Ryan's Red Box Deli
Chef Ryan Sarel honed his craft in kitchens all over Pennsylvania and Colorado—even doing a stint as the catering manager for the Denver Broncos—but never felt he'd "made a mark of his own" until founding Ryan's Red Box Deli. Drawing on Ryan's classical education from the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute's Le Cordon Bleu program, the deli builds formally excellent sandwiches while following environmentally conscious practices.
The deli stays earth-friendly by purchasing humanely raised meats and locally grown produce whenever possible, which helps Ryan to create sandwiches with garden-fresh flavors. He also donates his used oil to a local biofuel manufacturer, and exclusively stocks the deli with biodegradable utensils, packaging, and tables.
The deli's cherry-red counter and key-lime-green walls add vibrant splashes of color amid gleaming wood floors and polished wooden booths. Behind the counter, a pair of red-framed chalkboards lists the entire menu along with a brief lesson on the quadratic equation.