MSM (Magical Sandwich Makers) Deli: Tacoma

Looking for a great deal and a satisfying lunch in Tacoma?

Look no further than MSM (Magical Sandwich Makers — yes, that’s really what it stands for) Deli.

Don’t be afraid of the sketchy mini mart exterior.  Sure, you can get your cigarettes and beer there.  But that’s just the beginning.

Craving a good sandwich for lunch, I dragged my brother along with me to explore.  “There’s cops eating here.  You know it’s good,” was his observation.

Before going in, i asked one of those cops, “So is this place good?”  “Best sandwich in Tacoma” was his reply.  We’ll just see.

I decided on the meatball sandwich.

It was LOADED with meatballs.  And I’m not kidding, as you can see.  And they were damn good meatballs — nice and tender, well seasoned.  And it had provolone.  You can’t go wrong with that.  I ate it all.  And I would order it again.

For my brother, the club.

A typical club.  But it had sprouts.  Can’t get enough of those.  And BACON.  And AVOCADO.  Okay, so it rocks.

For my dad who we were bringing lunch, Mike’s Deluxe.

Okay, this sandwich was HUGE.  I mean, the other two were big.  But this one, huge.  And it’s loaded with good stuff.  Definitely enough to feed two people.

Perhaps the best part about MSM:  the prices.  Mike’s Deluxe was only $6.95 and it’s enough for two.  The meatball: $4.95.  I know, I can’t believe it either.  The club: $5.95.

These prices beat any old chain (Subway, Quiznos) in quality, for sure.  And in some ways, price.  I boycott Subway and Quiznos because they don’t have avocado and that’s practically sandwich sacrilege, in my opinion.

MSM Deli, 2220 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98403   (253) 272-4814‎

Here’s the menu, courtesy Urban Spoon.

Author: Adrienne | Categories: Leftovers | Comments: 4


  1. Posted April 16, 2010 at 1:09 PM | Permalink

    This is just down the street from me!! 🙂 I live off 6th Ave closer to Mildred.


  2. Jake
    Posted May 5, 2010 at 11:32 AM | Permalink

    I have cravings for a Mike’s Deluxe about once a week! They are so good!

  3. Posted December 29, 2013 at 5:55 PM | Permalink

    In the early 80’s Stadium Deli was the best. Eventually, change of ownership was it’s demise. Thank goodness MSM stepped in to fill the deli sandwich void. Just as good, if not better, than SD. Touchdown Tacoma!!!!!!

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  1. By A Big Mouthful : See me on Evening Magazine! on March 26, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    […] First stop was MSM Deli, one of Tacoma’s treasures. Although they’re housed in what looks like a gas station, this family business pumps out some seriously good sandwiches. I did an earlier post on them here. […]

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