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Lodi deli merges American, Mediterranean cuisine

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Posted: Friday, March 28, 2008 10:00 pm

Next time you're in Downtown Lodi, drive down Sacramento Street and try Lodi's newest restaurant, Lodi Deli American: Fast Food and More. The diner-style eatery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Breakfast items include egg dishes, French toast, pancakes and cheese omelets.

For lunch or dinner, there are hamburgers, cheeseburgers and double hamburgers.

Sandwiches include breaded chicken sandwich, cod-fish sandwich and turkey.

For a side dish or appetizer, get red hot chicken wings, French fries, somosas or somosas chaat.

What sets Lodi Deli apart from other restaurants is its selection of Mediterranean dishes, including beef gyros, chicken kabob sandwiches and falafel sandwiches.

Owner Anwar Khan, who also owns restaurants in Pakistan, wanted to open a community restaurant in Lodi.

"He wanted it to be a universal restaurant," said manager Jamal Ahmad, who, with over 18 years in the restaurant industry, does everything from waiting tables to cooking.

Lodi Deli is a place where Lodi's Pakistani population can dine with the community. Because most restaurants do not serve food that is halal - similar to kosher - most Pakistani families don't eat out a lot. But at Lodi Deli American, Ahmad says there is no worry - all of the food is halal.

At Lodi Deli, eating out with a big family is also easier because of the low prices. Breakfast dishes are $3.99. Burgers and fries range from $3.99 to $5.99. Falafel sandwiches, chicken kabob sandwiches and gyros each cost under $5.

Lodi Deli American manager Jamal Ahmad poses with owner Anwar Khan. (Lauren Nelson/News-Sentinel)

What: Lodi Deli American: Fast Food and More
Where: 107 N. Sacramento St.
Specialties: American-style breakfast, hamburgers, sandwiches and gyros
Information: 367-1010

The gyro with French fries is a tasty Mediterranean meal available at the new Lodi American Deli on Sacramento Street. (Lauren Nelson/News-Sentinel)

Humus basics garbonzo beans chickpeas lemon sesame seed oil olive oil salt garlic
Gradually add ingredients until it reaches desired consistency and taste.
Source: Jamal Ahmad, Lodi Deli American

Sit down at a booth and enjoy music from around the world, or call in your order if you want to pick it up.

The gyros are made the traditional way. Beef and lamb is roasted on a gyro-cooking machine that resembles a vertical rotisserie. To make a gyro, Ahmad shaves the outer glazed layer of meat and chops it into strips. He then fills a pita-like bread with meat, a cucumber and cilantro salad and chili pepper.

There are also daily specials, such as the shami burger. It's not your average burger. It is minced beef mixed with spices and onions.

Whether you order an a big breakfast with eggs and potatoes, a large order of fries and a double burger, or an order of somosa homemade by Khan's family, there is definitely something for everyone in Lodi.

Contact Lodi Living editor Lauren Nelson at



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