Now open: Parker’s at O’Malley’s on Tacoma’s Sixth Ave.

Staff writerJune 16, 2014 

The pastrami Reuben from Eleven Eleven, where Mike Parker previously cooked.


Mike Parker’s made a career cooking in bars, but his food’s 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 Parker’s at O’Malley's on Sixth Avenue.

Parker’s 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.


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