My husband was born and raised in the Hudson Valley of New York where the quality of your bread matters and everybody gets breakfast to-go. The delis of New York are a local staple in these parts and his family runs two of them, cranking out dozens of egg sandwiches per morning serving everyone from truckers to teachers.
Today, I thought I’d share a little bit about one of these delis – the Country Store run by my husband’s brother Dave and sister Karol. They have a unique expertise when it comes to sandwiches. Since they were teens they’ve been hard at work and constantly tweaking the process at their Esopus, NY store. So if you visit today you’ll be in for a treat!
I grabbed my camera and headed into the deli with my family while on our summer vacation. Even though I had been there many times before, I still had a hard time deciding which delicious breakfast roll to order. So many mouthwatering options including several types of cheese, bacon, sausage, even chicken cutlet. But this time I was in the mood for something spicy.
Dave cracked the eggs (double egg this time!) and threw on a handful of already sizzling bacon – the best bacon, yo. Then he worked the layers of cheese, jalapeños, tomato, grilled onion, etc…
Everything melts together. Everything smells like a Saturday morning done right. Only it’s really a weekday and my kids are running around, shouting, playing – but who cares? I’m about to bite into the best breakfast sandwich in New York, baby!
There it is just melting away and begging to be dealt with.
After killing off my breakfast in 60 seconds, we grabbed some coffee, snacks for the kids, and chips for the road. But first we chased the kids down as they explored the corners of the deli.
Before leaving, we had to have a look into Dave’s tomato garden. It’s a well tailored operation with several tomato plants bursting through their cages as proof.
I took these pictures a month ago. Imagine how they look today! Fresh and local is the way to go.
But, like every vacation, it flies by and before you know it we have to go home. We said our goodbyes and look forward to next time – and the next breakfast sandwich of my life.