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Bolton Deli

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Bolton Deli

130 mcmechen st., (443) 869-5244,

You probably don’t have to set the bar very high to succeed as a food establishment in Bolton Hill, a neighborhood seriously lacking in options. But Bolton Deli, which opened early this year, is better than serviceable. It’s a cute, welcoming space with free Wi-Fi, Zeke’s coffee ($1.75 includes two free refills), and a decent hot tea selection. The lunch menu has all the classics—your reuben ($7), your chicken salad sandwich ($6.50), your tuna melt ($7)—and some oddities, like the “funk-a-deli delight,” made with marshmallow fluff, chocolate, and bacon on wheat bread ($4.75). We skipped right over that and went for the prosciutto mozzarella sandwich. Made on thick rosemary focaccia from Trinacria, our favorite Italian deli, it featured dense prosciutto slices, slabs of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and a slightly meager dollop of tapenade. It was enormous, and pretty delish. A grilled cheese panini ($4.75) could have been toastier, but came with decent sharp cheddar instead of the ubiquitous American cheese. The pasta salad ($1 for a small) was your standard vinegary, shredded carrot mix, but clearly fresh. And we didn’t mean to eat all the olive salad ($1.75 for a small) at once, but it had little addictive spicy bits of carrot and lots of pepperoncini and we accidentally did. Which meant we had no room for a milkshake, even though they come in tantalizing flavors like caramel and chai and peanut butter ($3.50). Next time.

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