museum of Glass

The Kobe/Wagyu sliders at HG Bistro in Puyallup includes a piroshky or bacon-cheddar slider, from left. Photo by Janet Jensen/Staff photographer.

Seven Tacoma area restaurants will vie for bragging rights to the best sliders in town Saturday night (March 3, 2012) at Shake, Rattle and Grill, a Museum of Glass event.

I asked participating restaurants what kind of mini-sandwiches they’d be cooking. Here’s what they reported. I also assembled my own self-directed slider competition and came up with sliders you can try anytime at South Sound restaurants. (UPDATE: The event is close to selling out, call the museum for availability). Read more »


Tacoma’s Adriatic Grill: Wood-fired eats and superb service – yes, in a mall location

Restaurateurs Bill and Monique Trudnowski, owners of the Adriatic Grill, with a plate of Bolognese. Photo by Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer

Adriatic Grill resides within one of the toughest neighborhoods for upscale dining. I’ve tried convincing friends that a restaurant near the mall – yes, that mall – serves superb Kobe flat-iron steak, turns out pizza from a wood-fired oven, masters garlicky Bolognese with al dente chewy pull, and doses grilled peaches with sweetened balsamic for dessert.

Or, as I frequently repeat in a convincing tone, “Adriatic Grill really is worth the drive to the mall.” Really. Not that you would want to do that this particular Christmas weekend, but when the assault of holiday shoppers retreats, add Adriatic Grill to your roster of must-try restaurants in an unexpected demographic.

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Sonic boom boom at Adriatic Grill tonight

Weren’t those sonic booms fun? In case you missed it, here’s our coverage of the two loud thwaps that could be heard from Seattle to Olympia (and beyond, according to News Tribune Twitter followers).

I just saw this on the Adriatic Grill’s Facebook page: “In honor of the two F-15’s that flew over Adriatic Grill on their way to protect the Commander-in-Chief, we are going to rename our wine bar “The Boom-Boom Room” for the rest of the day, and we’ll have Kamikaze’s and B-52’s on special for only $2 from now until we close! So, jet on

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