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Belly up to your local deli

The deli is a classic American lunch stop, offering up pretty much anything you can imagine between two slices of bread. From basic sandwiches and steaming soups to pastas and pizzas, the area’s delis will keep you full whether you’re working hard or hardly working.

JECKYL AND HYDE DELI AND ALE709 W. Orchard Drive No. 1715-9100

Hours: Monday, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., closed Sunday.

Join local business workers for a bite of lunch at the deli. Manager Erika Barquist says the wood-fired pizzas and sandwiches are the most popular menu items. Try the Southwest, Greek or Reuben sandwiches or the Ionian, Sardinian or Pacific Islander pizzas. For a post-work treat, the deli offers a rotating selection of 10 beers on tap.

MILANO'S RESTAURANT & DELI9990 Mount Baker Highway, Glacier599-2863

Hours: Daily 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

For a mix of upscale dishes and deli classics, make the drive to Milano’s. Dishes such as seafood linguini and chicken fettuccini gorgonzola are popular among those with a fancier palate. Or try the eggplant parmesan sandwich for a lunchtime treat with an international twist.

AVENUE BREAD & DELI1313 Railroad Ave.676-9274

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., soon to open Sundays

1135 11th St.676-1809

Hours: Monday to Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

If hearty sandwiches on fresh-baked bread are the items to order, this is the spot. Owner Wendy Defreest recommends the grilled club and Reuben, or the all-natural turkey with pesto. For vegetarians, the roasted eggplant sandwich on focaccia bread is a tasty option. Buy a loaf of the popular rosemary bread to take home, or nibble on lemon bars or brownies.

BENSON'S COUNTRY MARKET & DELI2254 Douglas Road, Ferndale380-1962

Deli hours: Daily 6 a.m.-6 p.m.

Benson’s is the place to go for homemade treats in a small setting. Popular sandwiches include the New York pastrami, French dip and Italian sub, or warm up with a cup of soup made by the owner. For something sweet, try the banana bread and zucchini bread, by the loaf or the slice, or the chocolate applesauce.