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Veggie World Eastern European Deli - Newington, CT

shaogo | Jan 4, 201010:59 AM

How do these people do it?

This vegetable shop with Polish and other eastern-European specialties has been around for years in New Britain. About 2 years ago they installed a very ambitious full-service deli in the back of their store. I didn't think that it'd last, given their location.

Then they started offering huge, fresh sandwiches -- "foot-long" grinders, if you will -- for only $5. The most you can spend (on a "combination meat") sandwich is $6. And they throw in a free soda.

Now, their deli offerings are incredibly diverse. They have very good sharp, hard provolone from Sclafani for under $8 a pound (I've paid $14 a pound at D&D). They have an incredible variety of polish-style meats and cheeses, including two smoked cheese offerings that I'd never tried before but I keep going back to.

The olives are good, but avoid the pre-made, flavorless cole slaw, potato salad, etc.

The rest of the store is a combination of greengrocer/Polish specialty store. I never leave that place without picking yet another glass jar of pickled vegetable salad. There are so many to choose from I have yet to find one I really like.

Vegetables are usually in very good condition. The modest selection focuses on what's good and in-season. The prices are lower than what you'll spend in the supermarket.

'Hounds: set aside at least an hour to give this place a good look-see. For the specialty foods/ingredients alone you could spend an hour.

Warning: arrive one minute after 6:30 at night and you'll be told the deli's closed. They clean-up promptly at that time, even though they don't turn all the "open" signs/lights out until 7:00.

Veggie World Market
749 New Britain Avenue
Newington, CT 06111-4351
(860) 665-8288

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