Between the Bread // All the Meat

The Big John at Grove’s Market Deli

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Grove Deli

Grove Deli was carved (see what I did there) out of the family-owned specialty food market founded by Greek immigrant, Pete Savas, in 1947.  The original business idea was for a neighborhood grocery/produce store which Pete’s children could learn to manage as they grew. Pete died in 1953, his family took over the store as he had dreamed and still run it. In the early 1970s, the family decided to add services to the neighborhood corner-store. A deli was constructed within the building by friends and family, which has since proved to become one of the most well-known little secrets in Salt Lake City.

It’s all about the sandwiches. The Big John is the famous one. Few people remember the term “Dagwood” (go ahead, Google it) but the Big John is a version
of that.

Seven deli meats stacked with Swiss and American cheese, all the trimmings: mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, pickle, Swiss, American, or Provolone Cheese, and peperocini peppers (on the side). Hass avocado may be added to any sandwich for a surcharge; red onion and jalapenos at no charge. Add bacon for $1.50 and your choice of breads: specialty large “Ambassador Rolls” in rye, French, sourdough or wheat.


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