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Lunch Time...I'll Have A Sandwich.....

Updated on August 22, 2011

As I’m on line at a famous fast food sandwich shop and deciding which kind of bread to choose, I start day dreaming about all of the Mom and Pop deli’s that I’ve been to in my life. There really are hardly any of them by my neck of the woods anymore.

I remember the days of walking into a Mom and Pop deli, seeing the same friendly smiling faces working behind the counter. They give you a big, “Good Afternoon”, or “Hey! How are you?”, to greet you as you look over the great assortment of cold cuts and antipasta salads. “The usual?” they would ask. You feel so content knowing that you have this one on one relationship with the people handcrafting your delicious fresh turkey and cheese sandwich. But this sandwich romancing does come with a price. These sandwiches could cost you anywhere from 8 bucks and up. Not including a drink or chips. A sandwich with no chips is like a pail without its shovel in my book.

I snap out of my daydream as I am asked, “What would you like?” by the girl behind the counter. I suddenly find myself quickly spurting out my order, “Half whole wheat with turkey and cheese,… toasted”. I make sure that I hurry along while I place it, so not to annoy the seven people behind me. You know everyone is thinking the same thing while waiting on line, “Geesh, I hope that person only orders one sandwich, or I hope they don’t stand there staring at the menu for five minutes”. It’s somewhat a bit of pressure.

I am not knocking down these commercialized places, truly. They really are more economical than a traditional Mom and Pop deli. But there is just something robotic about it, like an assembly line. I guess this is why it is cheaper, and quicker. You don’t need to have a relationship with anyone behind the counter. Everyone is the same, you know, “What would you like?”, and the sandwiches taste just as good, well sometimes.

So the next time you do go to a typical Mom and Pop deli shop, just realize how great it is. The friendly staff behind the counter cutting up the cold cut slices for you, fresh from the cold cut slicer. You can ask Mom or Pop exactly what brand turkey they are serving you, and they know the name, where it came from, and how fresh it is. You have so many other choices for a side like macaroni salad, cold slaw, or just plain old juicy pickles, along with your bag of chips of course.


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      miccimom 5 years ago from U.S.A

      Thanks Olde Cashmere for the voted up! Hey, can I ask, what was your "usual"? I always get turkey, wholewheat, white american with L, T, & M........and a bag of chips of course!

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago

      Agreed with the nice bonds formed when becoming a regular. I had great times going to a little deli often a couple of years ago. It was right across the street from where I lived at the time. Great service and I did get the ''the usual?" after going there often. Great hub, voted up, and awesome :)

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      miccimom 5 years ago from U.S.A

      Yes I agree. I think this why people tend to eat more fast food because they have too much on their plate with stress and dont have the time to go grocery shop and cook healther foods. It amazes me when I take the time to cook healther how much money I save and I enjoy the smiles my kids give me at the dinner table!

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      masmasika 5 years ago

      very true miccimon. I used to see smiling faces in front of the counter a few years ago but now when i hop in a fast food place the faces i see are so stressed out. Perhaps because everybody is tired and stresses.

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      miccimom 6 years ago from U.S.A

      Thanks Movie Master!

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      We don't have a Mom & Pop deli here in the UK, but I know exactly the sort of place you mean, that kind of customer service makes you feel good! and we see it less and less these days.

      Great hub, thanks for sharing.