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New Deli in The Garland

In Knife & Fork on March 18, 2009 at 8:45 pm

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The Corner Store Deli and Espresso has been open for about a month, in the former Andy’s Teriyaki location inside the Price Rite on Garland and Post. It’s too bad the Price Rite isn’t a little more ambitious—it’s a great location and the store itself reminds us of neighborhood bodegas in cities on the East Coast: Crowded corner stores started by Puerto Rican and Dominican entrepreneurs in the 60s and 70s. They typically offer just enough of a selection for neighborhood residents to get by without hopping on the bus or hoofing it to a larger chain grocer. This one even offers a very limited assortment of fresh produce, although the bananas were a tad old and the tomatoes weren’t overly ripe.

Back to the deli: We stopped in the other day and picked up the special: Reuben on marbled rye with a cup of chicken-n-rice soup for $6.75. Definitely one of the better Reubens we’ve tried. And the soup was pretty good — homemade, white meat chicken, with fresh-cooked carrots, a nice addition. The menu also offers Black Angus beef burgers, hot and cold sandwiches, sodas, hot and iced tea, and coffee. We’ll have to go back and check out the espresso bar. They serve Boyds. Corner Store Deli and Espresso, 733 W. Garland Ave.; 509.327.1025. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free delivery on Garland between Howard and Monroe streets.

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