Matador Munch: Detour to the DeliCafe

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Used soup bowls and glass jars, which Erik’s DeliCafe has customers use for beverages, sit outside on one of the restaurant’s outdoor tables. Photo by Nona Penner.

Nona Penner

Used soup bowls and glass jars, which Erik’s DeliCafe has customers use for beverages, sit outside on one of the restaurant’s outdoor tables. Photo by Nona Penner.

Marketplace Shopping Center on Stevens Creek Boulevard and South Portal Avenue is a smorgasbord of tastes. Popular stops for frozen yogurt at Yogurtland, cream puffs at Beard Papa’s, and pearl milk tea at Verde are among the places that draw students in.

Among these busy spots is a small restaurant called Erik’s DeliCafe. When their red neon “Soup’s On” sign is glowing, there will always be people in and out of the relatively quaint and quiet eatery. Its rustic and homey decor features wooden chairs and picnic-style tablecloths, walls adorned with old farming tools.Erik’s DeliCafe offers sandwiches, soups, wraps, and other items. Its menu features “Sandwiches with Character” such as the Pot Belly, R.E.O. Speedwagon, and Sweet Liberty. They’re stacked high with turkey, pastrami, or ham with tomato slices, sometimes avocado, and usually with an unconventional but tasty helping of sprouts—all for around $7. Speedy service gets you your order in under five minutes, sometimes within seconds, fresh and wholesome.

So, the next time you visit Marketplace and feel the urge for a sandwich, don’t leave for Subway—stay for Erik’s, even if you get a sprout stuck in between your teeth.

Erik’s DeliCafe is located on 19652 Stevens Creek Boulevard. Its hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.