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Dec 3, 2008 08:32 AM

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

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

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    1. re: cheesecake17

      Not my city. In-laws city.

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


      1. re: Davwud

        The web site still has the normal menu.


        1. re: Davwud

          I have to give them an F as well.

      2. 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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        1. re: beachmouse

          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...

        2. 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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          1. re: rweater

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

          2. 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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            1. re: aynrandgirl

              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.

              1. re: Cameraman

                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. 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.