Deli meats are shy creatures, shielding themselves from the chaos of everyday life by hiding under rye tarps lined with mayo and mustard. Take advantage of sliced social anxiety with today's Groupon: for $9, you get two sandwiches from Cardero Bottega (up to an $18 value), located in the West End.
Behind its auspicious storefront exterior, Cardero Bottega holds a haven of freshly made sandwiches, earning it the designation of "Best hidden-gem deli in the West End" from the Georgia Straight in 2009. Bite into the gem with two made-to-order sandwiches from Cardero Bottega's cache of bread-bordered goodness. The Jimmy the Greek ($7.50) beats the odds with olive tapenade, grilled artichoke, marinated peppers, lemon-pepper mayo, and feta, and the Parisienne ($7.50) lines its rues with rosemary ham, brie cheese, and Dijon mustard. Make your stomach an offer it can't refuse with the Fat Tony ($7.50), containing prosciutto cotto, prosciutto salami, provolone, Dijon mustard, and marinated peppers, or spice up mundane meatness with the Lafayette ($7.50), a stratified structure of garlic roast beef, balsamic onions, havarti, and Creole mustard. Cardero Bottega also slings hot sandwiches as well—the hot corned-beef sandwich ($8.75) and the reuben sandwich ($9) are each made with steamed corned beef from local minister of meat J. Beethoven.
Park your hovercraft on the sidewalk and step inside Cardero Bottega's deli for a quaint dine-in experience, or get the New York–style deli sandwiches for carry-out to ensure that the rocket launch isn't delayed.
Named the "Best hidden-gem deli in the West End" by the Georgia Straight, Cardero Bottega also earned positive write-ups from CTV's Coleen Christie and Vancouver magazine. Six Yelpers give it 4.5 stars, and 97 per cent of Urbanspooners like it.
- Located in a charming yellow-and-green heritage house, this tiny gem is packed with epicurean treasures ranging from Tanqueray-soaked olives to deli meats and cheese to fresh pastas. They also prepare the best made-to-order sandwiches around. – Georgia Straight
- I sampled the hot Reuben with steamed corned beef, sauerkraut and Russian dressing on rye bread. Warm, juicy and perfectly satisfying -- an experience made all the better knowing it was made with quality ingredients. – Coleen Christie, Coleen's Dish
- But it’s [proprietor Tim] Harris’s own creations that stand out: richly flavoured antipasti, olives dressed in pesto, and superb madeto-order sandwiches…like the Fat Tony—prosciutto cotto and prosciutto salami decked out with provolone and marinated peppers— or the Lafayette, with garlic roast beef, balsamic onions, Havarti, and tangy Creole mustard. Molto buono! – Vancouver
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