It’s no secret that we’re about more than freight here at FreightPros. Life is short and the shipping industry is messy, so we try not to drive ourselves crazy disputing a reclass, or avoiding shipping mistakes, etc. It’s also no secret that Austin is a foodie paradise of sorts, so we’re taking it upon ourselves to seek out some of the best culinary diversions this city has to offer, write about them, and post pics. Lots of pics. Today’s target is Little Deli. And don’t forget to read about Noble Sandwich on Burnet, and Stonehouse Wood Fire & Grill. Fall makes its way to Austin; slow and sure. The weather is a sparkling, beautiful, not-too-hot high 80s, and Christie Wright and I are going to Little Deli, a local favorite just north of Koenig/2222; a hidden gem in a lovely neighborhood. Christie and I have worked together for years at FreightPros, and this was not our first visit to Little Deli, however, something was a bit…off, from our previous visits. Our beloved picnic tables were nowhere to be found, replaced by little cafe tables and chairs. Now, I don’t have anything, personally speaking, against steel-framed cafe tables and chairs that are a bit flimsy. More power to them. However, when a local neighborhood joint suddenly pops up as, “a bit fancy,” it can make any well-to-do Austinite sweat. Luckily, all the commotion and decoration was for the filming of a TV show, and thereby only temporary. Wipe the sweat off your forehead. All is well in Little Deli land. Let’s talk about some food! First off, if it’s raining or cold, it might not be the best time to go to Little Deli. Feel free to order takeout, pick up a pizza or cup of soup, whatever, but if you’re planning on hanging out and enjoying the food dine-in style, best to make it a nice day (we live in Austin and those shouldn’t be too difficult to find). Inside seating is limited, but outside seating is plentiful. The trees, gazebo, and cozy feel of the place make it a joyous eating experience. If you’re one that feels the environment of a restaurant or cafe can enhance the quality of the food and the dining experience, then this is your kind of place. The Little Deli menu trends toward sandwiches and pizza, but don’t for a moment think that limits the experience. There are tons of pizzas, soups, sandwiches, and treats to choose from, and chances are you will not be disappointed with your selection. This afternoon, Christie chose a veggie sandwich served on a toasted kaiser roll with enough cheese and veggies to feed a small army. There were cheeses, onions, tomatoes, and roasted eggplant (among other things) and every single article busting out of that kaiser roll looked damn delicious. I went with a more traditional sandwich; the triple decker club on wheat. So much meat, cheese, bacon, and the works that you’ll need multiple napkins to complete the task at hand, not to mention a healthy appetite. You know it’s a good sandwich when toothpicks are required to keep it all together, and does the Little Deli Club have toothpicks? Oh, yes. Of course she does. Let’s start by saying that I finished half of this sandwich. I’m taking the rest home, but if you’re mixing it with a soup or salad, think twice before you go for the whole sandwich. It’s a mouthful; literally, figuratively, deliciously. Don’t be fooled by the casual air of the place, the paper cups and plates, because this is a serious place to get a sandwich. Simple is the name of the game, and they do a great job of mixing fresh tasting ingredients with old school favorite sandwich choices. Perhaps the most important part of a sandwich is the bread, and Little Deli doesn’t disappoint here either. The bread is fresh, never stale, and never takes away from the main course AKA the meat. This is a healthy, filling sandwich, and for my club the bread didn’t get in the way of it. I asked Christie how her Veggie was and there were nods of genuine happiness and encouragement. She replied that it was delicious, as always, but perhaps she should have added bacon. Bacon on a veggie sandwich? Sure, why not? Ironic and probably delicious. Bacon…mmmhhmmm. Moving on to the soup… Nothing adds to a great sandwich like a great soup and this is where Little Deli REALLY kills it. They have amazing soup. Some call me a soup-sucker, but I will not lie to you, Little Deli knows their soup. For real. They have an ever-changing selection of soups and slices, and you should try every one of them. Today both Christie and I opted for the Great Norther Bean & Ham soup (her favorite), and though it was exceptional, it was no Tomato Basil (my favorite). Check the soup calender and try them all. Do it! Do it now! Overall, Little Deli is an excellent choice for a soup and sandwich. It’s a local joint that feels local in the best possible way. The staff is super friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere and environment are familiar but homely, especially when the sun is shining. If you’re looking for a central-ish Austin place to get a good sandwich, check this place out. You won’t regret it. Little Deli is located at 7101-A Woodrow Ave, just north of Koenig. They’re open 11am-9pm Monday thru Saturday. Closed on Sundays.
Logan is a Content Marketing Associate at FreightPros in charge of social media and content creation. He has a writing degree from the University of Oklahoma, but lives life on the edge and resides in Longhorn country. He loves Murakami books, Tarantino movies, and Vonnegut books. Lots of books. One day he will own a dog, but first he'll have to get a yard.
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