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Readers' Choice: Favorite New Canaan Deli

Help us crown New Canaan's best sandwich-maker in this week's Readers' Choice contest.

The first deli sandwich I ever ordered up was a ham-and-swiss on rye, with lettuce, tomato, mustard and mayo, from on East Avenue with my dad when I was about seven or eight years old. (Great sandwich—I can still taste it.)

That was 30 years ago, when there was an Acro station just down the hill on East Avenue, and Merit Music across the street.

has changed a lot since then. I miss The Best Würst as I miss the Deli-Bake and the reuben sandwich from the old Deli on Elm, though other venerable sandwich shops have endured—including and of course —and New Canaan has added several more great options.

Given all those choices, I'm guessing this week's Readers' Choice on "Favorite Deli in New Canaan" will generate a lot of discussion, respectful debate and, most importantly, reviews and ratings in the New Canaan Patch business directory, so that all future readers can find feedback from local experts and neighbors as they research their next sandwich on-the-go or Super Bowl party fare.

Those ratings and reviews (to post one, just click on a link below), together with poll votes and comments in this thread, will help your New Canaan Patch editorial team declare a "Readers' Choice" winner in the deli category.

See our rules for more information (attached).

Thanks! Questions? Email me at michaeld@patch.com.

Here's your list (don't see your favorite deli here—let us know in the comments or via email and we'll add it!):

NCDad March 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Tony's is great. Terrific curry chicken salad, and their sandwiches are really good. I like the Joe Co., also the Cha-Cha Chicken. Plus they do a lot for the community and youth/student groups in general. It's the one Darien import on which I won't be placing a personal embargo.
Sheryl Shaker March 26, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I'm a fan of the deli counter at Walter Stewart's. They make a delicious chicken salad with cranberries and apples.
Michael Dinan (Editor) March 26, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Thanks, Sheryl! Stewart's has been added to the story & poll.
W. H. Taylor March 26, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Past a point, coldcuts are coldcuts. Tony's understands the importance (and $$ sense) of a good roll.
Justsayin March 27, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Tony's is fast and efficient.....with a smile. But the real secret is Monica Granito put them on the map by bringing in "cones" look a likes from Garden Catering.
Glen K Dunbar March 28, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I like Tony's too The people are terrific. Well, at least the people that WORK there are terrific. Food is great too My vote would be though overall VILLAGE MARKET in Wilton, CT Those are my kind of people. GLEN
Glen K Dunbar March 28, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I should also note Walter Stewart (I call it Wally's or Stewy) has a FANTASTIC delit and store over all. Their mac salad it heaven. I should also note the the people who work at Wally's for the most part are 95% nice. As for the people who go there and the customers there ??? Ummm. There are some nice ones, also some real stuck up ones who look down on me as many people in this town do GLEN
John March 28, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I was attempting to pull into Walter Stewart's yesterday but a LEXUS SUV was blocking the entrance and having a protracted conversation with somene in the parking lot. What SELF ABSORNED PIGS!
Glen K Dunbar March 28, 2012 at 08:36 PM
that is what I mean John. SOME of these people here are unreal. I will not longer be silent though.
Four Jacks March 28, 2012 at 08:49 PM
John, that behavior is par for the course around here. So many inconsiderate people. I can't imagine what it must be like to work in town and serve some of these customers. There is such a "me first" attitude in this town that didn't exist before all of the McMansions were built and fake rich people moved into town.
stella bella March 28, 2012 at 08:56 PM
and they make some of the best potato/egg salad around....also their baked chicken cutlets are wonderful---
stella bella March 28, 2012 at 08:58 PM
It's new money---old money does not behave in this manner---and most of these people are not from here originally---yeah, they're hicks.
Four Jacks March 28, 2012 at 09:16 PM
That's right Stella Bella, money can buy houses and cars, but it can't buy class or manners. I miss the old days...
Heywood Smith March 28, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Wow. Even a ham on rye survey becomes an exercise in self-flagellation. I think this town is full of the nicest, most gracious, friendly, considerate people. Yeah, maybe it can be a little "ost"(entatious) at times. But try spending time someplace else. I think there are some very hardworking people here, who deserve and appreciate their good fortune, don't take it for granted, and realize what a privilege it is to be in the position they are in. Try living someplace else, people can be very scrappy! You may miss good old NC!
Patrick Henry March 29, 2012 at 01:14 AM
I think the point is, people already miss good old NC...
stella bella March 29, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I don't take it for granted that I am in the position I am in. Thanks to my great grandparents of long ago who came to this country, worked smart and lived the American dream---and I have benefited from it and my children. Patrick is correct---it's about something lacking today in people---you see it all around you. Couples go out to dinner/lunch and they are constantly on the phone texting. Fail. Families go out to dinner and their children are on the phone or on some gizmo where the conversation at the table is none. Fail. As I mentioned above---this is all new money---and many , especially the women are here, do not appreciate their good fortune---for if they did, they would be better citizens, better women, and better mothers...This also includes some men. But as I woman I am speaking about what I see in regards to women. So yes, I do miss the mentality of long ago where children were taught a work ethic, where people actually communicated and ate at at the family table, where people with money were taught to behave better than the people that people with money today mock. Are there some great people in our area? Of course there are. And there will always be great people and the rest.
J Bauer March 29, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Everyone always seems to miss the good old days about everything, everywhere. Stop being overly nostalgic and overly sensitive and enjoy what we have in the present - which in my opinion is a wonderful town filled with largely (but not all) nice people. And, by the way, how out of touch are some of you? Stella and Jack are complaining about how self absorbed and flashy so many residents are in the same breath that they are discussing the merits of old money versus new money. Talk about hypocrites...
Hungry in NC April 02, 2012 at 01:01 AM
I just want to say that I have never liked Tony's deli. The first two times I got a sandwich on a roll the roll was so dried out it crumbled in my hands. Not to mention how much it costs! But, I like to give second ( and third) chances so I took my 11 year old in for some chili and it took 20 minutes to get a small chili with cheese warmed up and a bag of chips! All for the lovely price of $8.00. Personally I like Garelick and Herb the best. Very friendly people, great gourmet food and fast service! -hungry in NC
SUZI COVINO May 21, 2012 at 03:56 PM
not one deli offers GLUTEN FREE or dairy free options...so there are really no delis in our town for those of us with these allergies (and there are a lot of us)

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