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Ching Brubaker Dining Panel review: Deli at GreenAcres Market worth trying

  • Wichita Eagle Dining Panel
  • Published Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at 7:43 a.m.
  • Updated Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at 7:43 a.m.

If you go

GreenAcres Market and Deli

3 out of 4 stars

Address: 8141 E. 21st St. in Bradley Fair, 316-634-1088

Hours: Deli hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.

Type of food: Natural and organic deli fare

Website: greenacres.com

The GreenAcres Market offers more than just organic and specialty foods and products. Inside the store, past the produce section, is an amazing deli that offers a variety of sandwiches and wraps, soups, salads, entrees, sides and desserts. The deli also offers healthy smoothies and juices.

My husband, Brian, and I tried food from the deli at GreenAcres Market for the first time recently and were quite impressed with the quality and selection. We went on the day of their Gluten Free Festival, and the store was packed with people and sampling stations. As if that wasn’t overwhelming enough, I couldn’t believe how many options there were when we finally reached the deli counter. There were several sandwich and salad options in addition to all of the foods on display in the deli case.

Brian ordered The Hood sandwich ($7.99), a colorful combination of turkey, ham, salami and pepperoni with mozzarella, provolone and cheddar cheeses and roasted peppers and lettuce. I had a bite of it and thought it was as tasty as it was colorful. I normally don’t like eating vegetables, but there was nothing in this sandwich that I felt a need to pick off. All of the sandwich components contributed deliciously to the finished product.

I chose the house-made chicken pot pie ($6.99) because of its irresistible golden crust. It did not disappoint. The filling was perfectly seasoned, and the crust was perfectly flaky. I also had one of their trail mix cookies (99 cents). I easily could have eaten a dozen of them had Brian not been there to stop me.

GreenAcres has a small area designated for dining at the front of the store. There are tables and chairs set up inside and outside. It was a little chilly on our visit, so we decided to eat inside. The space is somewhat cramped, so when I returned the next day to try the chef’s chicken salad sandwich ($7.99), I opted to take it home. I also had a slice of their Italian cream cake ($2.99) to go. Both were very good. I particularly liked the sweet flavor of the chicken salad in the sandwich. I also enjoyed the cake, which was so sweet and decadent that I felt guilty for eating it by myself.

I will return to try some of their smoothies because there were a couple of flavors that appealed to me. Based on the prices listed, these are probably meals in themselves. Speaking of price, since everything is a la carte, the bill can add up quickly. The sandwiches may seem expensive when compared with the average deli. But, when you consider the quality of the ingredients, the deli at GreenAcres offers a great value. If you’ve never been there, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Ching Brubaker is a member of the Wichita Eagle Dining Panel. Read more about the panel, including member reviews, at Kansas.com/dining.

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