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New waterfront deli opens on Tacoma’s Foss Waterway

Dock Street Deli

Foss Waterway has a new deli destination for lunchtime dining. Dock Street Deli has opened at 1901 Dock St. in the home of West of the Waterway. That’s the event space that took over the sprawling marina-view perch that Mexican restaurant Casco Antiguo previously occupied.

Dock Street Deli is from third-generation Tacoma restaurateur Adrielle Flinders, whose family owns Tacoma’s famous Cloverleaf Tavern and The Spar Tavern. Flinders also operates Gallucci’s, the longtime local catering company, and West of the Waterway.

As Flinders told me in this story I published in February, she said to think of Dock Street Deli as a part-time pop-up restaurant specializing in later-morning eats and lunch (at least to begin with, they might expand hours later). West of the Waterway hosts weekend events aplenty, but weekdays left the sprawling space void of diners. Flinders said she’ll get better use of the space that’s typically empty on weekdays, save for kitchen staff working on catering orders.

So how has a casual deli specializing in sandwiches and salads be built into an events space that also hosts elegant weddings?

The deli is entirely on wheels. “We’re going to literally roll everything together for the deli,” said Flinders. “We’re putting in a wall and sliding door. Everything is on casters.”

Diners will order at the roll-up counter and find a seat in a scaled-down dining room (the event space is huge; only a portion will be open seating for the deli). Come summer, that water-side patio will open with this-is-why-we-live-here views of the waterfront. “It’ll be a nice place for downtown workers to come sit on the patio and have a sandwich and some iced tea and enjoy the water,” she said.


Flinders is partnering with longtime local chefs Brad and Vern Wilkinson. Vern worked in the 1980s for the original Gallucci’s Uptown, the deli that operated in the same shopping center that’s now home to Target.

It’s apropos that the famous pasta salad that Gallucci’s founder Ron Gallucci, who died in 2013, was known for, will be on the menu at Dock Street Deli. That signature pasta salad is made with salami and provolone, black olives, bell peppers and is mixed up with a tangy Italian vinaigrette. The Gallucci Caesar salad, heavy on garlic, will also be a featured salad. The other salads will rotate seasonally, Brad Wilkinson said.

“We’ll have a pea salad with prosciutto,” he added. “My favorite is the strawberry-rhubarb with hazelnuts,” said Flinders.

They’ll also have housemade soups. They plan for chicken noodle to be a staple with cream of asparagus and others rotating through the menu as the ingredients shift with the seasons.

At first, their idea for the deli’s sandwiches was to follow the format of a classic New York deli, but Flinders said after they started building the menu, they thought that concept limited their Northwest palate. FIND THE MENU HERE.

Dock Street Deli will be the kind of place where purists can have a plain bagel or a simple sandwich. Some sandwiches also will carry fun Northwest touches and occasionally the Asian influence, such as the wasabi mustard and kale-sesame slaw on a pastrami sandwich.

The crew earlier this year took a class from their food supply company on the proper slice on pastrami and corned beef. “For the corned beef and pastrami,” Wilkinson said. “We are going to do thinly sliced and piled high for those who want it.”

Flinders also talked up the roast beef sandwich with sundried tomato pesto, arugula, and asiago on a ciabatta roll. She ticked off a broad list of classic sandwiches: A Monte Cristo, Reuben, Cuban, Philly cheesesteak, an Italian, a turkey-bacon-avocado and a meatball sandwich.

Diners also can build their own from a sizable list of meats, cheeses and breads.

Sandwiches are priced $8.50-$10.95. Sandwiches come with a caprese skewer or a bag of Tim’s chips. Several a la carte salads are available for $6.95 to $8.95 a pound. VIEW THE ONLINE ORDERING MENU HERE.

Vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free eaters have options.

A portion of this story originally published on February 24, 2020.


Where: 1901 Dock St., Tacoma; 253-212-0665; dockstreetdeli.com, info@dockstreetdeli.com

Opening hours: For now, they’re open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, but check social media for updated hours.

Located inside: West of the Waterway


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