There is a surprising number of lunch options on the Centerville square. One of the best places to grab a lunch during the workday or go with a friend to chat over coffee is Market Place Deli.
During a recent weekday lunch, I tried the grilled club sandwich, which had turkey, ham, bacon and cheese. Custom orders are no problem; while ordering I got to choose from a list of fresh vegetables and spreads. The half sandwich cost only $2.99, and I added the combo (either chips or a side, in this case coleslaw, and a drink) for $2.
When you are there, make sure to check out the daily specials. My dining partner tried one of the specials that day, which was a barbecue sandwich with a side or chips and a drink for $4.
The fresh, quick menu also includes a large number of salads. Don’t forget to ask about the soup of the day, which you can get in a cup for $2.20 or a bowl for $3.20.
Market Place Deli is also one of the few places around where you can get an espresso drink. Along with the standard fare, it offers several special recipes, including Hazilla, made with vanilla and hazelnut, or Addiction, made with chocolate, English toffee and butter pecan. I am not sure which sounds better: the Grasshopper, with chocolate and crème de menthe, or Cinnamon Roll, with caramel and brown sugar cinnamon. These drinks start at $2.95. But if you’re just in the mood for a regular cup of joe, it costs $1.25, with free refills in-house.
To go along with its fun coffee recipes, the place has a little bit of a coffee shop atmosphere: in one corner two comfy chairs form a little reading nook. Along one wall is a counter with the day’s newspaper hung up so customers can catch up on the news over their lunch hours.
Yesterday’s desserts were only 50 cents each. For that price, we managed to find some room and split a Butterfinger fudge brownie. The delicious peanut butter and chocolate concoction was worth every penny.
Market Place Deli
2017 N. 13th St., Centerville
Hours: Mon. – Fri.: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Closed weekends and holidays