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Supermarket Delis - What do you get?

mabziegurl Aug 25, 2006 11:46 PM

I'm talking about prepared foods. The only thing I have ever gotten was a rotisserie chicken from Ralphs once. Didn't think it was that great. I've been eyeing chicken salads at various supermarkets particularly Wild Oats.

  1. TexasToast Aug 25, 2006 11:58 PM

    I don't get much; maybe a sandwich platter or something. I don't get the cheese or the deli meat, or any of those pickles or ready salads . . . EXCEPT at Central Market!

    TT

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      hummy Aug 27, 2006 11:53 PM

      Central Market and Goode Co. BBQ -- the two things I miss about Texas. Any of their ready made stuff was great. I especially loved their black pepper & prosciutto bread. I haven't seen it anywhere else. Now that I'm back in the SF Bay Area, the made to order sandwiches from Safeway aren't too bad.

      1. re: hummy
        TexasToast Sep 5, 2006 09:10 AM

        Alcohol in Safeway is what I miss about CA!

        No TJ's where you are? But I'm sure there are independent places that serve the good stuff, right?

        TT

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      California Sunshine Aug 26, 2006 03:34 AM

      While their roasted chickens are quite good, we find that the salads in the Wild Oats market are incredibly under-seasoned.

      1. westsidegal Aug 27, 2006 05:04 AM

        at the gelsons deli they serve two salads that i like:
        one is called jessica's edamame salad and the other is called jessica's antioxidant salad.

        jessica is the gelson's nutritionist.

        1. The Ranger Aug 28, 2006 12:22 AM

          Usually salads: potato, egg and German, pesto pasta, sun-dried tomato pasta, Moroccan Rice (olives, sun-dried toms, lemon, brown rice), coleslaw.

          I also get SAAG's German bologne, German salame, Boar's Head Sausalito Turkey, and Black Forest ham in thin-sliced, 2-lb allotments.

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            Biggie Sep 5, 2006 03:11 PM

            I worked at a deli/prepared foods for over 3 years. It has really turned me off, now that I can't open up a fresh loaf of meat to slice.

            Potato salad, macaroni salad, and cole slaw all havea fairly quick turnover - anything else you order has been sitting there for 3-4 days and is just being turned into new dishes to look freshly-filled.

            We even used to add more mayo to any salads that had become too dried out.

            As far as prepared foods go, the sandwiches are usually prepared using meat/cheese ends that you can't get away slicing in front of the customer. All chicken, pork, etc. Is injected with a brine-like solution by the distributor so it stays moist. Most hot prepared food is timed-out so that it's ready by 10:30-11 AM and then by 4-4:30 PM, so it's freshest around that time.

            Don't even get me started on gourmet olive bar...

            1. Karl S Sep 5, 2006 03:23 PM

              Fried chicken. It's usually superior to the chains. Supermarket fried chicken is often the best thing for eating cold; it's usually cooked in a sealed pressurized deep fryer, and thus adheres much better than home-cooked. It's also often cooled down correctly so that the coating is not so soggy when chilled (the worst thing you can do to fried chicken is put a bunch of hot pieces together in a container to refrigerate...).

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                HollyDolly Sep 5, 2006 03:39 PM

                Well,I used to buy H.E.B.'s bowtie pasta salad,but they don't make it anymore. I buy like the roast chicken or brisket and potato salad or marinated veggie salad.

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