Drugstore Deli in Byron is an excellent destination for sandwiches

awoolen@macon.comDecember 2, 2011 

BYRON -- Sara Jo McLean owns the Drugstore Deli, built inside an old, well, drugstore.

She also makes each of the items on the menu.

The floors are black-and-white tile and on the left of the establishment is the soda fountain machine. Too bad it doesn’t work, because I’ve always wanted to sit and have a soda pop in a 1950s diner.

McLean posts her menu on a chalkboard outside, but each day she has an array of sandwiches, two soups and a quiche available.

During my first visit, the little shop, which seats maybe 50 people, was booming.

Guests line up in front of the glass refrigerator and order either from the choices inside or one can have a sandwich freshly made.

Because there was only one person behind the counter that day, service was a little slow, but being in the quaint shop I didn’t mind.

Sandwich selections range from chicken and egg salad to turkey and cheddar to ham and swiss.

I had both the chicken salad as well as the turkey and cheddar. The cheddar was not something out of a plastic wrapper, this was hard, real cheddar cheese. The turkey was piled high inside two thick slices of dark bread with a large slice of lettuce.

I have tried the beef vegetable and the black bean soups and both were equally good.

The salad looked very good, however I didn’t try that on either day I went.

I have to admit I am a quiche fan, there’s something about eggs and pie crust that gets to me.

Through the glass, the quiche looked marvelous, but it lost some of its luster when it was microwaved to heat it up.

The bottom crust got a bit soggy and it was hot in some spots and warm in others.

It was Italian tomato flavored, which had just the right hint of Italian spices without being overpowering. They also have muffins and bread sometimes, which are both homemade.

Overall, I thought the Drugstore Deli was an excellent place to come for sandwiches and a bit of history in downtown Byron.

I would love to have some of McLean’s cooking when it is fresh, which can be arranged for special events.

The Drugstore Deli

Address: 100 W. Heritage Blvd. South, Byron

Phone: (478) 654-6037

Hours: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

Payment: Cash, credit

Smoking: No

Alcohol: No

Kids Menu: No

Noise Level: Low

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

Health Rating: 100

Price range: Up to $2

Rating: 2 1/2 stars

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