To subvert grumpy monarchs, angry medieval youths scrawled condiment graffiti such as "Fran Tanner has plague" or "the king is a jerk" inside their sandwiches. Dig beneath lettuce to bring history to light with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of sandwiches, salads, and more at Vista's Icebox Deli. This deal is only valid at the location on Oak Ridge Way.
Vista's Icebox Deli has stuffed fresh bread, pitas, and bellies with heaps of meat and veggie superlatives for more than three decades. Interrupt morning prank calls to crossword hotlines with a bagel and cream cheese ($1.50) or a fluffy egg sandwich ($3.45). Come lunchtime, the deli furnishes stomachs with its “finest sandwiches” ($4.25 for half, $6.95 for whole) including the Hero, which bookends its Genoa and Cotta salami, ham, and provolone slices with a luscious french roll. Meanwhile, sly sandwich sleuths can uncover the mystery of the Beefeater ($3.95 for half, $5.70 for whole), who was last seen wearing hot beef and slacks of jack cheese, and lugging a milk crate of Hall and Oates records. Or, carefully backhoe forkfuls of heaping salads, which include the classic caesar ($5.45) and the signature Postal adorned with turkey, jack cheese, avocado, and tomato ($5.70).
The expansive menu at Vista's Icebox contains more than 30 sandwiches, each assigned to one of four taste-oriented rankings. Beneath the “really good” status, customers find classics, such as tuna on wheat and egg salad, while the next level up—“better sandwiches”—offers BLTs and shrimp pitas. The shop’s “best sandwiches” list includes a club stacked with bacon, turkey, and ham, and at the top lies Vista’s “finest sandwiches”: Reubens, heros, and BLTs dressed up with avocado and crowned in laurel leaves.
A whiteboard relays the day’s handwritten specials, beneath which reads a list of hearty sides, such as coleslaw, potato salad, and tortellini pesto. The kitchen also churns out daily-made soups, breakfast burritos, egg sandwiches, and frozen yogurt.