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Supermarket Delis - What do you get?

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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.

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  1. 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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    1. re: TexasToast

      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

        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

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

      1. 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. 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.

          1. 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. 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...).

              1. 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.