Mike Parkers made a career cooking in bars, but his foods not the typical prefab pub grub.
The Tacoma cook with 16 years experience cooking at popular Tacoma bars now has his own place and it's a restaurant within a bar. On Thursday, he opened Parkers at OMalley's on Sixth Avenue.
Parkers the kind of cook who makes most everything he can from scratch and has cooked at bars known for their menus. Parker formerly was kitchen manager at Top of Tacoma the McKinley neighborhood bar that produces great sandwiches. In 2012, he moved to Eleven Eleven, the popular Hilltop hangout opened Robby and Justin Peterson.
While at Eleven Eleven (also called Peterson Bros.), he served a pastrami Reuben I liked because of his housemade Russian dressing and how he griddled the meat and kraut before slapping it on the sandwich. His Cuban sandwich came with pork shoulder threaded with garlic cloves and slow-cooked overnight in a mojo sauce.