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Last modified on August 21st, 2018 at 10:23 am
Stop getting cold cuts from the grocery store around the corner.
Tucson has a diverse cultural selection of Italian, kosher, Greek, and modern American delis. Each brings their unique style and offerings to the table.
Make them the go-to for cured meats, sausages, pickled vegetables, dips, bread, and more.
So whether you find yourself craving charcuterie, or a hearty, meaty sandwich, Tucson hosts the delis to satisfy that lunchtime appetite.
The family-owned shop is an incredible find for stocking your fridge with hand-butchered meats. The all-natural deli offers smoked, cured, and grilled meat, including a unique chipotle bourbon salami that owner Kent Koecheler makes by soaking peppers in bourbon before adding them to the meat.
The delectable sandwiches, several names after regular customers, are also worth trying. One is The Coach with grilled brisket, bacon, BBQ beef, pepper jack cheese, and spicy bourbon barbecue sauce.
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Thirty-year-old Sausage Deli is a no-frills, UA Wildcat-obsessed, sandwich place.
The popular Italian grinder The Famous comes complete with Genoa salami, pastrami, provolone, lettuce, tomato, bell peppers, onion, pepperoncini, oregano and Italian dressing. Salads and sides are made in-house to order.
For more information, visit sausagedeli.com.
Customers love this old-fashioned butcher shop because it’s honest and reliable. You’ll find plenty of difficult-to-find meats like the Ugly Steak, a type of lower sirloin that’s tender and great for grilling and frying that sells more than 100 each day.
Choose from the rib roasts, breakfast sausage, and pork chops, or for more exotic tastes, pick up some duck breast or camel. The butchers will even cut the meat how you like.
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Hot dogs … Get your hot dogs!
4th Avenue Deli offers a dozen hot dogs, including the popular Dirty White Boy with hot dog chili, bacon, shredded cheddar, onion, and mayo. Or the Chicago Dog with tomato, pickle spear, relish, onion, sport peppers, yellow mustard, and celery salt.
The deli is also known for its wide selection of Boar’s Head deli meat and cheeses, used in sandwiches with baked bread from local Viro’s Bakery.
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This is the only deli on our list that doubles as a music venue. It serves Chicken Latke Sandwiches and Bahn Mi by day and doles out tunes from musicians using the space to perform by night. With board games galore, this is the place to go if you want to enjoy a stellar Matzo Soup and also kick it with the homies.
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This neighborhood deli is the only completely kosher deli and market in Tucson.
The house-favorite pastrami sandwich uses steamed pastrami for a dry, smoky, slightly peppery taste that complements the rye bread for a hearty, savory lunch. Because it’s 100 percent kosher, Fifth Street Deli & Market maintains several regular customers.
For more information, visit kosherdelitucson.com.
Owners Olga and Alex opened European Market & Deli after moving to Tucson from Ukraine in 1989. And their Ukrainian heritage shows in their shop’s decoration of imported gifts and folk art.
But most impressive is their delicatessen selection including cabbage rolls, Russian borsch, and Greek gyros. Stock up on imported frozen offerings such as a potato and dill dumplings, or pork and beef dumplings. They also sell a variety of global cheeses from Greece, Russia, and Poland.
For more information, visit europeanmarketandeli.com.
Discover Italian foods you didn’t even know existed at Roma Imports like fennel seed taralli. Or keep tabs on the ones you love, like chicken cacciatore. Go for the roasted garlic alone, which is sweet and chewy and perfect on bread.
Tables are coated with red and white checkered tablecloths and Italian artwork lines the walls. A nearby “Roma Taverna” street sign hangs in the back of the dining area that will transport you to Italy.
For more information, visit romaimports.com.
Walking in, the aroma of marinara in the air has a way of preparing your taste buds for juicy Spaghetti with meatballs.
This New York-style deli offers homemade salads, imported pasta, and an assortment of handmade baked goods. They have affordable dinners such as Eggplant Parmigiana served with tossed salad, bread, and butter.
For more information, visit fortunatosdeli.com.
Tony’s Italian Deli is the place to go if you’re looking for enormous sandwiches. Try out the hot chicken parmesan sandwich or cold Italian special sandwich.
The menu also features colorful salads, spaghetti, pizza, and cannolis. They’ve been serving Italian dishes for more than 40 years and continue to bring the heat with their made-from-scratch homestyle recipes.
For more information, visit tonysitaliandelitucson.com.
The beloved Time Market, nestled between University Boulevard and Fourth Avenue, serves freshly baked bread daily, wood-fired pizzas, fresh salads and more.
Regulars appreciate this place for roasting their own quality sourced coffee and providing chocolate from different parts of the world.
For more information, visit timemarket.xyz.
Since changing ownership with Time Market, Rincon Market has expanded its grocery and welcomed a new chef who makes a selection of delicious sides like couscous salad and tortellini salad.
Sandwich favorites include the Tombstone with avocado, bacon, ranch, chicken breast, lettuce, and tomato on a wheat roll.
Check out the market’s selection of scratch-made baked goods like the chocolate orange ricotta tartlet or the sweet potato tea cake.
For more information, visit rinconmarket.com.
Johnny Gibson’s full-service market has been a downtown staple since opening its doors in 2015.
Along with the fresh produce, meats, and seafood, you can order house favorites like the Cubano sandwich from their kitchen. The Johnny Cubano combines ham and shredded pork shoulder with pickles, roasted jalapeños, spicy dijonnaise, and swiss cheese for a slightly spicy, hearty sandwich that’s melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
For more information, visit gibsonsmarket.com.