Confession time: One — I love food. And two — one of my biggest weaknesses is international food. Especially if it’s from the Mediterranean region. There’s just something wonderful about all the fresh vegetables, warm pita bread and flavorful hummus that you can’t really compare to anything else. So when I stumbled upon Vasken’s Deli, you have to expect that I was more than willing to stop in for lunch.
Set back off of Gretna Road in the same strip as the Branson Mill Craft Village and just one mile from the White House Theatre, this Branson deli is fairly easy to spot. Another location can also be found 40 minutes north on E. Battlefield Road in Springfield.
The menu is all inclusive, with appetizers, side dishes, hot and cold cut sandwiches, salads, soup, pizzas, dessert and a kids menu. Vegetarians will be happy to note that it also features several tasty meatless options too.
The deli is set up in a similar fashion as Panera Bread was before they began their table service. You wait in line to order at the deli counter and once your order goes to the kitchen, you receive a number that lights up when your food is ready. After you pick up your food at the counter, you pick a table and dine. Easy as pie!
I ordered the Rosa’s Mediterranean Turkey, a cold sandwich with provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, bell pepper and olive salad all wrapped up in soft pita bread. Complete with a homemade creamy garlic mayo, it was the perfect mix of fresh vegetables and cold cut turkey that left me feeling full but not to the point of being sluggish.
My meal came with a side dish as well so I went with the Mediterranean pasta salad, a tart combination of rotini pasta, black olives, red onion, shredded carrots, broccoli, green and red peppers all seasoned to perfection. It came served in a small cup and the smaller portion was welcomed after being to too many delis where side dishes of macaroni and cheese or salads overwhelmed the main dish.
The inside of the deli was very humble and clean and there is a clear and definite lunch rush about noon to 1 p.m. so if you have a large group you might consider going either before or after that time. Even so, there is ample seating in the dining room and even some shelves filled with international goods that are available for purchase.
Fair prices, a casual atmosphere and a variety of delicious and healthy foods to choose from make this spot the perfect place for your next lunch outing in Branson or Springfield.
The Branson location is at 3200 Gretna Rd. Suite 100, Branson, MO 65616 and is open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. -6 p.m. The Springfield location is at 900 E. Battlefield Rd. Suite 128, Springfield, MO 65807 and is open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
For more information or to see the complete menu, visit http://www.vaskensdeli.com/.