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Feb. 5, 2009 at 7:35am

Hal of a Spot for Lunch

Hal of a Sub [ map ] on the corner of 9th and Pacific (just across from the beloved Frost Park) has always been a great place to pick up a tasty sandwich for lunch. Let me tell you, their egg salad is addicting! But it hasn't been much of a place to hang out until now. The somewhat "convenience store" feel is now gone and is now a great place to sit and eat in. High bench seating and a counter now line the street facing sides of the deli and matching tables and chairs fill in the rest. Makes for a nice option for a quick local lunch without having to take it back to the office. Instead, pull up a chair, stay and while, and watch the world go by as you try and wrap your jaw around whatever you like them to stick between two pieces of bread.

comments [12]  |  posted under deli, food, hal of a sub, restaurant, tacoma

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by Heather on 2/5/2009 @ 10:02am
Nice tip! I've always avoided that spot because of the convenience store appearance, imagining that the food was not fresh.

by Erik on 2/5/2009 @ 10:53am
Delish. They cook stuff here too. Try the pastrami. This place served as a good Frost Park way station for artists and fans alike.

by scout on 2/5/2009 @ 11:11am
The people that own Hal of a Sub have hung tough through thick and thin on the corner of 9th and Pacific and are always customer service oriented, and it appears to have paid off even in a bad economy. They work hard and have made improvements as they have built their business - they also are not trying to be something that they clearly aren't e.g. a high end deli.

It frequently seems that new small businesses in the area come up with an idea, spend all their money, then hope for the best without paying enough attention to customer service and having resources to get them through the rough times....just what I've noticed in my neighborhood in the past 10 years of watching businesses open and close.

The successful businesses have sufficient financial backing during the tough first 3 to 5 years that a business has to establish itself and adapt to the environment (customers and what the market will support) not to what is convenient for the owners. .

by izenmania on 2/5/2009 @ 11:21am
You have now caused me to desire sandwich.

by KevinFreitas on 2/5/2009 @ 11:29am


"It's the sandwich you could be eating with Hal of a Sub."

by Dave_L on 2/5/2009 @ 12:11pm
After just having eaten an instant ramen, Thanks a lot.
Hal has been there a long time, but I visited them for the first time last year while stopping at a Frost Park Chalk-Off. I think they had just completed the remodeling. They were very friendly, and they loved the positive activity the event created across the street from them. To bad the row or businesses around the corner from them looks so bleak, but I hope Hal has continued success. I could use something from them right nor, or from Vinum on the next corner.

by Erik on 2/5/2009 @ 12:28pm
Yeah and they have an easy to access bathroom when you need it. Where is DeRosa when you need her?

by NineInchNachos on 2/5/2009 @ 12:57pm
never been in there. Will have to check it out. Thanks feed tacoma!

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 2/5/2009 @ 7:07pm
It looks like that sandwich could be eating you. Great shop with great people running it. If you haven't tried it you will be surprised in a good way.

by roxainaboxa on 2/5/2009 @ 8:32pm
This post (and its comments) have inspired me to finally go get lunch there. I'm not really sure why I never tried it before--I didn't even notice it ever had a convenience-store feel. Maybe it's because I was usually on a bus or in a car driving by, rather than walking around town. (Wish I worked in Tacoma so I could do that during the lunch hour!)

by tacomachickadee on 2/5/2009 @ 9:44pm
Omigosh. If you haven't been -- go! I've long been a fan ... it's frequently my Frost Park lunch. Hmmm ... yummy sandwiches ... can't wait to see the new digs!

by Erik on 2/6/2009 @ 12:36am
Its authentic and comfortable and the views of gritty street scene at 9th and Pacific and 9th and Commerce can't be beat.

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