Grinders Italian Restaurant

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Delectable knife and fork sandwiches, pasta, salads and desserts all made in-house with fresh, top quality ingredients.


Established in 2004.
Grinders opened on Aurora in 2004 to previous owner Mitch Gilbert. With Italian family recipes passed down from his mother he turned an old Tool Town building into a successful restaurant.  In 2015 Mitch passed the ownership spatula and the family cooking secrets over to business partners Jackie Olson and Chris Dalton.  Together Jackie and Chris have kept what made Grinders special and made a few changes to improve your dining experience.  We are happy to continue to have live music on Saturday nights, hosting some of the best professional bands in the Northwest.


Some of Our Favorites —


The Meatball

Meatballs made from scratch! Our meatballs are nested into our Italian roll with melted mozzarella, caramelized onions, and served with our own made-in-house marinara..


The Dipper

Tender slices of house roasted beef, sauteed mushrooms, and caramelized onions nestled onto warm Ciabatta bread, dressed with our creamy horseradish and melted cheese.  Our house-made au jus makes this sandwich extra special.



A cold sandwich made every morning to let the delicious oils soak in... Salami, ham and mortadella, olive tapenade and provalone!  Delizioso!


Creamy Pasta Bowl

A generous portion of cavatappi pasta is topped with our fantastic make-to-order cream sauce, shredded parmesan and a sprinkling of fresh cut basil.  Served with toasted garlic bread.


Bread Pudding

Our own special recipe, with house-made whiskey sauce and cream.  Easily packaged to-go so you can enjoy it later!





Chicken Parmesan

Diced chicken breast grilled with olive oil and garlic, tossed with caramelized onions, parmesan, and mozzarella. We load this into our Italian roll and top it with sliced grape tomatoes, fresh diced mozzarella, fresh basil, and more parmesan.  Served with our in-house made marinara.


Red Eye Ham

House baked ham coated with our red eye rub. Pan jus is deglazed with coffee and brandy creating the infamous red eye gravy, served on the side. We dress the roll with sweet spicy mustard and load it with thin slices of ham, grilled onions, and spicy peppers, topped with melted pepper jack.


Whack Whack Salad

Forget about the Chop Chop, you need to move on to the Whack Whack. Crisp Romaine lettuce, kalamata olives, bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, mozzarella, and whacks of grilled chicken and Italian Salami, all tossed with our original creamy Italian vinaigrette.



Italian lady fingers dipped in espresso, layered with brandied mascarpone, sprinkled with chocolate.  


View Our Full Menu — 

Though the meatball and cheesesteak have their defenders, the Ciabatta best exemplifies classic grinder greatness: stacks of hot capicola, Genoa salami, mortadella and house-roasted pork loin mortared with artichoke aioli, caramelized onions and beguilingly sweet roasted tomatoes. All holds up on Ciabatta bread better than you might.
— Seattle Met
Grinders Hot Sands has raised the bar on what a sandwich should be. The first thing you will notice at Grinders is it’s signature lightly toasted, yet very soft Italian roll or the warm, thick ciabatta bread. While the bread sets the tone, don’t overlook what you’ll find inside. Each sandwich is layered with meat, vegetables and cheese; many contain their signature caramelized onions.
— Seattle Times


19811 Aurora Avenue North
Shoreline, WA 98133



 11 am – 9 pm
Seven Days a Week




(206) 542-0627