Best Deli/Sandwich Shop
While primarily a sandwich shop, Jason’s Deli offers much more.
“We’ve a great variety, from sandwiches to potatoes, pastas, soups and salads,” said Chris Barnard, district manager of Jason’s Deli. “We like to say we have food for all tastes.”
Jason’s Deli strives to keep its menu healthy by serving gluten-free bread and avoiding the use of MSG, high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors or dyes. Barnard said part of its success comes from accommodating “almost any dietary food there is.”
But it’s the staff who really helps the Topeka restaurant stand out from the crowd.
“(Topeka’s) staff is just really amazing. They care about the customers,” Barnard said. “One thing they do in particular is on a rainy day — they’ve got umbrellas up front — they’ll walk you out to the car.”
Depending on the size of the order, the deli may not require 24-hour notice for catering.
“We can generally have (an order) ready for delivery or pickup within an hour,” said Barnard, who has worked for Jason’s Deli for 21 years and met his wife while working for the company. “We cater breakfast, and again, we’ll deliver it as early as they need it. There’s really no time constraints.”
The deli, 6121 S.W. 12th St., also hosts “spirit night” events, where local schools, nonprofits and churches can raise money for a good cause.
“We’re just really trying to give great service, day and night, so that they want to come back,” Barnard said. “But the free ice cream helps.”
First runner-up: Schlotzsky’s
Second runner-up: Prairie Band Casino & Resort