I have always said that Tacoma is a sandwich town but when the owners of the outpost, originally Outpost Kitchen now Outpost Sandwiches, first moved to downtown Tacoma they were right options for a unprocessed sandwich were dismal and unexciting. Tacoma is fortunate they decided to do something about it. Since their opening Outpost continues to grow as a staple in the downtown Tacoma lunch service. It was interesting to see the growth in real time. It felt as though it was all word-of-mouth. Someone would leave the office on a lunch adventure and return to the office with a sandwich sleeved in parchment paper and I’m sure the questions arose. “Oh, that’s smells good, oh where did you find that? Oh, how much was it? Oh, how long have they been around?” Eventually, the questions stopped and the praise began, local clothier and community business eTc Tacoma has collaborated with their downtown neighbor Outpost in the past as well. Outpost has also done community outreach and given back through portions of proceeds going to feeding kids for the Summer via specialty lunch meals, put together for Daz Deal community programming another downtown activation. The owners are a handsome couple and one treat of the experience is seeing how in unison they are preparing lunch orders, call-in orders and moving seamlessly together. The food is so good they’ve even had IG accounts start their content rollout with just their sandwich offering. There’s a lot of reasons to love this business if you can find it.
Outpost Sandwiches are located on the bottom floor of the A St. post office in downtown Tacoma. You cannot spot them from the street. So, although downtown has discovered the quality and consistency that these two are able to output daily, it’s still feels a bit like one of Tacoma’s best kept secret. When I eat there I am often blown away by the consistency so much so that it’s now my favorite place to take first timers seeing the reaction to the flavor profiles that the Outpost team has created is always a treat for me. Their chicken melt tastes exactly the same every time. It’s uncanny. The dining experience is fairly unique. It’s an order at the counter, open kitchen with separate seating across from the ordering and pickup window. They share the bottom floor of the post office with other businesses, but from the S 12th street entrance they are the first business you run into unless you’ve missed the lunch hour - then your on your own. Window closed.
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