Isla Vista Deli Mart
For what appears to be such a tiny place, IV Deli Mart really packs it in.
Market stuff is in the front of the shop, and the deli portion is in the back, complete with those tantilizing rotating spits of kebab meat.
Boysenberry shishah – good selection of shishah and prices were reasonable. The man behind the counter was excellent that giving advice and talking about the shishah.
Lamb gyro (in picture) – same man behind the counter recommended I try the lamb gyro over the falafel. I did want both, but my stomach real estate won’t allow. The lamb gyro was substantial and tasty, lots of meat and a good amount of crunchy vegetables. The pita bread is good, but it does start falling apart quickly. Keep that paper and foil wrapper handy for holding everything in place.
Meatball sub – acceptable, but slightly underwhelming. In retrospect, McMarko and I should have skipped the meatball sub and gotten the falafel I was eyeing up earlier.
Red vines – they’re red vines.
There is no sit-down option at this deli-market, which helps justify the lower prices, and it’s easy enough to walk over to the park and sit on the benches.
There aren’t many places around that serve shawerma and related sandwiches, so this is a gem. And it’s great food for being on the go.
I.V. Deli Mart