Sausage Deliby Tyler Woods on May. 15, 2012, under Uncategorized
Let’s get one thing straight. I was raised on good old American sandwiches. These tasty meals come in every size, shape and flavor. There is something to be said about a meal within bread. Today I have picked my all time favorite sandwich shop to salute. Sausage Deli at 2334 N First Ave on Grant and First. I have been going to Sausage Deli for over 18 years and eating their wonderful sandwiches and in those 18 years, I have never had a bad sandwich, not even one that was mediocre. They have always been fresh and wonderful.
Now there’s the key. Chris Fanelli, owner of the Sausage Deli for the past 9 years says, “What’s the secret? It’s fresh daily!” He will be very matter of fact about how fresh his deli is. “We cut our vegetables daily.” When he says vegetables, he means the onions, tomatoes, the bell pepper, and tomatoes and when he says cuts, he means slices. The veggies are cut paper-thin and plenty of them on a sandwich. I love the thin slices of veggies because when you take a bite, like any great sandwich, you get a balance of flavor, not just tomato or onion.
His bread is fresh daily as well. You will never get a day old slice of bread or roll. It will be bread that is fresh and soft, the way bread should be. They cook their roast beef right on site as well. It does not get much fresher than that. They also make their salads fresh daily so when you get their potato or cole slaw or macaroni salad you can bet that is fresh daily as well.
What I enjoy about the Deli is the variety. Chris makes sure he adds “charisma to lunch.” I normally like to order the mesquite cooked ham with all the fixings. However, they have a few sandwiches that are big sellers. They include, Italian Grinder, which is Genoa salami, pastrami, smoked provolone lettuce, tomato, green pepper, onions, pepperoncini peppers & Italian dressing. Another favorite is Omar (The Breathtaking) salami,turkey & swiss on an onion roll with bell pepper, onion, chopped pepperoncini peppers, mustard & Italian dressing. Though the name sounds odd, I have had the Susie Sorority which is turkey, havarti, lettuce, tomato & sprouts on whole wheat with mayo and it was quite good.
Of course, one the best things I like about Sausage Deli is it is not a chain. Chris Fanelli runs it. There is only one in town. Tucson Biz Beat celebrates the business owner, not the chain foods. Chris also employs about 8 people. “We’re a team here.” He says, “It’s like family.” I have always had great service with a smile from his workers. Chris makes it a point to emphasize that even though the team is like family, this is a business all the way and business is always first. That is so he can offer Tucson the best of the best.
So next time you have a hankering for something extra good, extra fresh, and at a reasonable price, go see Chris and have his team make you up one of the best sandwiches in town. As Chris would say they are “simple stupid.” I have to say I love that, his food is so simple; and the freshness makes this deli stand so tall. Today Tucson Biz Beat salutes Sausage Deli. So stop by, get a coupon, check out their specials and enjoy the freshness of Tucson, it really is simple stupid and hmmmmm good!