One of my favorite things to eat, besides pizza, is sandwiches. I could even go on to say that I have a mild obsession with sandwiches. If you offer me one, I’m gonna eat it. If there is a new sammich place open, I will want to go. I LOVE THEM. I mean who doesn’t like bread, meat, and cheese?? So, when I find a good shop that makes quality sandwiches, it’s like I found the missing piece to my stomach, and I keep going back. One of the places I have found, in my neck of the woods no less, is a little haven called The Yellow Deli. It’s amazing, homey, delicious and not what you would expect.
There are two locations of The Yellow Deli in San Diego, one is in Vista 315 East Broadway Vista, CA 92084 (760)631-1888 and the other is in Valley Center 32011 Lilac Rd. Valley Center, CA 92082 (760)742-2064. The Vista location is the one that I go to and it opened its doors Feb. 14, 2010 it was a custom built property that took a total of seven years to complete. What I love about this establishment is that they support themselves by organic farming (Morning Star Organic Avocado Ranch, Valley Center) and they sell their own produce at farmers markets in the area. They also bake their own bread everyday as well as bake the desserts that are served and sold. In the restaurant they have a stand where you can also purchase the bread and cookies. On Wednesdays they have a larger stand to sell their produce and breads to diners and passer byes. Everyone there is so kind the moment you walk up to the time you leave. The kitchen staff waves at you when you pass by. It’s so welcoming. Outside there are fire pits that they light during the evening and inside they have a fireplace that they have going during the cold season, which is nice for abeyance. There is always plenty of seating with iron tables outside and custom wood tables inside with two levels. On the second level in the back they have a fresh tea/juice/coffee bar and lots of comfy chairs/sofas and tables with internet access for those of us who need a quiet place to study or get some work done. Which brings me to the best part… the hours. At the Vista location they are open 24/5. Open Sunday at 12PM and stays open 24 hours till Friday at 3PM. They are closed from Friday at 3PM and all day Saturday. AWESOME!!! At the Valley center location they are open Sunday: 12PM-8PM, Monday –Thursday 8AM-8PM, Friday 8AM-3PM and Saturday: CLOSED. Here is their website www.yellowdeli.com for more information and directions to ALL their locations nationwide.
Ok, now that you have the low-down on the place and how awesome it is, here is some info on the menu. They have six preset sandwiches, the Deli Rose is what they are known for and it comes with roast beef, corned beef, hot pepper jack cheese, onions, tomato, mayo, mustard, and their own special sauce on their fresh baked onion roll and a side of freshly made kettle chips and dill pickle. They also have the option for you to create your own sandwich if you don’t like the preset options. For lighter options they have salads, full and half orders available, as well as soup and their yummy chili in a cup or a bowl. Lastly, they have various desserts to include cream cheese pie, honey buns and cookies. Their coffee, juice and tea bar list is available at the restaurant due to availability and season.
You can’t go wrong with a choice on the menu. Everything is so fresh and delicious. When my husband and I went there last we ordered the Deli Lamb and created a sandwich with a cup of chili and a strawberry cream cheese pie. Here are my thoughts:
- Deli Lamb– Lamb, onions, cucumbers, lettuce, tomato, special sauce, on an egg roll. Served with dill pickle and kettle chips. If you love lamb, this is the sammich for you. My husband is one of those people. He loves lamb. The meat is tender, juicy and warm while all of the toppings are fresh and crisp. The bread is delicious and light but doesn’t fall apart on you. And the sauce pulls it all together. The only thing I have bad to say about this sandwich is I wanted more of the sauce! It was yummy. As a suggestion too, add the chips to the sammich for an additional crunch/saltiness. It’s good.
- Create your own sammich– Roast beef, provolone, lettuce, tomato, sprouts, mayo, and mustard, on an onion roll. Served with dill pickle and kettle chips. I like when I go to a sammich place and they toast my bread just right. You know where it’s toasted just enough to be crisp but not so much to where you are cutting the roof of your mouth? The deli has this down solid. I also appreciate when my meat is melted with my cheese but not so warm that it gets dry like jerky… We all know what I am talking about. Then somehow all of my produce is still fresh and crisp, with each bite I take. I love the pickle and chips too. Normally I HATE pickles. They are always squishy and limp. I like crisp and crunchy pickles. Here at the deli, I have never gotten one bad pickle. And the chips are always fresh and crunchy, never too salty or bland or greasy.
- The Chili– Hearty kettle cooked Chili. Served with sliced whole wheat sourdough. That’s what the description says on the menu, BUT I know that there are beans, ground beef, tomato and various spices that I won’t divulge because that is a secret that no one should ever tell… Chili is sacred. This chili was really good though. It was balanced and hearty. It had the right consistency, by which I mean it wasn’t watery and never got watery. There wasn’t too much of one thing or too little of something. It also was not too spicy. The bread that came with it was out of this world too! Oh man, I have never had wheat sourdough but this was DELICIOUS! Wheat and sourdough was never something I would have thought to put together. But they did and it was glorious.
- Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie– At first thought, I assumed this was a strawberry cheesecake. Now, normally, I don’t really care for cheesecake. They are too heavy for me. Which is why we opted to share this one, but if I had known of the little piece of heaven that was going to be presented to me I would have asked for two pieces. This is no cheese cake, people. This is more like an Italian cheese cake where there is meringue fluffiness folded into it and instead of the heavy normal crap we are used to you get this light, fluffy, creamy, dream filled piece of love. Oh Mylanta, this was so good. I could seriously go back for just this and be happy. Please get a piece, they have a plain option too if you can’t have or don’t like strawberries… Trust me on this one.
That was my adventure to The Yellow Deli. It was delicious, filling and its one of those places for me where I can eat there, get full and not feel bad about eating it. Which I like. I also like how you can move to outside or to the sitting area or really just stay at your table and talk. Great for date night. Sometimes I feel like there is so much to be said to you other half. Even if it is of no importance. Just having the ability to have the time to talk about nothing like you are still dating keeps the romance alive, I think… So check this place out. The Yellow Deli, it’s amazing. Until next time, have a very merry un-birthday to you!