Friday, February 22, 2013

City Deli - Authentic Yum

Pastrami on Marble Rye with Deli Mustard.  Yum.
Being new to town and not having a local tour guide, we sometimes overlook the real gems right in our backyard.  I made the error of driving past City Deli a few times before stopping in, but finally the happy coincidence of hunger pangs while headed to the post office brought me to City Deli.

We live in a world dominated by packaged "concept restaurants"  and "casual dining" that focus on the decor and the experience at the expense of the food.  (Moe's Southwest Grill - I'm looking at you.)  Regional and national chains have squeezed the character out of a lot of towns.  I know I'm preaching to the choir, but all the chains at the corner of 41 and 776 in Port Charlotte look pretty much like the corner of LBJ and Greenville in Dallas, or Ventura Blvd. near Oxnard, California.

What we all crave is something authentic.  City Deli delivers the goods.  It's a real deli, focused on the food, serving salads, soup, subs and sandwiches along with deli meats by the pound.

I tried the pastrami and was very pleased.  Just enough mustard, meat shaved thin enough to see through, bread was fresh, light and slightly toasted.  The atmosphere was great - busy but not loud, hustle yet friendly.

It's hard to find if you aren't looking for it.  Even the menu proclaims they are located "Next to PETCO".  No matter.  The locals know - and now you do too.  Go hunt it down and grab a great sandwich - then grab a pound of meat to take home.  It's better than the grocery store - believe me.

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