A Neighborhood Deli - Elena's Deli

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My family has lived in Waldorf for nearly four years and until recently, have been disappointed by the lack of local delis and restaurants. As a family who enjoys eating out, we get tired of chain restaurants. Imagine my surprise and excitement when I spotted the sign for a deli, as I drove by Shoppers World Plaza off Crain Highway one day. Not soon after, I visited Elena's Deli during a much-needed shopping break.

Upon entering the deli, I was greeted immediately with a warm smile and handed a menu. One of the owners, Jerry Elliott, welcomed me and encouraged me to ask him if I had any questions about the menu. Since I was in a rush to finish up my long list of errands, I ordered a BLT, ate my food quickly and hurried out. The following weekend, I brought my family on a Saturday afternoon. We were warmly greeted as we approached the corner and browsed the menu.

I was pleasantly surprised that the deli has a kids menu, which includes peanut butter and jelly and hot dogs. My husband and I quickly ordered our food and sat down at one of the tables. As we waited for our food, Elena Montenegro, the other owner, greeted us with her amazing homemade cookies. The deli serves at least three to four different desserts daily, including Elena's famous Whipped Cream Pound Cake and magic cookie bars. They also serve cake pops made by a local vendor.

Our food arrived quickly and was delicious. This time I tried the honey mustard turkey and cheese panini and I was not disappointed. My husband enjoyed the reuben, which is one of Elena's most popular sandwiches. Once we finished our sandwiches, we treated the boys to cake pops and cookies, because how can you resist?

Last week I visited Elena's on my lunch break because I was just too lazy to pack my lunch. The customer service was amazing - they were very knowledgable about the menu and helpful in making suggestions. After debating on what to order for a few minutes, I decided to try the steak and cheese panini on a ciabatta roll and a magic cookie bar. I believe the true test to a good deli is the take home factor- will the sandwich be just as good at the office as it is in store? Will the bread hold up or will it be a soggy mess?

When I got back to my office I eagerly opened my sandwich and bit into it. I was happy to find that the integrity of the bread lasted through the car ride. The sandwich itself was delicious - the steak was well seasoned and the bread was crusty, yet not too hard. Overall, my family is extremely happy we now have a deli to call home, just minutes away from where we live.

If you love a good sandwich, be sure to visit Elena's Deli. They also serve a full breakfast, including breakfast sandwiches, belgium waffles, and corn beef hash. To learn more about the deli, 'Like' them on Facebook

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