Oregon delis range from old-school New York-style establishments to those that pack the perfect country picnic. Whatever your preference, the Beaver state has it. Following are 10 places Oregon deli enthusiasts shouldn't miss!
Close your eyes and you'll think you've been transported to one of New York City's iconic delicatessen. Enjoy the classic, hand-cut pastrami made on site, traditional boiled bagels, matzo ball soup, or a plate of their house-made pickles.
Whether you're seeking a quick breakfast or lunch option or a place to treat your family or a group of friends to a delicious, leisurely meal, Ashland Food Co-op's Deli is the place to go. It even has a grab-and-go section for those on the run. Everything is fresh, organic, and as locally sourced as possible. All meats and dairy are hormone-and-antibiotic-free.
Most items here are handcrafted from ingredients sourced from local farms. You'll find freshly-baked biscuits, cured meats, expertly fermented vegetables, and more delectable delights at Oregon Deli Company. It's the perfect place to savor creative soups and sandwiches, but if you're in a hurry, you can order your meal online to have it ready when you arrive.
You'll find Old World quality and that indefinable something that only happens at family businesses where techniques have been perfected for generations. The Edelweiss name has been synonymous with finely cured meats for decades. You'll also find rare, exquisite treats from Germany and other European countries here.
One of the new kids on the block as far as Oregon delis, Falling Sky gives you the best of both worlds by doing double duty as a brew pub. Want to save time? Order your meal or deli items online. Falling Sky also offers bike delivery and catering.
Started in the small kitchen of a failed deli in 1979, this Portland favorite is now so popular it's got four locations. One of the first delis to introduce Portland to fresh pasta, Elephants remains at the forefront of quality food trends. Don't live in Portland or too busy to visit the deli? No problem. Shop at their online store and have it delivered.
You'll never get lost trying to find Country Catering in Bend—just follow the aroma of the outdoor barbecue pits. Don't let its name fool you—although catering is the cornerstone of this business, it also has a thriving in-house deli featuring both indoor and outdoor seating.
Get your gourmet sandwich on at Sammich in Ashland. You'll find traditional Italian-style deli sandwiches, Pacific Northwest salmon sandwiches, and house-made pastrami in true Chicago style. Portions are ample here, so bring your best appetite or take half a sandwich home to savor later.
Taylor Street Ovens offers quality deli fare at affordable prices. A nonprofit organization, Taylor Street Ovens is staffed by those with mental and physical disabilities. It's a long time favorite of the Corvallis business and university lunch crowd.
Cozzie's offers another authentic taste of New York in Oregon. Like Eugene's Falling Sky, Salem's Cozzie's is a newcomer to the Oregon food scene, but their menu items date back to iconic 1920s delis in New York’s East Side. Roast beef, corned beef, and pastrami are all made in-house.