Jelly Belly Deli: the Food Destination you Haven’t Heard of

In my own opinion, eating foods at the same places can grow to be very unappealing to one’s appetite.  On the other hand, trying new restaurants could be worthwhile.

The first three years of college I chose to live on campus.  Whenever we grew tired of the food provided by the cafeteria, my friends and I would find food elsewhere.  We would order dominoes, Chinese food, and more often than not, we walk across the street to Campus Deli; at least before they started to deliver.

Living off-campus the past two years has exposed me to various appealing food establishments.  On the corner of Washington and High Street is Jelly Belly Deli.  According to Taylor Street resident Tashon Cromartie, “Jelly Belly doesn’t get the respect that it deserves. “

Cromartie may be right and suggests that the location is the cause of this hidden gem.  Senior Kyle Zeyher blames Jelly Belly’s location for its lack of existence to the Marist student.  “The common freshmen or sophomore would rather travel a short distance for their meals,” said Zeyher. “This makes places like McDonald’s, Campus Deli, and Red Fox Eatery ideal destinations.”

Like its popularity to the students on campus, the size of the deli is small.  There deli seats 24 people, where six tables are accompanied by four seats each.

The store influences the customers to engage in conversation. This at least, was the idea that I got from sitting in the deli for a couple of hours and observing the spontaneous activities.  Across from me sat two males speaking about last night’s Saints v. Cowboys game.

Here is some of what was said:

Person 1: Did you see the game last night?  It was worth staying up. Boy did they put it on them!

Person2: Nah bro. I was too busy resting my eyes…….Laughs……

A woman enters the deli with a smile and shouts “Hello Jelly Belly, Jelly Belly Deli.”  This woman, Linda Davies of Garden Street is an everyday customer of Jelly Belly whether her stop is for food, coffee, or the latest issue of the news. “Jelly Belly never gets my order wrong nor do I ever have a complaint about my order,” said Davies. “I always feel welcome coming here.”

Students who have previously eaten at Jelly Belly, as well as residents of the community are among those who frequently stop here for a bite to eat and are always welcomed with open arms according to Sophomore Nick Pittito.  When comparing Jelly Belly to other food establishments around the area, Pittito said “it’s the best.”

Well if something should be the best there tends, to be some interesting kick that makes this person, place, or thing stand out from the others.  Unlike other places, the Jelly Belly Deli doesn’t not except debit or credit cards; only cash.  There is an Atm located in the rear of the deli.

So what attracts the everyday customer? “If you’re looking for a hot meal, Jelly Belly has the right deal as cheesy as that may sound,” said Bill Nardic of Maple Street as he took a bite out of his steak, mashed potatoes, and corn platter.

The Jelly Belly Deli distributes meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner giving the customer a wide variety of choices.  Breakfast is broken up into two categories; platters and sandwiches.  The Belly stuffer at $4.99 is a platter that comes with three eggs, ham, and bacon.  Each platter is also served with a small coffee, toast and home fries.  The Jelly Belly is a Ham, bacon, and sausage sandwich served with two eggs, cheese, and hot peppers priced at $2.60.

For lunch and dinner, Jelly Belly offers a variety of hot and cold sandwiches, as well as fried platters.  The Robo Beefer headlines the hot sandwiches starting at $5.50.  Sliced steak with sautéed onions, mushrooms, and peppers covered in cheddar cheese.  At $5.00, the Po’Town Turkey is a tasty sandwich.  Its ingredients are turkey breast, crisp bacon, ages Swiss cheese, and coleslaw.  The Chicken Godfather is a fried platter that has been a customer favorite according to Nardic.  It is a fried chicken cutlet with red tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and bacon served on garlic bread.

Feeling less adventurous?  Make it simple.  Order a burger and fries.  This would also be a good choice no matter how common a dish it is. If you’ve never been to Jelly Belly Deli I suggest that you make it a mission to get a meal from the deli in the near foreseeable future.

Believe me you won’t be disappointed.

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