Friday, July 30, 2010

THE DELI - Puerto Vallarta

The Deli is a small, bright friendly eatery in Zona Romantica, the older, charming Puerto Vallarta, on v. Carranza. Zona Romantica (aka Los Muertos) is Vallarta's most energized area with the south side beach, restaurants, bars, lounges and beach side cafes. The Deli has window counter seating for 4 and table seating for 12. The space seems larger than it is with its high ceilings and soft orange sponge-rubbed walls. The air conditioning was a welcomed relief from the very warm weather.

The short menu offers 7 basic sandwiches on
focaccia, whole wheat & panini and 7 chilled salads. I realize it is low season but they were preparing only 5 of the 7 sandwiches on the menu board. I ordered the roast beef on whole wheat; my 2 bread spread options were mayo and dijon plus the usual condiments of tomato, onion and lettuce. No yellow mustard, no horseradish for the beef, no peperoncinis were to be found in this deli. The roast beef was extremely rare - far too bloody and fatty to eat. I removed the beef leaving me a thin "veggie" sandwich for lunch. This may be why they sold more coffee beverages than sandwiches during my 30+ minute visit.

There is a side cooler with a nice selection of salad dressings, sausages, dips and a small selection of baked goods making it convenient to grab these essentials and go.

It's unfortunate The Deli is not what you would expect to find given the name. The option of a great sandwich shop in Zona Romatica would be a welcomed addition.


The Deli





$ 10

$$ 20

$$$ 30

$$$$ 40+


+ Stop bothering me!

++ Anyone here?

+++ Stopped when in the area.

++++ As needed and friendly.

+++++ Invisibly perfect!


& “One visit too many!”

&& “Convince me!”

&&& “I’ll be back!”

&&&& “Same table next week!”