Friday , August 08, 2014 - 3:56 PM
When the Front Runner trains came to Woods Cross, Cal Gibbs, of Bountiful, saw an opportunity to open a restaurant near the station.
“His dad owned a general store,” said Mike Gibbs, Cal’s son. “I guess being an entrepreneur was always in his blood. He thought this would be a good place for his grandkids to work.”
Cal Gibbs opened Cal’s Deli in July of 2008. Mike Gibbs, of Centerville, runs the behind the scenes operations. Running the front end are his sisters Laurie Markisich, of North Salt Lake, Tracy Haire, of Centerville, and Lisa Avei, of Farmington. Their children help out from time to time with cleaning and food preparation.
Haire and Avei each brought more than 25 years of restaurant experience to the business. The elder Gibbs and his four children developed the menu together.
“We had a vision of what it would be, and it has grown into what it is now,” Mike Gibbs said. “We have a niche with the workers so our sandwiches are bigger than what you find at some other shops.”
In the morning, customers enjoy Cal’s Breakfast ($4.99), with scrambled eggs, hash browns, toast and choice of sausage, bacon or ham.
“We have really good hash browns and homemade buttermilk waffles,” Lisa Avei said.
The giant Belgian waffles ($4.89) are served with syrup, jam or powdered sugar.
The egg sandwiches ($4.49) come with scrambled eggs and choice of cheese on a fresh croissant; the French toast platter ($3.39) has four slices of Texas toast; and, the breakfast burrito ($4.49) is filled with scrambled eggs, choice of meat, grilled peppers and onions with salsa and sour cream on the side.
“Lunch is what we are the most popular for,” Avei said.
The deli’s sandwiches ($8.39/combo meal) include Philly cheese with grilled onions and peppers, meat and choice of Swiss or provolone cheese on sourdough; Reuben with grilled corned beef, fresh sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and 1000 Island dressing on rye bread; and, hot ham or hot turkey and Swiss on choice of white, wheat, sourdough or rye bread.
Cal’s Deli offers offer a condiment bar with several choices including extra peppers, jalapenos, onions, salsa, A-1 sauce, tobasco, mayonnaise, mustard, hot mustard and fry sauce.
“You can add all sorts of things to your sandwich,” Avei said.
Also popular are the made from scratch soups ($3.19). Cheesy potato and white chili chicken bean are the house specialties.
As part of the regular menu, Cal’s runs a daily hot meal special ($8.79) that includes salad, a roll and a drink.
Monday features ham and cheesy potatoes; Tuesday, turkey and mashed potatoes; Wednesday, homemade lasagna; Thursday, chicken cordon bleu with a baked potato; and, Friday, Polynesian meats with rice and macaroni salad.
The deli offers free soft-serve ice cream with every meal, and serves freshly baked cookies ($1.19) in chocolate chip, white chocolate chip macadamia nut and raisin oatmeal.
“I think that people like our restaurant because it is fast and the food makes you feel like you are at home,” Avei said.
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