I had spent the morning at the dentist's office. As the drilling went on and on, I distracted myself by envisioning what I would order for lunch at Jonny C's NY Deli, a place where I could indulge in true comfort food.
At my first visit, I enjoyed a spinach and feta omelet with home fries and toast ($4.49). I was sated until dinner time. Vowing to return to see if lunch measured up, I arranged to meet my husband, Dan, and my mother for a post-filling treat.
Jonny C's is a multitasker's dream. While perusing the large menu, you can shop for groceries, buy everything from calamari salad to bagels, and order a meal at the front counter.
And order we did.
My mother and I both had a 12-ounce serving of matzo ball soup, which was dished up in a bowl that could barely hold the large, tender matzo ($2.75). Proclaiming it delicious, mom marveled at the big chunks of chicken and carrots contained in the flavorful broth. I agreed and wished I had ordered a quart for $5.50. Dan opted for the seafood bisque, another medium-sized bowl brimming with plenty of fish, veggies and a hearty base that wasn't overly creamy. Nary a drop was left for me to taste.
As Dan and I perused the several dozen choices on the sandwich menu, my mother ordered a spinach knish ($2.49). Light and flaky, the tender dough encased a large mound of spinach filling.
I settled on the Vegetarian (half, $3.49; whole, $6.49), an enormous sandwich jammed with roasted eggplant, Portobello mushrooms, zucchini, tomatoes, provolone cheese, lettuce and tomato.
Dan went for the tuna melt ($5.99), made with white meat, American cheese and sauteed onions on grilled rye. While enjoying the sandwiches, we sampled the homemade macaroni salad ($1.75) and coleslaw ($1.75), both served after a 24-hour soak in a secret brine, resulting in a surprisingly delicate and sweet taste. Dan called the macaroni salad the best he ever had -- quite a compliment for a guy who rarely orders his pasta without red sauce.
Although we had plenty of doggie bags, we were still determined to try some dessert, especially when we heard Joey's Black & White Cookies ($1.75) are flown in every week via Fed Ex. Cake-like in their texture, the classic cookies are a satisfying ending to a hearty meal.
-- Brenda Alesii, Special to The News
Jonny C's NY Dei & Caterers
9350 Transit Road (Transit-Casey Plaza), Amherst
Review: 3 1/2 stars (Out of 4)
"Deli food and more."
Jonny C's is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. It is handicapped-accessible.