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Why Local Delis Are Superior To Chain Sandwich Shops

Bonji Hot Takes: Volume 83


Welcome to another edition of Bonji's Hot Takes, where we serve up fresh and unconventional culinary ideas that are guaranteed to tickle your taste buds. We hope your week has been filled with success and happiness. The weekend is already near but we hope to offer some value before this week closes and you are enjoying the time off. Today, we wanted to touch on the massive chain sandwich shops that you see on every street. Now listen, I am 100% guilty of walking into Subway plenty of times in my life, specifically when I was in a rush or at college. However, after spending time back home and at work, I have grown extremely fond of the local deli. It may seem obvious, but there is truly nothing more delicious and interesting as local delis. They all have their own character and style, offering endless options. The quality is incredible compared to the chains, and local business is important! Overall, we are blessed in NJ with countless sandwich shops, but now, we are totally saying goodbye to the chains.

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Why You Should Avoid Chain Sandwich Shops & Hit The Local Deli

When it comes to satisfying your sandwich cravings, there's no shortage of options. Chain sandwich shops like Subway, Blimpie, and Jersey Mike's have their loyal following. But here's a hot take from Bonji Foods: supporting your local deli can be a game-changer for your taste buds and your community. Let's dive into why local delis, with their quality, creativity, and community charm, should be your go-to choice. 1. Unbeatable Quality: Local delis are known for their commitment to quality. From the bread they source to the fresh ingredients they use, you can taste the difference in every bite. Unlike mass-produced sandwiches at chain shops, local delis often focus on handcrafting each creation with care. The result? A sandwich that's not only delicious but made with the finest ingredients available. 2. Creative Customizations: Local delis aren't bound by corporate menus and standardized offerings. They thrive on creativity and customization. At your neighborhood deli, you're not limited to a predetermined list of toppings and condiments. Feel like adding avocado, jalapeños, and a special secret sauce to your turkey sandwich? No problem. Local delis are all about catering to your unique tastes. 3. Supporting Small Businesses: One of the most compelling reasons to choose a local deli is the opportunity to support small businesses within your community. These delis are often family-owned or operated by passionate individuals who pour their heart and soul into their craft. When you dine at a local deli, you're contributing to the success of your neighbors and strengthening the local economy. 4. Personalized Service: Walk into a local deli, and you'll likely be greeted with a warm smile and a friendly conversation. The personalized service at local delis creates a sense of connection that's hard to find at chain establishments. You're not just another customer; you're part of the deli's extended family. Each and every deli owner or worker brings their full personality to the table, with no filter. There's truly nothing I love more than walking into the deli and having the Italian workers screaming about what they are creating. 5. Community Charm: Local delis are often ingrained in the fabric of their neighborhoods. They become gathering spots, where locals come to enjoy great food and catch up with friends. The ambiance of a local deli, with its cozy seating and familiar faces, adds a unique charm that's hard to replicate in a corporate setting. While chain sandwich shops have their merits, there's a compelling case for choosing your local deli when you're in search of a memorable meal. From superior quality and creative freedom to the rewarding feeling of supporting a small business, local delis have much to offer. The next time you're in the mood for a sandwich, consider giving your neighborhood deli a try. Bonji Foods believes in the power of community and quality, and we're proud to stand behind the local delis that share these values. It's a hot take worth savoring!

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