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No-frills sammies: Hole-in-the-wall sandwich shops in Tacoma, Federal Way and Lacey deliver the real deal

A BLT with pesto, ribs with home fries and a berry shake are available in the homey settings of Shorty’s Grub House in Federal Way. Photo by Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer.

Everyone has a favorite hole in the wall.

Fans of nondescript places that are low on atmosphere and big on honest-to-goodness real-deal eats know what I’m talking about.
Many sub-genres exist within the hole-in-the-wall category – burger stands, barbecue joints and my current personal favorite – sandwich emporiums.

I’ve found three of those sandwich shops lately that qualify as legitimate holes in the wall. Little or no frills around the edges, simply furnished, clean and efficient, a friendly face to take your order at a counter. No Chihuly hangs in the lobby, no bubbly people wearing name tags and flair. Click “more” to read about them.

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