And with neighborhood fave Tat's Delicatessen moving into a much larger sit-down space--with beer and wine!--around the corner from its current Occidental Park hole-in-the-wall next week, what Pioneer Square is about to have on its hands is a full-blown gourmet sandwich arms race, which, as with the meatloaf, can only mean great things for the future of Pioneer Square.
Tat's street cred is well-established. Look no further than the perpetual lines out the door for evidence of that. But Delicatus, which opened in mid-March, beat them to the expanded-space punch, complete with loft seating and the shrewd calculation that the only thing better than pizza or fried chicken and beer is a sandwich and beer. It's a proud bronze medal of a meal.
The sandwich menu is almost too long (split between "progressives" and "traditionalists"), and the lamb shank (the ShankLamb, in Delicatus-speak) variety we tried was perfectly prepared, with chive aioli playing a key role. But while we appreciate that the name is stepped in deep Latin-German hybrid meaning, it's way too overwrought and unnecessarily hard to pronounce and explain.
"Meet me at Delicatus."
"Delicatus -- like deli plus cactus, minus the second c."
See what I mean?
But unwieldy nomenclature's but a minor speed bump on the road to greatness--for the truly great, that is. Tat's food is already great, whereas Delicatus' could be great. Conversely, Delicatus has a created a great space, whereas the jury's still out on Tat's new home. Gentlemen, start your toasters!