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    Posted December 5, 2012 by
    Truckee, California
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    100 places to eat like a local

    Full Belly Deli: Hits the Spot for Truckee/Tahoe Locals


    5 years ago a deli opened up in the same complex as my office. This spot had been a rotating door of eateries so we paid it no mind. Little did we know that not only would this new place change the way Truckee ate but also our conceptions of what breakfast and lunch are supposed to be.


    Full Belly Deli not only puts meat, cheese and condiments between two pieces of bread. Oh no. They challenge the limits of sandwich making. The same applies to their breakfast. Every single day brings a new special for each, along with one or two new soups. For example, every Friday is Biscuits & Gravy Burrito for breakfast and mid-week maybe they'll treat you to a breakfast pizza with asparagus, goat cheese and fried egg or a chiliquiles burrito. For lunch it could be a Pulled Pork Sando with blueberry chipotle BBQ sauce, beer battered jalapenos, smoked cheddar, and house slaw with a cup of green chile chowda or how about The A"pork"alypes - Roasted Pork Loin, Jalapeno, Avocado, Cilantro, Chicken Fried Bacon, Garlic Mayo and Provolone.


    But the magic doesn't lie only in the specials. Locals and tourists alike have fallen in love with one of the deli's signature sandwiches. Named after a friend, the Dirka Dirka has fans from one coast to the other. Choose a house baked bread (I recommend jalapeno cheddar) to hold the corned beef, pastrami, pickles, yellow mustard, swiss cheese & jalapeno coleslaw together and dig in.


    Whether you go with the special or choose from the menu, be prepared to have your belly filled! Using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, the deli sandwiches are big enough for 2 meals. When dining in, you must put your manners on the shelf and tuck a napkin into your collar because these gargantuan creations can be as messy (in the most delectable way) as they are tasty.


    If you’re in town during the summer, head down to Truckee Thursdays, Truckee’s weekly street fair featuring arts, crafts, a farmer’s market, live music, and of course, food. When you’re there, ask people where you should eat. I’d bet money that they’d direct you to Full Belly Deli’s stand and more specifically their legendary Pig Pops. It won’t be hard to find them either as they’ll be the one with the mile long line. What is a Pig Pop you ask? Only the greatest thing to ever happen to a pig. Slow braised bone-in pork shank coated in a sweet chili sauce then grilled until crispy, ooey and gooey. Eat them over your plate ‘cause these fall right off the bone.


    And while the community shows the deli tons of love, the deli also shows the community love in return. They actively donate their time and culinary goodness to supporting several local charities and organizations including The High Fives Foundation, Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, Adaptive Ski School, Cooper’s Tahoe Paddle Battle to name a few.


    My friends always laugh at me when I rave about the deli and will say it along with me but "I can’t figure out what makes the deli so good, it just is". You'd think "eh, it's just a sandwich" but it's so much more than that. It's FBD!


    Here are some stats to further support the deli as being worthy of a spot on "100 places to eat like a local"


    - Voted Truckee/Tahoe's Best Deli 5 years in a row
    - Silver Medal Winner: Best Pairing, Autumn Food and Wine Festival
    - 2012 Small Business of the Year by the Truckee Chamber of Commerce
    - 2 time winner of the Truckee Chili Cook-off
    - Also voted Best BBQ, Best Catering by Truckee/Tahoe locals
    - The spot to eat for Truckee/ Tahoe's winter elite including Julia Mancuso, Darin Rahlves, Danny Davis, Tanner Hall, Marco Sullivan, Jeremy Jones and more. Tony Hawk also popped in a few months ago.


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