Second Helpings: Sandwich Boards
Austin's sandwich shops in this week's "Second Helpings"
Jason's Deli3300 Bee Caves Rd., 328-0200
13729 N. Hwy. 183, 258-7888
9722 Great Hills Trail, 345-9586
1000 E. 41st, 453-8666
This popular national chain has a very loyal Austin following that lines up daily to choose from Jason's large, affordable menu. These folks offer everything from breakfast pastries and desserts to soups, salads, and stuffed spuds. The sandwich selection ranges from traditional deli to wraps and pita pockets, plus there are special menu sections dedicated to heart healthy and kid's choices. Full-service catering and party trays are also available.
Mario's Deli3202 W. Anderson, 451-0713
Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm; Sat, 10am-3pm
The dine-in menu at Mario's is simple and straightforward with meatball, Italian sausage and Italian subs, a good ribeye cheesesteak, and a nice variety of sandwiches such as those made with fresh chicken, tuna, and egg salad. This place is also known for its convenient takeout food: party trays of finger sandwiches, hot meals such as Swedish meatballs, or pasta and hors d'oeuvres for business meetings, seminars, and office parties.
Hickory Honey Hams1204 W. 38th, 459-4267; 459-4469 (fax)
Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-5pm
If you were under the impression these folks only sell spiral sliced hams and turkey breasts, are you in for a surprise! This centrally located shop offers a full menu of delicious deli-style sandwiches for under $5 plus side orders like chili, potato salad, coleslaw, and great homemade baked beans. Party trays, giant overstuffed submarine sandwiches, sandwich platters, and box lunches are also available. Limited delivery area.
The New York DeliN. I-35 & Hwy. 620 in Round Rock, 246-1108
Mon-Thu, 9am-7pm; Fri-Sat, 9am-9pm
Displaced Yankees in the Austin metro area have found their home away from home in this friendly joint at the busiest intersection in Round Rock. Decorated with Big Apple memorabilia, the NY Deli offers kosher-style delicacies such as lox & bagels, knishes, latkes, chopped liver, plus hearty deli sandwiches, and subs named for celebrities. In addition to thin-crust pizza by the pie and the slice, they sell fully dressed Chicago and New York pushcart-style, all-beef vienna hot dogs. Top it off with a cannoli or some New York cheesecake and Dr. Brown's soda.
Maynard's Deli730 W. Stassney, 445-5858
10205 N. Lamar, 834-1068
Try the very credible Philly cheesesteak, a cheesy meatball sub on a toasted garlic roll, or the Jethro Sub, a behemoth made with pastrami, salami, bologna, baked ham, cheese, lettuce, and tomato on a three-layer deli roll. All sandwiches are served with chips and pickle spear, but pretzels, fries, or potato salad are also available. Big, juicy burgers, chicken breasts, and patty melts come hot off the grill with fries and pickle spears. Soups and salads are also available for lighter appetites, and there's a kids' menu. Limited delivery area.
Schlotzsky's Deli & Marketplace14 Austin locations, call for hours
Austin is home to the prototype of Schlotzsky's Deli & Marketplace stores where the company attempts to change its image from sandwich shop to full-service restaurants. In addition to the longtime, local-favorite Original sandwich there are now soups, salads, cold sandwiches, and personal-sized pizzas. Sodas, teas, and a full line of coffee drinks are on hand, and there is a small, affordable list of wines by the glass. Breads, pastries, cookies, tarts, and cakes from the Bread Alone bakery provide sustenance in the early morning and all day long.
Atlanta Bread Company4404 W. Wm. Cannon, 892-1070
Mon-Sat, 6:30am-9pm; Sun, 8am-6pm
Restaurant-starved folks in far Southwest Austin just got a new bakery cafe that's part of a very successful Georgia chain. The new "quick casual" restaurant offers made-to-order sandwiches on fresh bread, several daily soups, a variety of salads, gourmet coffees, and a bakery case loaded with desserts, sweet and savory pastries, and breads made fresh daily. Two more area locations are planned for 2002.
Riches on 6th111 E. 6th, 478-8838
This busy little deli tucked in the ground floor of a downtown skyscraper has been feeding office workers for nearly 20 years. They consistently turn out good sandwiches, daily hot specials such as King Ranch chicken, lasagne, and chicken pot pie, plus hot soups, garden salads, stuffed spuds, and plenty of pastries and desserts.