I have spent a lot of time in Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw, Inglewood and Ladera Heights this year, which means scoping out the neighborhood for food was crucial. The corner of Slauson and Overhill is poppin, and not just because of all the handsome, crystal loving, dread wearing men at Simply Wholesome. I digress. On my culinary exploration I came across Orleans & York Deli, a sandwich haven that immediately intrigued me with its name. This joint calls itself “A True American Delicatessen” and although it doesn’t appear to be a packed deli with your favorite meats, cheeses, and European chocolates, they are serving up A-1 sandwiches that offer classic flavors from New Orleans and New York under one roof. How beautiful of a food marriage is that?
Orleans & York had been on the top of my list for a minute so I dedicated one afternoon to drop in with a friend to grub and find out what they were all about. I had the pleasure of meeting the owner, a native New Yorker, who opened up his first deli in Pasadena back in the 80s. Not only can you spot him baking bread behind the counter, but his lovely daughter manages the register, keeping it a family affair. Heros and Po Boys, that’s their game and I was more than happy to play. We ordered up a Golden Fried Shrimp Po Boy served with lettuce, tomato and mayo from the Orleans side. As much as I was interested in sampling something from the NY hero selection, I could not ignore my love for the almighty muffaletta and ordered a O.G. Orlean Muffuletta packed with mortadella, salami, capocollo, swiss, provolone, and olive salad. Best decision I have made in awhile.
My po’ boy was a beaut, but dousing it with their homemade hot sauce took my sandwich where I needed it to go. The shrimp was fresh and battered oh so well, expertly laid across a New Orleans style baguette with a crisp crust and fluffy center. The real stand out – you must consider my history of loving Italian cold cuts – was the muffuletta. Originated by Italian immigrants in New Orleans, using Sicilian sesame bread, this sandwich has fought its way to my heart to be considered a top contender. All you would have to do is look at the photo to know there is something special there. Ordering this baby will not be an option, you have to. Come hungry because the sandwiches are HUGE and half is plenty for a girl like me. Added bonus? The pickles they throw in with your meal.
Orleans & York Deli, 4454 W Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043