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New York Deli in Columbia
Taste is personal, and sandwiches are super-personal. Just check the comments on prior Pita & Rye posts to see people split in their preferences for meat and bread.
But there are certainly some Howard County spots trying to put out exceptional sandwiches. They're selling food that I couldn't just assemble from the stuff that I can buy at the supermarket -- and that's important because I can get okay bread and pretty-good meats to pack in my own brown bag.
Pita & Rye has two angles that appeal to me -- falafel and special corned beef. As far as I know, no one else sells falafel sandwiches around here, and I'd love hot fried chick peas if they come with some flavorful salad and dressing.
I'd love great deli as well, although that is a matter of debate before you even eat the sandwich. Check those comments and listen to my friends. One guy loves the pickle. One guy hates the pickle. One guy says the bread is too soft. One guy says the bread is just right. Pita & Rye is going to make its own corned beef, which sounds cool. I'm hoping they'll lean towards the flavorful side -- breads that you can't get and mustard with more zest than your average yellow stuff.
I'd love to know where people recommend for a sandwich. These are my thoughts right now:
- Bon Fresco is the ideal. As I said, taste is personal so Bon Fresco goes the right way and serves consistently great sandwiches with a relatively small menu. Fresh-baked breads. High end Italian meats. Roasted vegetables. Potato salad. Big flavors like olive tapanade and an assertive mustard. Scan all the posts about the restaurant on Oakland Mills Parkway and then go try something delicious.
- New York Deli sells my kind of corned beef. It's not kosher, but it's packed with salty flavor and thick with the brittle shredding that reminds me of New York. They use a marbled rye that seems pretty unique around here. The Snowden River Parkway restaurant does a huge menu of sandwiches from gyros to cold cuts to ruebens. It's very reasonably priced. Personally, the bread and cold cuts at Bon Fresco makes it my place for an Italian sandwich. But the New York Deli can't be beat on the corned beef, and it's other stuff is certainly worth trying.\
- You should always look for the offbeat -- like the bulgogi panini at Riverside Coffee in Columbia. Or for restaurants that have great sandwiches on the menu -- like the Cuban at Cuba de Ayer in Burtonsville.
- The great hole remains bahn mi. They're so delicious, and it seems like something that would sell well.
Where do you go for sandwiches? I feel like people have talked up the Charter Deli in Columbia.
Pita & Rye's official opening will be at 10:45 am Sunday. There will be a ribbon-cutting, and you can dive into the deli or the falafel sandwiches.
Pita & Rye
8180D Maple Lawn Blvd.
Fulton, MD 20759
Near: This in the Maple Lawn development. It is just off Rte 216 just west of Rte 29.