By Bethany Erb

Whoosh. The electric doors open, ushering me into the bustling Angwin Market. Past the crisp scent of fresh lettuce and the cloying odor of ripe bananas, the distant aroma of hot mashed potatoes, crisp russet hash, and roasted Brussel sprouts is hard to ignore. Mmmmm.

I let my nose take the lead, as it guides me past the produce section and cash registers until I face the entree station at the new Angwin Deli.

Surrounded by eager customers, the hot station’s mashed potatoes are going fast. An elderly man brushes past me, intent on snagging one of the crisp fried-egg and faux-meat options next to the disappearing potatoes. A small girl reaches up on tip-toe to reach the tempting chocolate-chip cookies near the register.

If the enthusiastic customers near me are any indication, Angwin Deli is not going anywhere fast.

If you haven’t heard of Angwin Deli yet, it’s not a huge surprise.

Opening on Monday, November 6, the deli is still in its infancy, but it already boasts an enthusiastic customer base from the community. After the Thanksgiving lull, however, its sales are really taking off.

Sitting down with Allen Plouffe, general manager of Bon Appetite dining services at PUC, I asked him some questions about the deli and what it offers for PUC faculty and students.

Q: Why was the deli started? A: We wanted to offer a new avenue for PUC students and faculty to have dining choices beyond what is currently available.

Q: Angwin Deli serves vegetarian items in addition to non-veggie items such as turkey and chicken (and various other sandwich meats. Pork and crustacean offerings are not avail-able). What’s the feedback been so far? A: Choosing to serve nonvegetarian items has received some push-back from community members, but honestly, there’s been a lot of support. Lots of people come in and say: ‘Wow, I never thought I’d see the day,’ and they’re smiling and cheering us on. As a whole, the Angwin community really appreciates the variety. It’s important to remember that over 50 percent of our items are vegetarian/vegan, and we’re working to ensure no one is limited or restricted based on their beliefs and lifestyle. No matter what you eat, you should be able to find something here.

Q: What’s the most popular option so far? A: Oh, man, that’s a hard one. Probably the custom-made sandwiches, they’re really easy to just grab-and-go. Our chicken-strips are also popular, there’s something about them that appeals to everyone…it’s a throwback food, you know? Takes you back to being a kid again.

Q: What will PUC students and faculty find at Angwin Deli? A: Angwin Deli is great if you’re looking for something fresh and homemade. We’ve got a full sandwich bar, fruit and yogurt parfait station, salad bar, soup station, hot entree line (open from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.), pastries, and even fresh burritos for a grab-and-go option. We also just set up a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine. It’s an app-driven customizable soda station. With caffeine-free, sugarfree, and original options, it’s easy to get just the right amount of lemon, lime, or whatever other flavors you prefer in your soda. It’s pretty cool...not many people know what it can do yet. Everything is prepared on-site, too. If you taste something yummy, we probably whipped it up in the back kitchen that morning. That’s pretty special.” After stopping by Angwin Deli three times, I have to agree with Allen Plouffe. They really do cater to hungry college students and busy faculty members, and their prices are reasonable if you’re on a budget. The service is friendly, the food is usually tasty and well-seasoned, and it’s only a short walk from campus (bonus: burn more calories, eat more calories!) Don’t take my word for it!

Here are a few reviews from PUC students:

Stephanie Arreola says: I liked my experience at the Angwin Deli because the workers were friendly and the food there is pretty good. It’s nice to have a place where I can have a sandwich with actual meat in it.

And Angel Videna notes: I had a great experience at the deli! The sandwiches were realllyyyyy good. The service was good. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a quick meal.

So there you have it.

If the cafeteria menu isn’t looking so appealing, the line at The Grind is out the door, or you just need a breath of fresh air, taking the walk down to Angwin Deli might be worth it.
Let us know what you think!

The Angwin Deli is Open Sun. – Thurs., 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.