High St. Deli is the other sandwich shop in SLO. High St. and Gus’s are constantly competing for the “best of” title in the New Times competition each year, and it’s always a toss up as to which one will come away with the title. Since we live right by it, Jeff and I have always been staunch Gus’s fans, but when my sister went to college here, she was a devout High St. fan. And like in our family, most people have their favorite and remain loyal to that one shop.
But, for the sake of the blog, I found myself in the High St. the other day for the first time in years. The name comes from the sandwich shop’s location–on High St. But, of course, they’ve embraced their namesake and offer discount sandwiches at $4.20 everyday–it is a college town after all!
I must admit, High St. makes a pretty darn good sandwich. Their specialty sandwiches are unique and flavorful, though a bit expensive at $8-$9 each. But, they use high quality local ingredients, so you’re really paying for what you get. This time, I decided to order one of their classic specialty sandwiches: the California Turkey–roasted turkey with melted pepperjack cheese, ortega chile, avocado, mayo, mustard, pickles, red onions ,tomatoes, and oil and vinegar on toasted sliced sourdough.
It was quite a sandwich–I’m definitely going to put ortega chiles on the next sandwich I make at home!
The deli also has deep local roots. According to their website,
Built in the 1930’s, and used by railroad workers and their families, High Street Market has become a historic landmark of SLO and a refreshing revival of what a good old fashioned, neighborhood market truly is. From the brightly colored 1940’s Eskimo Pie mural adorning the outside of the building, to the vintage interior full of tins and memorabilia from the first half of the century, High St. Deli gives modern meaning to old fashioned ideals.
Owned for 7 years by local Randy (Doobie) Coates, High St. Deli is tucked away just outside of downtown on the corner of High and Carmel Streets. Offering huge sandwiches, killer soups and salads from scratch, and homemade Doobie Snacks (an eat-your-heart-out cookie bar) if you visit the deli you’ll run into Doobie and his pleasant staff singing along to great music and chatting with a diverse, laidback, and loyal clientele. Boasting the best sandwiches in town and a 420 special (perfect for a late afternoon snack) once you experience High St. deli you’ll be hooked. In a world of chain restaurants and corporate commerce, High Street Deli and Market breathes fresh air into good down home cooking.
You can find more information about High St. Deli on their website here.
Where do you stand–High St. or Gus’s?