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McAlistar's Deli....What Are They Doing??

Davwud Dec 3, 2008 08:32 AM

Hey Hounds.

So over the weekend Mrs. Sippi and I decided to go to McA's for lunch. I really like their Muffaletta so it was a good choice. Or, at least we thought.

One step in he door and Mrs. Sippi knew something was wrong. The menu was all wrong. I didn't see my muff. so I went up to a girl who looked like a manager and asked her about it.

She said that they were using a test menu. She said that the muff had been removed along with a whole pile of other options in an effort to "Streamline" it. The muff not being a big seller was removed. I can understand that.

But here's what I don't get. She told me that they no longer have salami or pastrami. Period. Nothing on the menu has those meats and as a result, they don't have them on hand.

IT"S A DELI. Or at least it calls itself a deli. How can you do it without those two meats??


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    cheesecake17 RE: Davwud Dec 3, 2008 11:09 AM

    When I think deli, I think pastrami. Maybe it's not a big seller in your city?

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      Davwud RE: cheesecake17 Dec 3, 2008 11:14 AM

      Not my city. In-laws city.

      It's a test menu they told me. I think they fail the test with flying colours.


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        FriendOfTheDevil RE: Davwud Dec 3, 2008 12:59 PM

        The web site still has the normal menu.


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          cheesecake17 RE: Davwud Dec 3, 2008 01:21 PM

          I have to give them an F as well.

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        beachmouse RE: Davwud Dec 3, 2008 01:00 PM

        I thought that a good amount of the point of McAlsiter's is that you could actually get a Reuben there, which is rare in a good number of places in the South.

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          Big Bad Voodoo Lou RE: beachmouse Dec 3, 2008 02:12 PM

          I used to enjoy McAllister's Deli in Gainesville, FL. They had great sweet tea and dependable sandwiches. Of course I usually ordered a muffaletta or a reuben. Oh well...

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          rweater RE: Davwud Dec 16, 2008 08:19 AM

          It's my impression that McAllister's is primarily a Southern U.S. chain, or at least it started out that way. When I've lived in the south those meats weren't all that common, so that might be why they've cut them out.

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            rweater RE: rweater Dec 16, 2008 10:46 AM

            Also, aren't those meats more expensive than the basics like turkey, ham or roast beef? It might be a cost-cutting measure.

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            aynrandgirl RE: Davwud Dec 17, 2008 05:21 AM

            I definitely love pastrami. I've never been to a McAlister's before, but it turns out they have one not too far from where I live. Do they serve a hot pastrami?

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              Cameraman RE: aynrandgirl Dec 17, 2008 09:34 AM

              They do in Cool Springs, TN and if I remember correctly the meat is better than the bread and the portion is not NY style. That said, I've had a lot worse.

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                Davwud RE: Cameraman Dec 17, 2008 09:57 AM

                Ya, McAlistar's is not great deli. But they make a pretty fine sandwich.

                I like the CS one. We stop in sometimes on the way home. A large sandwich will do us the rest of the trip.


            2. steakman55 RE: Davwud Dec 17, 2008 05:08 PM

              My son at UF in Gainesville loves the place, but says that I am the only person he has ever known who did not care for the place. Sandwiches are mediocre at best in my opinion.

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                Clarkafella RE: Davwud Dec 17, 2008 05:31 PM

                Our local McAllistar's has added panini to their menu- unfortunately, like all the other sandwiches there, too much bread, too little meat...

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                  GodfatherofLunch RE: Clarkafella Jan 29, 2009 06:24 AM

                  Lets just say it - Basically chains suck. McAllistar's sucks slightly less than most.
                  By changing up the menu it sounds like they are working on closing the gap.

                2. abbefaith RE: Davwud Jan 28, 2009 05:38 PM

                  i love their asiago cheese bisque. yummy!

                  1. Suzy Q RE: Davwud Jan 29, 2009 05:46 AM

                    The menu at our local McA's hasn't changed. I hope it doesn't!

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