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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Did Anyone Know…

posted by on May 24 at 11:41 AM

That there is a cafe in Tacoma called the Antique Sandwich Co?

More to the point, would you eat an antique sandwich?

Forgive me from being someone who didn’t grow up around here and should probably have already known about this.

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TASC has been there for years now, pretty much right at the mouth of Point Defiance Park. TASC, as you may imagine, is an old-timey and very pleasant place to enjoy a sandwich and a soda. Highly recommended!

Posted by Matthew | May 24, 2007 11:49 AM

Tacoma's antique sandwiches are impressive, but Seattle's got a WHOLE FACTORY devoted to producing old spaghetti.

Posted by David Schmader | May 24, 2007 11:49 AM

There's a radio show on the local college station KVTI that's broadcast from there. I think it's called Victory Music Open Mike.

Posted by flamingbanjo | May 24, 2007 11:53 AM

There's also a new "Deli" that opened in Seatac Airport called the "Old Seattle Deli".

It has an "antiquey" front facade...

Posted by aaa | May 24, 2007 12:25 PM

and at the back of the ASC there is a bureau pushed against the wall, and if you pull the desk out you will find a drawer, and in that drawer are years of napkins that customers have drawn and written on. grab handfuls, read, add your own. it is fascinating stuff. they sell honey sticks too.

Posted by pretentious | May 24, 2007 12:41 PM

It’s one of my girlfriend’s favorite places. I do not care for it.

Their sandwiches are incredibly overpriced, come with a teeny bit of meat underneath what seems like an entire field of sprouts, in between two slices of store-bought bread.


Posted by stan | May 24, 2007 1:02 PM


It's going down.

Posted by Meagan | May 24, 2007 1:12 PM

If the Chinese can eat 100 year-old eggs, why can't Tacomans eat antique sandwiches?

And they could always wash it down with Ancient Age Bourbon.

Posted by COMTE | May 24, 2007 1:15 PM

And the side of TASC is featured in the opening credits of Northern Exposure.

Posted by Dee in SF | May 24, 2007 1:43 PM

Ari you need to get out into the sunshine a bit more. It's been a few years but I remember the sandwiches as being really good!

Posted by biggie j guitar player for amplified rock outfit SSS | May 24, 2007 2:16 PM

The Antique is great. Their milkshakes, gingerbread, and black bean enchiladas are lip-smackin', man. Just try to ignore the probable fact that all of the groundwater around there has been contaminated by the old Aasarco smelter.I've drunk it for years, and I--well, I do have that nagging cough and a third arm starting to grow, but...

And it's the Rosyln Cafe in Rosyln that's featured in the opening shots of Northern Exposure.

Posted by Lola | May 24, 2007 2:33 PM

I did eat at the Antique Sandwich Company some years ago and I remember having a similar experience as Stan did: overpriced and underwhelming.

My wife and I just passed by it the it he other day and I asked her why anyone would choose to stop at a place named Ancient Sandwich Company and we both laughed, especially when I started listing various menu items they might serve.

I've never had any desire to stop in at Ancient Grounds on 1st Avenue for similar reasons.

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