Mid East Special

The lunch bunch enjoys salads and sandwiches at Groucho’s Deli

By Kim Harding

The Lunch Bunch has been looking forward to returning to Groucho’s Deli.  It is one of our favorite spots to get together, and it turns out we weren’t the only ones.  The place was packed when we went last Friday.

Elizabeth took Patrick’s recommendation for the Mid East Special — a fat sub roll filled with lean pastrami, bologna, salami and cheese with an oil and vinegar dressing, served hot. Although it usually comes with Provolone cheese, Patrick suggested Muenster instead. Elizabeth, who frequents the Groucho’s in Charleston, also had to order a side of Formula “45” — their famous herb blend of spicy Russian and Thousand Island.

From the extensive salad menu, April chose My Wife’s Salad Bowl because it has a funny name, and our sever said it’s a popular item. The salad included healthy stuff like lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers, as well as piles of fresh ham, turkey, bacon and big chunks of diced cheese. Tossed with her choice of ranch dressing, this hearty salad made for a super tasty lunch.

I enjoyed the roast beef sandwich, which I dipped in the Formula “45” sauce.  It’s not typically served that way, but I just can’t pass up that amazing sauce.  Sometimes I even get it to go so that I can dunk my midnight snack in it!  In my opinion, that stuff is a must have.

Nikki tried the Low Fat Chicken Critter that comes with grilled marinated chicken breast covered with herb slaw and Formula 95 sauce on a soft, seeded roll. She said the sandwich was great, and she also really liked the side of grain mustard and pretzels.

For dessert, we all shared the salted caramel brownie with a pretzel crust, and it was an awesome way to end our meal.

Groucho’s Deli in Beaufort is located at 81 Sea Island Parkway, Beaufort, SC 29907. Call 843-524-4545 for takeout and catering or visit www.grouchos.com.  The original restaurant was started by Harold “Groucho” Miller in Columbia in 1941, and has been beloved by USC students and graduates for generations. The popularity of the specialty sandwiches, sauces, salads and original recipes led to the expansion of the store in recent years across S.C., Georgia and N.C., and local franchise owner Patrick Ragsdale said his is the 27th location.

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