It was my friend Laura’s birthday and what better way to celebrate than get together for food and laughter? Her choice was Deli-Licious, a place I would never have found on my own, especially since it only operates between Monday and Friday and located in a strip mall in the business area of Huntington Beach.
I had heard about some of the food here and was excited to try the tomato soup, but on top of that, this little deli offers some wonderful sandwiches and salads for those who might want something other than the regular sandwiches offered every where else. If you want just the regular sammies they have those too, but it’s their specialty sammies which are a cut above the rest.
Taylor’s Famous French dip ($7.50) was housed in a hoagie roll with sliced roasted beef cooked in homemade au jus with provolone. I liked the beefy flavors and the side of au jus was perfect for those who love that extra bit of wetness to their sandwich.
I particularly liked Marge’s grilled Italian roma sub ($7.50), a hefty hoagie stuffed with sliced turkey, mortadella, salami, cappicola, pepperoncini, provolone and dressed with roma tomato, onions, pepperoncini and creamy Italian vinaigrette. This is one of the best Italian subs I’ve had in a long time!
Although the sub was my favorite, Sue’s chicken avocado caprese ($8.25) was not far behind. I liked the roasted chicken (instead of breaded and fried) with avocado and Roma tomatoes with fresh mozarella, basil chiffonade and delicious lemon caper mayo. The ciabatta roll it comes on is lovely, in fact, I wonder if they could make the sub on the ciabatta? This was the hands-down favorite of everyone.
What is more comforting than mac & cheese? Or chili mac? Assorted cheeses are combined with elbow macaroni and mixed in a rich creamy sauce topped with parmesan for mac and cheese, and while I like that a lot, I absolutely loved the chili mac. The same mac and cheese is topped with home made chili and sprinkled with cheese and onion.
If you are looking for something lighter but just as hearty and comforting, try the creamy tomato soup. Roasted Roma tomatoes and shallots are blended together with a splash of cream and sherry to give this a very homemade taste. These are offered in a cup ($3.75) or a bowl ($5.25), but beware, the portion here are very big so don’t over order. There is a different soup of the day offered and I have my eye on the Tuesday offering of wild mushroom bacon chowder.
The staff here are very friendly and everything is made to order. Even with our large group, everything arrived in a timely fashion and always with a smile. I would love to return again, but with friends in tow to try the rest of the menu we didn’t get around to.
Deli-Licious, 16582 Gothard Street, Unit K, Huntington Beach, CA 92647. Tel: 714-841-2435
*** Photography by Mahesh ***