Hometown Eats: Linden Deli + More in Monroe County
MONROE COUNTY, W.Va. (WDBJ) - Depending on where you’re watching from, this one is going to be a bit of a drive, but WDBJ7′s Katey Roshetko said it’s worth it.
Take a drive through the rolling hills of Monroe County, West Virginia. About 20 minutes from Narrows, Virginia there’s a new country store and deli in Lindside.
“The support we have had from the community has been unbelievable,” co-owner Gina Mann said.
Linden Deli + More opened its doors just this past April.
The owners, Gina and Byron Mann, offer fresh deli meat and cheeses to buy by the pound or to order on a homemade sandwich or wrap.
“When people are coming through and wanting a sandwich, they just come in and pick out a card,” Gina said.
The menu is simple. Pick your bread. Pick your meat. Pick your cheese. Pick your extras. Then turn it in at the counter.
“And we will make it to order,” Gina said.
And while you’re waiting for your food, you can do a little shopping. The country store sells Amish food and beverages from Walnut Creek.
“We also carry a variety of snack mixes, candies, variety of nuts, pastas, beans, soups, dressings sauces,” Gina said.
You can find pretty much anything, including gluten-free products, Amish sodas, and even fresh-cut meat from the Mann’s son’s meat processing business - which is just a few miles down the road.
“We carry fresh ground burger, sausage, pork chops,” Gina said.
And really, the whole store is a family business.
“Kelsey makes the candles,” Gina said. “Our youngest daughter Reagan makes earrings. And our daughter-in-law makes the Freshies.”
Orders Up! Let’s check out how good this wrap is.
“So what I think I got on mine is I got some chicken, some turkey, lettuce, tomato, salt, pepper, mayonnaise,” Katey said.
“I think I got everything that makes a good wrap; that’s all I gotta say. All right, here we go,” she took a bite. “That’s delicious.”
She also also had to try Gina’s macaroni salad.
“How long have you been making this macaroni salad?” Katey asked.
“About five years,” Gina said.
“About five years,” Katey said. “Five years. Now we’re really going to put it to the test. You ready?”
“I’m ready,” Gina laughed.
Now Gina was nervous about Katey trying her macaroni salad on camera, just in case she didn’t like it.
But she had nothing to worry about!
“What were you nervous about? This is delicious!” Katey said after taking a bite.
But if you prefer potato salad, Gina proudly serves her friend’s recipe, which is also made fresh every day.
“You weren’t lying,” Katey said when she tried the salad. “You were not lying. That’s really good.”
So head over to Linden Deli + More, where the food is fresh and family always comes first.
“We just want to give to the community.” Byron Mann said. “That’s what it’s for. It’s all about family. And doing the right thing and being blessed. Very blessed.”
Some other cool features of the store: Byron made almost all the shelves and display racks; Gina created almost all the decor, some of which is refurbished family heirlooms; and all tip donations go to St. Jude’s Children Hospital in honor of a community member’s daughter.
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