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43rd St. Deli

43rd St. Deli

Deli opens for breakfast & lunch

43rddeliIt was great seeing the Deli opening for business this past weekend.  I have to admit that I called them first just to make sure they were accepting customer to eat inside like the old days.  So it was nice walking inside the restaurant and sitting at a table amidst other customers doing the same thing.

With a focus on breakfast and lunch this has always been a good place to stop for lunch.  They have always had a voluminous menu of favorite items.  More importantly for me is the 1 page of daily specials always appeared to be made made for me.

Summer Slam Tacos,  Betty's Bangin' Bagel, and the Banana & Walnut Vegan Pancakes highlighted the sheet of weekend specials then I saw the Smoked Shrimp Seashore at the bottom of the page that sounded very special. 



Three scrambled eggs, mixed with smoked Gouda cheese, roasted red peppers, portabella mushrooms, fresh spinach, topped with a homemade shrimp cake and a scoop of avocado. Oh my! $12.95.

It seemed like a lot of food and if I had a partner with me we could have easily shared this meal.  With an order of fruit and home fries this was a big plate of food.  I easily ate every bit of it.



I'm pretty sure I tasted all the flavors mentioned above individual bites with the flavors of the Shrimp Cake, Spinach, and Gouda Cheese stood out for me.  There were several; Diabetic no-nos her so I trid to n=make it some what better by adding a bowl of fruit instead of the grits.  Plus I only ate one slice of the Rye bread.

My Smoked Shrimp Seashore was masterfully crafted with all the elements of the entree strategically stacked high on my plate.  In fact it was a good chocie because this was a nice way to start this coming out of the  Corina-virus darkness.  That said there were other items on that menu that were certainly worth another visit.





Brunch, Film Fest news, highlights brunch/lunch

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

43DELItrish180I was smiling because Cinema Verde International Environmental Film Festival Director, and long time friend Trish Riley suggested a 43rd. St. Deli lunch/brunch across the street from Thornebrook Village. Amidst eggs, cheese, and sauces we could catch up on old news and share some excitement about the upcoming 10th year vweaion of the acclaimed CV film fest. "I am reviewing the last of the over 100 films submitted for our Feb 14 festival, and I can feel the excitement building for what I think will be the best festival yet," Said Gainesville's environmental film maven.

"We're going to party, celebrate this year like there is no tomorrow," Trish added with twinkle in her eye. You can FOLLOW THIS LINK for more Cinema Verde International Environmental Film Festival information.


The GLOB Master liked the idea of a brunch/lunch idea. I am finding breakfast is a close tie to lunch as my favorite meal for several reasons.

The two 43rd St. Delis have become iconic for breakfast/lunch outers with delicious traditional breakfast menu served all day. The voluminous menu has an array of choice that includes chicken-apple sausage, Cajun Andouille sausage, grilled pork chops, and a serious cut of 8 oz. steak.

The Deli has two identified veggie entrees in a tofu or tempeh stir fry consisting of Tofu or tempeh, broccoli, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, yellow squash, zucchini, carrots, and tomatoes sautéed with soy sauce and served with a biscuit or toast, ($9.50).

The second veggie entrée is an interesting sounding Black Bean Cake breakfast of two grilled black bean cakes topped with ranchero sauce, cheddar cheese, scallions, and diced tomato. The bean cakes are served with two eggs any style, grits, home fries, or hash browns, a biscuit or toast, and a side of sour cream, ($9.99)

43DELI2platesOf course this is a 'have it your way' deli and the 43rd St. cooking team will be more than happy to accommodate your brunch/lunch ideas with additions, deletions, and modification to satisfy your meatless objectives.

Be sure to check the restaurant link at the bottom of the page for a complete 43rd. St. Deli menu with a full breakfast menu with French Toast, 'Belly Busters,' breakfast wraps and sandwiches.

What I like about breakfast is Diabetically(?) speaking I can enjoy a lot of proteins with struggling over the good, and bad angels of all the wonderful potato, biscuits, and bread white carbs running loose in the Deli kitchen.

I find quiet time of breakfast, the newspaper, perhaps working on a writing assignment, is a special way to start the day.

I had two good ideas for lunch. Deli meatloaf was sounding like a really good Idea. However the Deli Denver Omelet with ham, bell pepper, onion, tomato, and cheddar cheese, (8.99) has become a GM favorite of mine. Speaking of substituting I omit the ham from my omelet feeling rather smart about adhering to meatless principles.



I love the Denver Omelet. Plus requesting a side of crispy, crunchy, spicy red salsa for my omelet to pump up the volume of the veggies in this protein only entrée makes the omelet quite tasty. The ingredients combine to create a savory four-part harmony of deliciousness. To reward me for avoiding all the carbohydrate angels I get myself a rye toast treat just because I can.



My lunch partner decided on the 43rd. St. Deli Popeye Eggs Benedict consisting of two poached eggs, sliced tomato, and sautéed spinach on a grilled English muffin topped with hollandaise ($9.50). Ms. Riley included a side of enticing Hash Browns as her side item. Looking at the just browned, crispy, creamy spuds I felt the 'card angles' sticking, and poking me in my ribs. Trish opted to change the English muffin to a sliced croissant for a $1 up charge and a spectacular looking brunch plate making me some what envious of her mid-day choices..

"What a yummy brunch," Trish said. " I could eat these eggs for my first meal every day." The deli Benedicts are served with served with your choice of grits, home fries, hash browns, or brown rice.

My Gosh GLOBers. What a great time. An excellent meal, great conversation, exciting Cinema Verde news and this Brunch/Lunch was a ten minute walk from my house.

I'm going back to the 43rd St. Deli.  Next time I will be in search of that 43rd,, St. Deli Meat Loaf Special.

43rdstdeliSFThe Pluses and Minuses of the 43rd St. Deli:

The 43rd St. Deli + indicators : Extensive menu of great lunch ideas. Speedy, attentive service.

The 43rd St. Deli -  indicators: Can get busy at the rush hour so plan accordingly

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'If it ain't something . . .'

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

43rdstdeliSFIt was a crappy Friday from the get go, even though I love Fridays. I was thinking that at 5:30 in the morning. I had too much fun the night before, and I overslept an hour. My computer was fighting me with all appearances it was going to win. I completed a great looking Weekend Events file loaded with images ready to import into the Daily GLOB template thinking I was close to finishing up early, getting the morning miseries behind me. Not so fast GLOB Master.. .

I used every work around I knew trying to get this digital file accepted by an uncooperative template. I spent at least 30 minutes and failed to get the file to import correctly. Nope. No success. It was apparent I was going to miss my deadline -- if I could even get the file to work. I threw my hands in the air.



I was sitting there spinning my wheels for nothing. I was 20 minutes from deadline and not even close to finishing. Roseanna Dana is correct, if it ain't somethin', it's somethin' else.


With that declaration, I put my shoes on and headed out to meet my pal, Jon Roosenraad, for our one hour Friday morning walk. I felt better after the exercise and decided I was going to stop at the Bagel Bakery for a late morning – late for me that is -- breakfast sandwich. But alas GLOBers. there was no BB breakfast.

BTUNCHrhpI have a rule – If there are five customers in line, I refuse to be number six. Quickly heading across the street to 43rd St. Deli, I was thinking the Denver Omelette would good, with no carbohydrates. Maybe that will right the Professional Eater's Foodie Starship I think to myself. Being immediately seated, I noticed the Deli's list of specials, including a two egg, chorizo sausage, bacon, home fries, onions, peppers, cheese platter with toast or biscuits.

Man, did that ever sound delicious. 'Diabetes be damned,' I thought to myself. I deserve this big-enough-for-two belly bomb.

The potatoes and gooey cheese were delightful. The texture of the spuds, with their hearty, chunky bites, stopped me in my tracks. I savored the potatoes slowly enjoying an almost forgotten taste sensation. I had not eaten any potatoes in over a year. The chorizo was spicy, the bacon smoky and they created a savory base on this perfect plate of brunch heaven.

This was when I decided there will be no checking my blood sugar this Friday.



Lunch stop's tout's variety, few surprises

By: Melissa Kahan, GLOB Correspondent

43rdstdeliSFI know I sound like a broken record, but if anyone has read my other restaurant write-ups it is evident I am head-over-heels for brunch. I love breakfast food, but a late morning/early afternoon brunch provides a more relaxed take on it. On the weekends, I love to take my lazy Sundays with a side of biscuits. For such a pleasurable dining experience, I have a few go-to spots in Hogtown, but I am always looking for new ones.

I have dined at the 43rd St. Deli off of Williston Rd. previously, and let's just say I was very dissatisfied by the experience. I had ordered standard breakfast fare, Challah bread French toast, and my dining companion got a cheeseburger and fries. The bread was not tasty, nor was it sliced thick like this dish is typically served. Also, it was clear that the blueberries had been frozen: They looked and tasted old. The burger was also very bland.

43rdstdeliDINERSI didn't want to write off the local breakfast/lunch spot without a second chance. I knew their second location at Millhopper provided a somewhat different atmosphere and food specials, so I used a precious Sunday brunch slot to see if the "deli" could redeem itself. First off, I say "deli" because it is certainly more of a diner, from the lengthy breakfast/lunch menu with large-portioned, greasy-spoon meals to the neon sign in the window and the large number of booths. The lunch menu does have some deli meat sandwiches, but 'm sticking with diner.


My friend visiting for the weekend, Sara, and I had our minds set on splitting a hearty breakfast to round out a rainy, yet busy weekend. Other brunch articles of mine have claimed the spuds or skillet dish to be my comfort breakfast food go-to, so I thought I would stick with that. This typically consists of breakfast potatoes beneath a layer of sautéed veggies and breakfast meats with cheese and eggs on top to round it out. At 43rd St. Deli, this is known as an "Extreme Buster." It wasn't too hard to land on the Country Buster, $8.99, complete with all of the good, stick-to-your-ribs ingredients I could find: peppers, bacon, sausage and a heaping mound of sausage gravy. Sara was drawn to the Escalante Pancake Special, $2.50. There is a complete menu at the restaurant link at the bottom of this page.

43rdstdeliTHREEderWhen I say the food came out three minutes after ordering, I am not exaggerating in the slightest. I have no idea how they produced both menu items cooked to completion and delivered to the table so quickly, but I am hoping it was just due to efficiency and not pre-made dishes. Regardless, the creamy sausage gravy was spread generously over the scrambled eggs and cheese, a heaping mound of chopped bacon, sausage, and green peppers resting atop a bed of hash browns (tried something different from the standard home fries) rounding out the very rich, savory dish. I'm not sure if it was the creaminess of the gravy or the large amount of breakfast meats mixed in, but it was hard to even finish half. The plate-sized pancake had just the right consistency and fluffiness, more frozen blueberries, and some crunchy granola tucked in here and there. It was pretty tasty as the sweet addition to the meal. As per usual, I inhaled the side biscuit.

After having dined at both locations, I feel secure, however, in my decision not to return. Perhaps it is because I am extremely partial to Peach Valley Café's Picker's Skillet and its sausage gravy or to Ivey's Spuds a la Grande, but I actually felt a little nauseous from the 43rd St. rendition. There is nothing wrong with offering many dining options, and I especially appreciate that they serve breakfast all day (we dined around 1:30 p.m.), but I don't have any desire to dine there again when I know there are better prepared menu items elsewhere for the same price.

The Pluses and Minuses of the 43rd St. Deli:

The 43rd St. Deli + indicators :  Extensive menu, breakfast all day, two locations, quick food-to-table time, friendly service

The 43rd St. Deli -  indicators:  Very standard food, did not settle well, seems to be partial to using a lot of frozen ingredients


I was near Thornebrook Village when I remembered I wanted to give the grilled cheese sandwich at 43rd St. Deli a try for a Meatless Monday lunch. And I'm glad I did, this is a very tasty GCS. This sliced toasted bread, harvarti cheese, tomato, and avocado wonder is a delicious buttery, crunchy, gooey lunch time delight. It's not on the lunch menu because it depends on the availability of the creamy avocado. Since it wasn't on the menu, I didn't realize the sandwich also included some very crisp and yummy bacon. Darn! So much for my Meatless Monday lunch. I'm sure you can order the sandwich without a meat protein.   My lunch order included a choice of a soup or salad. I was delighted with the many different veggies in my salad, but the parmesan cheese dressing made my salad special with an abundance of cheese flavor from the many tiny pieces of parmesan cheese. A quick check of the Deli's restaurant menu link below will tell you they have an extensive list of veggie and meatless lunch choices from tofu and tempeh sandwiches to a veggie quesadilla.

- Mike Sanford. GLOB Editor

Deli offers comfort food heaven on 43rd St.

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

I’m thinking comfort food as I head across town for lunch.

It must be my body seeking out  a baseline of normalcy. You know, my inner self is searching for those food staples where I don’t have to think about what kind of special sauce to include with an entree, or, if I’m eating flat bread, what would be the best 3 to 6 toppings. What exactly is Mongolian cuisine?

I am ready for a deli-belly burner.  A giant glob ( ! ? ) of mash potatoes, some serious southern-style greens, and a serious hunk of protein.

43rddeliLike magic my car was directing me toward the 43rd St Deli out on NW 43rd St. 

Having lived in Gainesville for a very long time, I have been a frequent visitor of this deli many times for both breakfast and lunch.  My son Bob went to school with 43rd. St. Deli owner Paul Cakmis’s son.  Long time pal, Gary Miller, owned a print shop a few doors down from the 43rd St. Deli. in the 90s.  

This place has extended a lot of roots into the Urban GLOB.

I’ve been to the 43rd St Deli enough times that I was already imagining a plate of mashed potatoes, a thick center cut pork chop and mixed greens being presented to me for lunch.

Walking into the brightly lit deli’s spacious dining area consisting of tables and booths, with busy servers scurrying about, brought a reassuring sense of comfort that I was where I needed to be.

This lunch visit was just what the eating professional ordered.  Taking the second bite of my mashed potatoes and creamy brown gravy my body released a giant sigh of contentment.  I’m not sure but I think I felt my blood pressure drop significantly.

43rsSTdeliDININGThe 43rd St. Deli on NW 43rd St., down from Tupelo's BBQ, is celebrating more than 26 years of serving breakfast and lunch to Gainesville. There won’t be a test today, however I’m betting you can find Deli fans in all four corners of the urban GLOB. Over the years there have been other 43rd St. Deli restaurants locations around Gainesville).

This lunch spot is an honest-to-goodness deli with a varied menu to prove its lineage.  Sure they have the burgers, sandwiches and salads found in every quick lunch stop, but with home style specials on  the daily menu board like pot roast, meat loaf, and pork chops you quickly recognize this is comfort food heaven.

The Deli draws a good breakfast crowd so it stays busy throughout the day.  The staff and crew of the 43 rd. St. Deli understand their mission of making customers happy.

I was right about this place being the answer to my lunch time angst.

When I am in the Millhopper area  at lunch time, the 43rd St. Deli is on my list of frequent stops. I’m just not sure how many deli belly burner lunches I can take in a week.  


There I sat looking at a spectacular plate of home cooked, comfort food, like my momma use to make. I spied the Open Face Pot Roast Daily Special on the door as I walked into the 43rd St. Deli behind the Zaxbys Fried Chicken on NW 43rd St. Pot roast is in a neck-and-neck tie with meat loaf as the GLOB Master's all time favorite red meat protein. Momma would have been proud to serve her son this plate of heart warming goodness. There were eight side choices available with the pot roast and potatoes on the Deli's menu, but I never got past the mustard greens on the list. The potatoes were excellently mashed. I go for the way the food industry makes a little scoop like indention in the spuds to contain the brown gravy. The pot roast was cooked perfectly, juicy, fork tender, screaming with home cooked flavors and nicely drenched with brown gravy. The Texas toast was a nice touch and collected much gravy and pieces of pot roast. The mustard greens were very good, sharp in flavor, cooked nicely but not over cooked.  The greens added remarkable, spicy flavor and complemented the gravy covered entrees. I wasn't brave enough to ask if I could get a scoop of ice cream with a brown gravy topping . . .

- Mike Sanford




I was prepared. I knew my early morning trek to breakfast was going to be one of the first cold early morning walks of many. I had checked the weather website, and it was 49 degrees outside my front door. Out came my blue jeans, long sleeve polo, plus a very warm and comfortable jacket. WHAT'S UP WITH THAT GLOBERS? I was experiencing a morning sustenance paradigm shift, I thought to myself. But I was dressed appropriately for my short walk to the NW 43rd St. Deli for a veggie omelet. I had had it several days ago also, but today I was planning to have the full plate breakfast my way. The 43rd St. Deli three-egg omelet is delicious, and according to Crystal, my very attentive server, the deli serves breakfast every day until 3:00 pm. A full menu of meatless opportunities, DIY all-veggie entrees, is available and would enable me to ignore my 'white carb blues,' that is, avoidance of potatoes, rice, flour, pasta, and sugar any way, any how because of diabetes. But that's Ok, it's all right GLOBers, Instead of a white carb side, I had salsa and sliced tomatoes with my omelette of fire-roasted red bell pepper, fresh spinach, and crumbled feta cheese. It was a delightfully tasty meal although the Deli chef makes his omelets a little on the dry side for my taste. My perfect omelet drips, melts, and 'glops'(?) nicely off my fork, so the salsa and Crystal's tomatoes helped the GLOB Master achieve a perfect three-egg harmony at 7 in the morning. FYI regarding the tune link above, Big Head Todd and the Monsters is one my five all time favorite rock & roll band names.

- GLOB Master


The Pluses and Minuses of the 43rd St. Deli:

The 43rd St. Deli + indicators :  Homestyle entrees served in an efficient friendly manner.

The 43rd St. Deli -  indicators:  The 43rd St. Deli has a new menu, confusing this old customer,  but has retained many of their standard dishes.

Offer your GLOB comments, lunch photographs and opinions about the 43rd St. Deli. Please identify your opinions with a PLUS SIGN (+) for positive comments, and a MINUS SIGN (-) for your negative comments. - THANKS!

Last modified onMonday, 18 May 2020 07:13

Additional Info

  • Phone Number: 352 373-5656
  • Address: 4401 NW 25th Pl., Gainesville, FL
  • Urban GLOB Location: Millhopper Area
  • Latitude: 29.6757472
  • Longitude: -82.3901353
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  • ARM
    ARM Friday, 25 April 2014 14:02 Comment Link

    If you're in the mood to have breakfast for lunch (as I do quite often), you can't go wrong with the "Carly" omelette or scramble at the 43rd St Deli. It's made with turkey, avocado, green onion and Navarro cheese. It's served with grits, hash browns, or home fries with biscuit or toast. The mixture of flavors is awesome. Breakfast is the best meal of the day, any time.

  • JRoosenraad
    JRoosenraad Tuesday, 05 October 2010 12:14 Comment Link

    One of my favorite places. But you didn’t mention that Paul graduated from the J college. Also you didn’t tell the readers if the pork chop was as good as your momma used to make.

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