Finding a good deli is like finding comfort after a stressful day. Austin may not have as many world-renowned delicatessens as New York, but the ‘weird’ city can sure hold its own. Here’s a list of seven fantastic deli shops in Austin.
New World Deli
New World Deli is the ideal community deli shop. They’re best known for their Reuben, packed with meat, cheese, and extra sauerkraut. Their sandwiches are generally above average in taste, and the smell of their homemade soups and fresh deli meats alone is worth the trip. There’s also live music to enjoy on the weekends.
Noble Sandwich Company sources most of the deli’s ingredients from local vendors. Go against the norm and order their smoked duck pastrami and house-made rye pickles. Also, try their swine burger with house-smoked pork and coleslaw on the side. They go above and beyond by making everything in-house with quality ingredients, which reveals itself in every bite.
A quaint little deli, G’s Dynamite Deli is a build-your-own sandwich shop. Pick your bread, choose your delicious deli meat from cold cut turkey to pastrami, add some cheese, and top it all off with one of their homemade sauces – they offer sun-dried tomato pesto mayo, horseradish lemon mayo, and jalapeño ranch, to name a few. If you’re feeling adventurous and hold a huge appetite or have lots of friends, try The Jeffery (pictured below).
In the middle of the Hyde Park neighborhood sits a favorite among locals, Avenue B Grocery – one of the oldest grocery stores in Austin. Along with various grocery items, they have a delightful deli perfect for lunch breaks. They serve hot sandwiches with warm soups, and if you’re lucky, they’ll have some chili cooking when you’re there. Sit outside at one of their picnic tables with your sandwich and cold soda pop; you’ll feel as though you’ve just traveled back in time to old town Austin.
Fricano’s Deli is in the middle of the UT campus and a great place to grab a corned beef or pastrami sandwich on rye. You can also try their Cajun turkey sandwich. Anything you choose will make you feel like you’ve found a hidden gem in the middle of West Campus.
If you’re looking for something on the healthier side, try Peoples Deli. They feature grass-fed beef, pork from local sources, and have Paleo-friendly tortillas, plus they claim their ingredients contain no antibiotics, hormones, nitrates, MSG, or high-fructose corn syrup. Try any of the fresh sandwiches, organic chocolate-covered strawberries, or gluten-free brownies.
Hidden along 6th Street is Walton’s Fancy & Staple where you can expect fresh bread and all natural meat making the perfect gourmet sandwich. They also sell baked goods like cookies, macaroons, and brownies. It’s a great place for a weekday lunch or weekend brunch.