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Guide to San Diego's Best Delicatessens

Featuring DZ Akins, Milton's, City Deli and more

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When it comes to getting something to eat, the classic delicatessen is usually the best alternative to a sit-down restaurant meal or questionable fast food. Among other things, most delis, be they in Brooklyn or San Diego give customers plenty of bang for their buck - a lot of food for not a lot of cash. That's always a good thing, especially these days.

Those who believe delis are only good for pastrami sandwiches and hot dogs (not that there's anything wrong with those choices) would be surprised to find out that delis have evolved to the point where many shops serve unexpected items. This is definitely the case in San Diego. Here's a list of some of the best delicatessens around San Diego County:

Mona Lisa Italian Food: This small (and always crowded) space packs a huge wallop when it comes to product offerings. Sixteen deluxe deli sandwiches are on the menu, and while you're at it, peruse the vast array of Italian wines, cheeses, meats and pastas. 2061 India St. (619) 239-5367

Marketplace Deli: Folks rave about this place because of the quality ingredients and value, not to mention Balboa Park is across the street. The grilled deli sandwiches are a hit with customers. Pizza is on the menu as well. 2601 5th Ave. (619) 239-8361

Milton's Deli and Restaurant: Bigger isn't always better, but Milton's has been dishing out quality and quantity since 1995. Besides the usual deli fare, pizza can be had Friday-Sunday, and fresh baked goods and breakfast are also part of the fare. 2660 Via de la Valle. (858) 792-2225

D.Z. Akins: A New York-inspired deli in the College Area, DZA offers a whopping 134 sandwiches (some triple deckers), sundaes, shakes, malts, breakfast, chopped liver ... the list goes on. For those seeking something lighter, vegetarian choices are on the menu. 6930 Alvarado Road. (619) 265-0218

The Cheese Shop: Originally opening as a deli in La Jolla in 1972, the Cheese Shop has been a downtown mainstay since 1989. Among the hefty sandwich choices are the roasted pork loin and turkey jack avocado on sourdough. The Cheese Shop also serves breakfast and does deliver. 627 4th Ave. (619) 232-2303

Hungry Hank's Deli: A South Bay favorite for 30 years, Hungry Hank's goes beyond the standard deli fare by dishing out chicken and beef teriyaki rice bowls. Daily sandwich specials. Closed on Sunday. 866 3rd Ave. (619) 426-4499

The Place: Another kosher joint, The Place recently opened a La Jolla location. The menu is the same as the College Area spot, featuring deli and pita sandwiches, platters and salads. 6499 El Cajon Blvd. (619) 286-6499. 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla (858) 362-1353


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