Seeing as it’s winter break and I have had some time off from work, I have found myself running “errands” during my free time. The other day, I was in the mood for trying somewhere new and thought of just the place. A small “deli” located at the intersection of S. Dale Mabry Hwy. and Henderson Blvd. On our many trips to grab froyo at Yogurtology, I noticed Mott and Hester Deli. Being from the up north, you can find a deli on EVERY corner. A typical deli in NY serves Boar’s Head Deli Meats and Cheeses along with the best bread you’ll NEVER find down in Tampa. My go to deli sandwich is a hot, chicken cutlet hero with lettuce, tomato and american cheese and a touch of mayo. Since I just came back from a trip up north, I thought I would change up my order and pick something different. After browsing the menu, I went for the Chicken Parm Sandwich. I figured I would go all out and choose something that is typically difficult to recreate from back at home. While waiting for my food, I took a seat at one of their tables inside and snapped a few shots of the old fashioned decor the deli had. I liked the idea of feeling like I was back in time while waiting for the food. Here are some of the pictures I took:
Once my food came, I hopped in the car and headed home. This was probably my only mistake. I should have eaten the sandwich at the deli when it was cooked because after it sat in the styrofoam platter on the ride home, the cheese that could have been cooked a little more seemed to not be quite as melted and delicious. Other than my decision to eat it at home, the sandwich was AWESOME! I couldn’t get over how perfect the cutlets were made. They were thinly slices and fried to a perfect crisp (exactly how mom makes them)! Also, I am not sure the bread they used, but it was like eating a fresh hero from a deli back at home. All in all, the food was great and I will DEFINITELY be making another stop at Mott and Hester Deli VERY soon!
Try the Italian Sausage Parm (sandwich or over pasta) with onions, peppers & a little red sauce if going for the sandwich.