Our favorite deli sides and salads

The Fourth of Julyis coming in just a few days. It conjures up images of grilling burgers and dogs, beers on the lawn, and very loud fireworks. There is also the whole Declaration of Independence thing, but we can remember that best by our own personal pursuits of happiness, that is barbecues included, of course. Barbecues, however, have very little need for sandwiches, besides the pulled pork sandwich and the two slices of white bread they give you at barbecue places. Luckily, there are the side dishes, many of which are common between delis and BBQs. Potato salads, macaroni and other pasta salads, various cabbage slaws, and even potato chips.

So, what is the skinny on these fab deli sides? Potato salad can come mayo or mustard based, sometimes in Austria people will dress their potato salad with just oil and vinegar and a few herbs and spices. Macaroni salad is usually made with mayo and finely chopped veggies, but it really is only a small member of the larger pasta salad family. Coleslaws are usually made from either red or green cabbage with mayo or vinegar, and sometimes both. I think potato chips don’t need an explanation; they are thin, salty, crispy. Everyone knows potato chips, am I wrong to assume that?

Catering sides and salads

Everyone has their favorite when it comes to deli sides. My favorite is potato salad with lots of hard-boiled egg and celery with a mix of both mayo and mustard. I like when potato salad is made with whole grain mustard, since you get those bites with the whole mustard seed, and they pop with an explosion of complex flavor. My second choice wouldn’t be macaroni salad, but a good Mediterranean pasta salad, loaded with fresh parsley, salami, olives, and feta cheese. However, if the macaroni salad served with a Hawaiian Plate Lunch were on the table, I would place that snugly in second place also. Potato chips are in third place. They’re good. I like them. They are crispy, crunchy, salty, full of flavor, but they are everyday foods. I can just walk for a few minutes to the corner store to pick up four bags right now, and then: boom- no more potato chip craving. Potato salad, macaroni salad, you have these during a barbecue or picnic. Sure, you can make and eat potato salad whenever you want, but really there is a time and a place where certain foods shine, and the picnic/barbecue is potato salad’s time and place.

Fourth is coleslaw, and that is only because I don’t have a lower ranking to give it. Never liked relish and never liked coleslaw; they are both way too sweet for me to eat alongside a savory lunch. Cabbage slaws can have their place, like on a Louisiana Po Boy, but that technically is just shredded cabbage with some mayo on it. Red cabbage slaws can be good if dressed with just some oil and vinegar, maybe a little honey or sugar to round everything out. Well, there is a little impromptu listing of my own personal deli side power ranking. Potato salad is definitely my pick for favorite, well picnic side really, which is a far cry from a barbecue in so far as what the main food is, but honestly, it doesn’t matter how you enjoy them, since the real focus is being together with friends and family to celebrate your time together. But not around coleslaw.

Local Deli Catering: The Skinny Version

Local Deli CateringObviously, we love sandwiches and Local Deli Catering. Freshly baked bread with still crackling bacon, fresh veggies and some ranch dressing? Yes please. The sandwich (its been around for a while now) feels quintessentially American. The customizability, mouth-to-size ratio, and overall deliciousness all help define the sandwich as real homemade food. Yes, were a bit crazy about our food.

Just a little.

We get asked about Local Deli Catering all the time. What do we offer, how quickly can we deliver, can we color coordinate with the Bridesmaids dresses, etc. The fact is we LOVE catering. Like head over heels “yes please” kind of love! Most of the time when you contact a caterer, they need a huge time notice, and really stress all the details of how/where to put their food. They need heat elements, electrical wires, and -fill in the blank- stuff. In a nutshell, the catering element of your event creates additional stress as you now have to manage what they are supposed to be doing behind the scenes!

It sucks.

Local Deli Cateringwith Local Deli catering, we really strive to make the event about what is important! Our food will arrive, immensely tasty, (just ask our Facebook fans) and ready to go. No need to worry about electrical wires or heat, it will be ready to go! If you have your own special glass plate you NEED to use, no worries! We will happily get your tasty sandwiches on there! Rather not worry about the materials? We have you covered again! We strive to make catering EASY.

All of us at The Local Deli love to party (par-tay between friends. More music, food and drinking then your average “party.” Come to a First Friday if your interested in learning how to par-tay). Events planning should be about the fun connecting with friends! At your next event, give The Local Deli a shot at your catering. Shelley and Emily love picking food choices and matching doilies to protein types (PRO TIP: everything goes great with bacon). Next time you have a family get together, party to plan, or wedding food to get without breaking the bank, let The Local Deli Catering team help you out! With our help, you might even have time to enjoy your event as a visible hostess!

Talk soon, and Par-tay on!

~The Local Deli Team

welcome to our blog

Welcome to our Blog!

Welcome to our Blog!

welcome to our blog

Welcome to our blog! Like our grand opening, we are excited to start communicating our company mission through our blog. We will also include give aways, helpful advice, catering information, and local events info! In this first post, we want to give you a little local deli lore! Several years ago our owner Shelly was the manager/franchisee of Caruso’s Deli in Hayden. Rather then change the menu to include pizza, she decided to focus on her delicious deli sandwiches. Years later (AKA the present) we offer a whole plethora of delicious soups, sides, and sandwiches, all with The Local Deli personal touches!

Moving forward, we are super excited to be opening our next restaurant in Rathdrum! It is a direct growth from the amazing support we have had from our Hayden customers!

So what is The Local Deli About? I mean, obviously we love tasty food, however what is our real mission? The Local Deli loves our employees. Creating jobs (especially in our current economy) is a real part of Shelly’s vision for The Local Deli locations. Helping out local families with stable reliable work brings us great pride, and we love seeing locals succeed! We are also about our community! The Local Deli supports tons of local organizations and fund raisers by providing great catering options for events and get togethers! Shelly deeply believes in giving back, and it shows in our commitment to the community!

We plan to start regular blogging so make sure and check back! Who knows, we might do a few killer give aways! If you have a question for us, or would like the Deli’s thoughts on current events, don’t feel afraid to email us! We don’t bite and love to hear from our great customers! Thanks for listening and we look forward to your feedback in the near future! Talk again soon!

~The Local Deli Team