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Face it: you could eat a sandwich anywhere. Nab one from you local grocery store, or make a quick ham and cheese from home. So what makes a deli special? The variety, the service, the freshness, and all the trimmings. Getting hungry? Stop by these fantastic DFW delis for a taste of something worth driving for.

1 Henk's European Deli and Black Forest Bakery

If you have a hankering for authentic deli-style craftsmanship, Henk's Deli and Black Forest Bakery is your best bet. This little eatery boasts a variety of German and Eastern European items, like grilled bratwursts, Hungarian chicken and corned beef sandwiches. Need something more than a little potato pancake with your lunch? Go for a full Henk's plate, and choose from homemade Wiener Schnitzel, Polish sausage or Kessler (smoked pork loin,) all with German potato salad and sauerkraut.

5811 Blackwell St, 214.987.9090,

2 eatZi's

Forget about stopping by eatZi's for a quick lunch break-- this uptown location is always crammed, particularly in the afternoon. Those in the know tend to order their hand-crafted salad or fresh sandwich made with hot Artesian bread ahead of time, and then skip the line and pick it up. It's no wonder this place is mob central: walking inside the doors takes you away to some Italian market, stocked with fresh meats, fruits and veggies, gourmet cheeses and world class wines. Try not to just think of it as your meal out, but your market for a great feast at home.

3403 Oak Lawn Ave, 214.526.1515,

3 The Corner Market

Snuggled right up against the guilty pleasure that is Society Bakery (giant cupcakes!) is The Corner Market. Part deli, part bakery, and part flower shop, TCM makes the hip crowd around Greenville Avenue very happy with their breakfast burritos and Mockingbird Turkey and Apple Sandwich- and those outside of the realm are catching on, too. The verdict: Your best option for: a good bite;  a cool crowd; and space for your Mac.

3426 Greenville Ave, 214.826.8282,

4 Breadwinners Cafe and Bakery

Another uptown favorite, Breadwinners has a lot of the deli must-haves: an assortment of fresh baked bread (naturally), awesome patio (open to the air in the center of the restaurant) and a great brunch menu (people are rumored to visit the Big D just for this Sunday treat.)

3301 McKinney Ave, 21.754.4940,

5 Jimmy's Food Store

Jimmy's Food Shop has been family owned and a local staple for almost 50 years, earning themselves the notorious position as the secret sandwich shop your coworkers refuse to tell you about. Nestled away on the east side of downtown, Jimmy's has the kindest, swiftest service, and the best selection of Italian meats and dishes (the brothers re-focused their efforts back to their roots in  1997.) Opt for the Portabella Tortilla Rollup for a healthy and scrumptious lunch.

4901 Bryan St, 214.823.6180,

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