Until yesterday, I had no idea that you could buy sandwiches at Stanley's. I just knew they had the absolute lowest prices on quality fresh produce that I've encountered here in Chicago. Last year, Stanley's added a small deli section past the organics. I usually only go in there to help myself to Jiminy Chips samples to bribe my two-year-old into letting me shop in peace. But this time I noticed that the deli ladies behind the counter will build you a sandwich if you want. Hungry and curious, I couldn't resist ordering one.
Presented with the opportunity to choose the meat, cheese, and bread for a sandwich from a real deli counter, I decided to go with the sandwich my grandpa used to make me as a kid when I visited him at his meat market. I don't often eat bologna anymore, but when I get a craving, this is the sandwich I make. Dietz & Watson bologna and Colby cheese were cut on the meat slicer and layered on multigrain Turano bread. The sandwich was dressed with lettuce, red onion, and tomato that were all cut on the slicer—just like my grandpa used to do. The whole thing was finished with a generous spread of mustard and mayonnaise. Since there was nowhere to eat in the store, I paired the sandwich with some more of the aforementioned Jiminy Chips and ate it off the trunk of my car. In retrospect, $5.99 was probably way too much to pay for a bologna sandwich, but this one more than hit the spot.
Stanley's Fresh Fruit & Vegetables
1558 N Elston Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 (map)