Monday, June 2, 2008

Deli-ghtful Dining

If you are looking for a place for a quick yet satisfying lunch, skip the fast food. Visit to Monroe's Downtown Square and the Garden Deli.

The Garden Deli is the perfect spot to grab a quick bite to eat. It takes no longer than the chain fast food joints, yet the food is a world apart. Sandwiches are made to order from fresh ingredients. I am big fan of the turkey with spinach and provolone on whole wheat. They also offer white buns, sourdough, french and croissants for bread choices. Get the sandwiches hot or cold, whatever trips your trigger. In the colder weather, they do a brisk business with their soups and baked potato lunches.

The Garden Deli moved to larger quarters a few years ago, and you will understand why if you stop in during lunch time or before downtown events like last year's Concerts on the Square. The line can stretch nearly to the door, but the crew behind the counter flies and orders are taken and filled quickly. The smiling woman with the strawberry bob behind the counter is the owner, so say hi and let her know you appreciate the quick, quality food.

After your lunch or if you are simply in the market for a treat, try the ice cream! Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream is a local product, made only hour away in Madison. Rich and creamy, it is a premium product that is worth the occasional indulgence. Waffle cone, cake cone, sugar cone or bowl? All are options. Pick some up, sit on the outdoor cafe tables or cross the road and sit on the grass under the shade trees on the courthouse yard. Spend some time talking and people watching while the kids run around.

Take a small break from your travels or from your day. The Garden Deli is worth the stop and lunching here will recharge you like no fast food burger ever will. You can find it at 1624 11th St, on the south side of Monroe's Downtown Square. It is a short drive from either Highway 69 or Highway 11/81, less than five minutes from either. Swing by; it is worth it.

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