Bodo Bagels – Charlottesville, Virginia
After a brief freshen up at our temporary lodgings for the afternoon, we are recommended to try out Bodo Bagel’s by our friends who are living here. It’s a local chain and has quite a reputation. On the menu there is a big selection of ingredients and a wide variety of bagels to choose from. I opted for a poppy seed bagel with capicola and provolone.
I don’t normally go for bagels but I did enjoy this. The ingredients were tasty and the bagel was of a good quality, although the cheese left a bit to be desired. This was decent but I’m not sure if it deserves the reputation it seems to have. I’m sure there are many places in London and elsewhere that serve filled bagels that far surpass those at Bodo’s.
Market Street Market – Charlottesville, Virginia
It’s the day before our friend’s wedding, the reason for our trip to Charlottesville, and we decide to investigate the town centre with the intention of finding a top notch sandwich outlet. At the top of one side street we notice a market come deli. The menu in the window looked very appetising and we head to the back of the shop and place our orders – one corned beef on rye and one pastrami with Swiss cheese, accompanied by bottles of cream soda.
The pictures say it all, fresh, filling, top quality homemade ingredients and very good bread. The side of pickle is massive compared to the usual thin circles of gherkin were used to in the UK. Brilliant and a must if you happen to visit the area.
Tazza – Brooklyn, New York
An afternoons trip to walk around Brooklyn and we come across Tazza, a café come bar with a wide selection of Panini’s and cakes. I ordered a Brie and Apricot Ciabatta Panini coming in at $6.25. It was really good. A nice light afternoon snack and the taste of the brie lasted the rest of the afternoon, a good find.
Katz’s Deli – New York
Katz’s Deli has a place in Lonely Planet’s top 10 things to do in New York and naturally we thought it rude not to go. The guide says the servings are big enough to feed you for a week and true enough this statements wasn’t far wrong. A huge place and a rather unique way to order, on entering you are given what resembles a raffle ticket before you head over to one of many staff at the counter (A word of note, keep hold of your ticket. Your running total is written on the back and then this needs to be handed in at the counter when you leave. If you lose it, they will charge you over the top!). I ordered a Reuben and from within a steel slow cooker a huge brisket of beef is wrenched out. Little effort is needed to slice the beef, it simply crumbles away. I went for rye bread and the classic combination of sauerkraut, mayonnaise and Swiss cheese were duly added, together with a side of a whole gherkin. Further along the counter you can order pasta dishes desserts and beer, despite this I opt for a cream soda. Look at the pictures in awe, this was epic!
Yes, this does say $15.75 for a sandwich!
What an end to our sandwich exploration of the USA. A special mention must also be made to Café Habana (Enchiladas de Mole Poblano) and the amazing Great Jones Street Café (Jambalaya with corn bread) which both served some of the best food I’ve had. Check out their website here: