~Review by Chuck Bradley
To my mind, a Deli (delicatessen) is loosely defined as a retail establishment in which high quality meats, pasta/potato salads, certain fish products and a variety of sandwiches can be found. And a Pub (public house) is a tavern or bar which also offers a limited, but good, menu of eats. Given that language is not static in its meanings and that my memory has had a greater span of time in which to become more lost to current definitions than most, I guess it’s not surprising that, what appears to me to be a misnomer is, in today’s world, not. So I grudgingly concede that Freddie’s is, in fact, a Deli & Pub.
Call it what you will, it was clean and bright with lots of windows admitting floods of natural light. The counter person was cheerful, helpful and friendly. I asked if the turkey (Before you ask, we didn’t have turkey for Thanksgiving, then feast on it for the next two days at our house!) was sliced from a breast or reconstituted. It was reconstituted. (A friend from another site descriptively refers to this as “chewed and glued”.) I asked if the same was true of the ham. It was. I opted for their Italian Sandwich. It was loaded with Salami, Ham (sometimes concessions must be made), Provolone, Lettuce and Tomato and came on Ciabatta Bread, it was lightly toasted, which beautifully melted the cheese, and was surprisingly good. They have a condiment basket with a good selection of flavored mustards and other goodies.
Their business card boasts “Sausages, Hotdogs, Sandwiches and Gourmet Coffee. The also serve Beer, Wine and Spirits. They’ve got Video Lottery, if that toots your vuvuzela. They’re located on the south end of Sunnyslope Shopping Center. Give them a try and see what you think!
4555 Liberty RD S
Salem, OR 97302
Open seven days a week