Kicking It Old School in West Seattle

Front RegisterYesterday I had the pleasure of visiting the Husky Deli in the West Seattle Junction with a friend and her son. Full disclosure: I’ve been spending a LOT of time in West Seattle lately, and I’ve been loving every minute of it. For a longtime Ballard resident, West Seattle’s ample, free parking and relatively sleepy weekday atmosphere are a like a bracing breath of salty sea air.

Established in 1932, the Husky Deli is sort of an icon in the Junction. While the ice cream is wildly popular, especially in summer, the weekday lunch crowd is all about the sandwiches.

There are a lot of options here to build your own masterpiece. The deli counter is stocked with a mouth-watering array of fresh meats, cheeses, veggies and condiments. Someone here has carefully considered what makes a good sandwich combo, which I appreciate. Therefore you might find yourself drawn to one of the several cold offerings, or the many kinds of grilled panini. The best news is that with the option to get a half sandwich, you can feel free to mix and match.

To try something novel, I went with the special of the day, which was a straightforward tuna salad with the genius addition of crunchy, spicy, Mama Lil’s marinated red peppers. To round out my sandwich experience, I opted for half a Turkish Delight, a flavor-packed combo of turkey, cream cheese and mango chutney. My friends opted for the Ultimate Grilled Cheese, which despite incorporating “green things” in the form of basil, was given a kid rating of ‘really good’. High praise indeed.

The atmosphere at Husky Deli is kind of weird and wonderful. Much like eating in an old-timey grocery store, they have a sandwich counter complete with bar stools where you can enjoy your lunch and maybe even get a little peace and quiet while you watch people bustling around the Junction.

My only complaint would be the slightly stressful ordering situation: where does the line start? why are there 20 people behind the counter but nobody’s taking anyone’s order?  After 80+ years in business, these are things I would expect they’ve had time to work out. Give me a system, and I’ll follow it. To the letter. I’ve been to the Soup Nazi, I know how lines work.

Either way, I know I’ll be visiting West Seattle soon and coming back to Husky Deli to try some more delicious combos.

Husky Deli & Catering
4721 California Avenue Southwest
Seattle, WA 98116

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