Sandwiches in Tacoma are a big deal, it makes them easy to find but not all them are worth the bread. 1111 is owned by brothers from Tacoma, it’s nestled right in the center of the Hilltop neighborhood on 11th and MLK Blvd. Since 2012, 1111 has been showing their ability to be consistent with the food, service, experience, commitment to serving Tacoma and its inclusiveness. The coolest thing about their menu is how the vegan side mirrors the original versions of the sandwiches. It’s quite the convenience for friend groups that are diverse in diet. There were once pasta options on the menu as well - but zooming in their focus on the sandwiches is not a bad decision.
The texture of their soy curls with buffalo sauce is a culinary triumph, vegan or not the Buffalo Melt must be tried for review. It wouldn’t be surprising to discover that sandwich alone has converted meat-eaters to the plant based lifestyles. But the French hoagie submerged in Au Jus captures all the flavor in a way that every bite taste as explosive as the first, their French Dip is the best in Tacoma. The beer selection is always a mix of local PNW favorites and some of the popular commercial beers as well. It’s once again a nod to their inclusivity, they could easily be beer snobs and only offer craft beer, but they offer a nice spectrum of choices.
1111 entered the neighborhood and has held the space appropriately since it’s been open. They built an environment that caters to and welcomes persons from every background. The plumbers sit next to the lawyers and the lawyers sit next to the architect and the architect next to the barista. It’s a hub for those on the Hilltop and a destination place for neighboring residents. The decor is signage and memorabilia from all over Tacoma, heritage brands from the PNW and beer brands they’ve had on tap. It covers the walls, pillars and even parts of the ceiling. The most impressive part of the memorabilia is above the corner bench seating in the back of the bar next to the kitchen. It’s a Rainier wonderland. The beer with the “R” from here is a cultural icon and some of the cans they have collected I have only seen through their display case. 1111 is a great representation of Tacoma bar culture and what we hope the new generation of Hilltop’s historically Black neighborhood can be. It’s a place you want to meet as much as you want to eat.
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