We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. The Gooch, HoneyHole Sandwiches, 703 Pike St., Seattle
HoneyHole is loved by vegetarians and carnivores alike for their amazing sandwich selection. But there’s something about The Gooch—thin-sliced tri tip, red onion, sharp cheddar, horseradish mayo and au jus on the side—that makes it a popular pick.
2. Lean Green Turkey Machine, Wally’s Sandwich Bar, 2106 Harrison Ave NW., Olympia
You can always build your own sandwich at Wally’s, but why would you when the Mean Green Turkey Machine is so amazing? It’s topped with turkey, bacon, provolone, lettuce, tomato, onion, pesto aioli, pepper and oil.
3. The Delicious, Doug’s Place, 118 S 3rd St., Shelton
This is The Delicious: Ham, turkey, grilled onions, melted Swiss cheese, fresh lettuce, and homemade Russian dressing on grilled sourdough. Yes, please.
4. Mike’s Deluxe, MSM Deli, 2220 S 6th Ave., Tacoma
The Mike’s Deluxe sandwich has a little bit of everything: Roast beef, ham, turkey, Swiss and cheddar, lettuce, pickles, sprouts, onions, tomatoes, mayo and mustard. Order it when you’re really, really hungry.
5. The New Yorker, Stone Soup Cafe, 703 The Pkwy., Richland and 105 E Alder St., Walla Walla
If you’re a fan of pastrami, you’ve got two locations (and therefore two chances) to try the New Yorker, which is topped with Heated pastrami, provolone, mayo and coleslaw piled high on marble rye.
6. Peoh Point, Stella’s, 316 W. 1st St., Cle Elum
Stella’s serves mouthwatering sandwiches, soups and salads in the heart of Cle Elum. The veggie sandwich is especially tempting, and since it has cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, red onions, avocadoes and Havarti (unless you’d prefer it vegan), you know you’re making a healthy choice.
7. The Whidbey Club, Pickles Deli of Whidbey Island, 11042 WA-525, Clinton
There’s not a thing on this menu we wouldn’t recommend, but their club sandwich is second to none. It’s got oven roasted turkey, black forest ham, roast beef, honey cured bacon and Tillamook cheddar cheese stacked with romaine, tomato, thinly sliced red onion and dill pickle chips on Rosemary Diamante bread.
8. Shamus’s Famous, Shamus’s Sandwich Shoppe, 4212 E Sprague Ave. and 1014 N Pines Rd., Spokane
Feeling bold? Sink your teeth into the Shamus’s Famous, a corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and mayo/mustard combination that put Spokane’s favorite sandwich shop on the map.
9. Italian Grinder, Royal Grinders, 3526 Fremont Pl N., Seattle
Royal Grinders serves East Coast-style sandwiches in the eclectic Fremont neighborhood. The Italian Grinder’s salami, pepperoni, ham, provolone, swiss, tomato, red onion, black olives and pepperoncini toppings make it irresistible.
10. Mean Green Grilled Cheese, Daily Bread and Mercantile, 306 S. Main Suite 2, Ellensburg
Have you ever wanted a guilt-free grilled cheese? This one is loaded with avocado and pesto spread, spinach, and of course, delicious cheese. What a great way to eat your veggies.
11. The Chicken (or Veggie) Blunt, Brotha Dudes, 202 East Holly S.t. Suite 117, Bellingham
We’re not sure who’s in charge of the naming of this establishment and it’s sandwiches, but they must be amazing. The Blunt comes with chicken, tofu or falafel, grilled onions & peppers, rice, cilantro and jalapenos in a spinach wrap. It is absolutely delicious.
12. Roasted Garlic Turkey Panini, Smacky’s on Broadway, 6415 E Broadway Ave., Spokane
Smacky’s is a beloved Spokane sandwich shop, and their Roasted Garlic Turkey Panini is outstanding. Turkey, cream cheese, bacon, roasted garlic, mayo, lettuce and tomato make a delicious combination.
13. Rajun Cajun, The Other Coast Cafe, multiple locations, Seattle
The Other Coast Cafe’s top seller is the Rajun Cajun: Cajun turkey, pepper jack cheese, tomato, onion and a spicy salsa mayo. It will burn your mouth a little and stay on your mind a lot.