Food Porn: Jonny C’s NY Deli

Since changing jobs and going from working in the restaurant heavy Allentown to Getzville, I’ve had to adjust my lunch habits.  So when I started asking my new co-workers about their favorite places to get lunch the answer that kept popping up was Jonny C’s NY Deli on Transit.  I had no idea this place existed but I also learned they had taken over the old Campus Cafe at UB.  So during my first week at my new job I took a drive to Jonny C’s for my first taste, here’s a recap of my second visit a couple weeks later.

Quick Info:

No Deli in Buffalo has what it takes to compete with the great deli’s in NYC.  Joe’s on Hertel is great but lets face it, we’re not in NYC.  If we can get past that point, I think you’ll find out that Jonny C’s is a great option for filling up and not breaking the bank to do it.  When I first walked into Jonny C’s I was completely overwhelmed; I foolishly didn’t prepare myself and research their menu.  They have 45 sandwiches, 5 burger and hot dog combos and other specialties like fishfry’s.  Their menu is huge and after taking 5 minutes to figure out what I wanted on my first visit, I vowed to be better prepared next time and not embarrass myself in front of the regulars.

For my second trip I ordered the Rachael (#21, pictured below).  This large sandwich has pastrami with coleslaw, swiss cheese and Russian dressing on rye bread.  It’s nothing too crazy/unique, but I thought the pastrami (which was really piled on) had a really good flavor to it and was very tender.  The swiss was pretty thick and there was a good layer of coleslaw on the bottom of the sandwich that gave each bite a nice crunch.  For about 8 dollars you’ll get a sandwich that will challenge a normal eater to finish it.

My coworker Sue ordered herself a full order of the Turkey Natural (#8, pictured above) that had turkey, cucumber, muenster cheese, lettuce, tomato and basil mayo.  She seemed to enjoy her sandwich but could only make her way through half of it.  They have plenty of drinks available at Jonny C’s.  If you are in the mood for a beer they do sell single bottles and their pop, tea and juice selection is pretty impressive.  What I love most of all about their drink selection is the cans of Dr Brown’s; I ended up trying their infamous Cel-Ray soda which tastes like Sprite mixed with celery salt.  Not sure how I really feel about it; I think I’ll go back to my usual Dark Cherry for my next visit.

The inside of the place isn’t going to win you over, it’s pretty bare bones and the dining room can get filled up quickly during lunch.  There is a wall of coolers that look like a gas station more then an actual restaurant.  You’ll also see a wall of pictures which include winners of their eating challenges.  If you think you can eat a 3 1/4 lbs sandwich called The Big Mouth (1lb corned beef, 1lb pastrami, 1lb turkey, 1/4lb swiss) you’ll drop 30 bucks but you’ll have the chance to win a t shirt and have your smiling face on their wall of winners.  Look for a Hungry Hungry Buffaloes challenge in the hopefully near future.

I have a long way before I make it through the rest of their menu.  In addition to their Rachael sandwich I’ve also tried the Dave and Phil which is a toasted garlic sub with genoa salami, capicola, hot sopressatta, mortadella, provolone, red peppers, onions and some olive spread.  You really have to be craving some serious cold cuts because they are very generous with their portions.

Overall, I really like Jonny C’s.  Their food is pretty good and the prices are incredibly affordable.  You could fill yourself easily for under $5 and with such a wide array of sandwich combinations you’ll be able to try something new for a very long time.  I would love to see Buffalo get their own true Kosher deli (if we have one and I don’t know please inform me) but for now this place will be one of my go to lunch spots.

By the way, if anyone has some great lunch suggestions for the East Amherst/Getzville area, please let me know in the comment section or tweet me @buffaloeats.

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2 thoughts on “Food Porn: Jonny C’s NY Deli

  1. Scott

    My team loves to eat at Rocky’s over on Millersport. They also like Burrito Bay and Nina’s. A new sushi restaurant called Sushi Time just opened up which seems decent. Bancetti’s (spelling?) is also a good option.

  2. elizabeth

    nosh cafe on transit I heard is the closest thing to a kosher deli.

    try the breakfast sandwiches from jonny c’s they are also great.

    the location used to be a convenience store then latinas before becoming jonny c’s that is why it has that gas station feel.

    i used to work in that area and there are alot of places to eat for lunch. there is a plaza on millersport that has a bunch of restaurants. rockys, besta pizza, elmos, burrito bay, john and marys. ninas is also good esp their ice cream along with banchettis on north french. johns has a location on north french too.

    lebros and byblos are up the street on campbell past the dealership. italian at lebros and mediterranean at byblos.

    heard the fish fry at crows nest tavern on campbell and dodge is good along with their burgers. fuji grill and pizza works are on north forest and maple in a plaza.

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