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How One Sandwich Takes Me Home

There is a special place deep in every American's heart for their all time favorite deli sandwich. Whether it's pepper turkey with creamy avocado and crisp bacon or sharp cheddar, sweet mustard and Italian salami, everyone has a best-loved sandwich. More importantly, a particular deli that makes their beloved sandwich with just the right ratio of oil/vinegar to bread and perfectly thin slices of roast beef. My all time favorite deli in the world is called Lucchesi Deli and is located in the town where I was born and raised. Lucchesi's, as locals know it affectionately, is your typical mom-and-pop deli with sandwiches, salads, daily soup, deli meats, bread, and my personal weakness, deviled eggs. The baguettes are made fresh daily, have a soft inside and crisp, crunchy outside. The wide variety of cheeses and meats makes each sandwich an individual masterpiece. Lucchesi's sandwiches pair perfectly with a cherry coke and lightly salted kettle chips. The deli has been voted the best in town more than once in the past few years and the friendly rapid, no fail service combined with delicious sandwiches is what keeps customers like myself coming back. Making a stop for lunch at Lucchesi's brings me back to my roots. I remember when my dad would buy me sandwiches when I was a little girl; in high school we'd sneak out of class a few minutes early for lunch to beat the line at Lucchesi's; when I arrived at the airport from living abroad for two years, my sister had a cooler with a sandwich in her car. To me the sandwiches convey the essence of coming home: there is comfort, nostalgia, and a sense of belonging in each bite. Well Fed About Town asked me to tell them about my preferred deli, and now I'm asking you readers, what's your favorite deli?

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celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
this one would take me home anyday!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 10 years
A little Greek place called European Bistro, back home in DE. They made "Toasterellas" which were basically toasted subs with the best deli meat in town. Their roast beef was to die for and I always swing in for one whenever I come home. :)
OChottie OChottie 10 years
It's not a deli but they make the best sandwiches I've ever tasted. Gina's, it's a pizza/pasta place but they really are a hands down winner for best sandwiches. At least the one at Balboa is.
Community-Manager Community-Manager 10 years
Luca Italian Deli on Chestnut Street in SF. Their potato salad, proscuitto and deviled eggs are soooo yummy!
econinsf econinsf 10 years
There is a deli called Giugni's (pronounced J-oo-neys) on Main Street in St. Helena. (Napa Valley) It has been around for 30 years at least. If you are up in Napa for the day and strolling along the Main drag in St. Helena you should definitely stop in. A great alternative to the expensive restaurants. Only locals and people "in the know" are in there so it is a good place to avoid the tourist traps. Don't forget to get "Giugni Juice" on your sandwich. You can eat it there or walk a few blocks to the local park and have a picnic.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
A local deli near me is Twinbrook Deli, known as TBD to all who frequent it. Its great! Perfect dressing ration on each sub!
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