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Tag: Leila’s Deli Tacoma


House-made goodness: Leila’s Deli in Tacoma serves scratch-made eats and gluten-free treats

The New York panini at Leila's Deli in Tacoma is a playful flavor spin on buffalo wings and blue cheese dip.

I like walking into a restaurant and asking this question, “Is that house made?”

I like it even more when the answer is, “Yes, it is.”

Leila’s Deli, a small, new cafe located steps away from the Tacoma Dome in the downstairs space below Crystal Voyage, is one of those restaurants that employs someone in the kitchen who cares about food. Or, more accurately, about the quality of food. The meats on the sandwich are Boar’s Head. They offer gluten free baked goods made by Granny Lala’s.

A place like Leila’s that bothers to make its own coleslaw, potato salad, soups and dressings is the sort of place where I want to spend my dwindling dining dollars. Read more »


Deliciously pressed: Tacoma’s Rain City Cafe serves gooey, grilled panini sandwiches

A healthy swipe of basil mayo and a decent ratio of bread to meat and cheese make the East Coast panini a great lunch find at Rain City Cafe.

Good bread defines a good grilled sandwich. Too thick of bread, and the sandwich can become unwieldy, overpowering the filling. Too thin and the bread can annoyingly self destruct just when you get three bites deep. You know a good grilled sandwich when you bite into it: Crunchy bread with a touch of softness; layers of meat glued together with cheese; a smear of a flavorful condiment.

Two new Tacoma sandwich shops have opened in the last several months that get the bread, the fillings, and grilling right. One is Rain City Café, which opened two months ago across from the Tacoma Municipal Building. The other is Leila’s Deli, which opened in July just steps away from the Tacoma Dome in the same building as Crystal Voyage (check back tomorrow for a report on Leila’s).

Rain City Café is the Tacoma outpost of Seattle’s Mike’s East Coast Panini sandwiches, a wholesaler that supplies hospitals and coffee shops in Seattle with ready-to-grill sandwiches. Read more »


Soup’s on: Tasty bowls at Doyle’s, The Swiss and the new Leila’s Deli in Tacoma

A recent daily soup special at The Swiss Tavern near the University of Washington Tacoma campus.

In the last month, I’ve dipped my ladle into the Korean soup soon doo boo, the Vietnamese soup pho, and the Japanese-Southeast Asian hybrid fusion ramen soup at Pacific Grill.

In the last few weeks, I’ve encountered even more soups worthy of your dining dollars. The creamy tomato at Doyle’s Public House, the salmon chowder at The Swiss Tavern and a delicious navy bean at the new Leila’s Deli in Tacoma. Click “more” to read about the soups.

YOUR TURN: Where do you go for good soup? Comment here, please. Read more »