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Posted: March 10, 2015

The Day After Thanksgiving Sandwich at Mac’s Deli in Scarborough is worth celebrating all year

Written by: Ray Routhier
Mac’s Day After Thanksgiving Sandwich filled with fresh turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce is worth the trip in itself. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

Mac’s Day After Thanksgiving Sandwich filled with fresh turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce is worth the trip in itself. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

I know it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, but I’m in the mood to celebrate Thanksgiving.

That’s because of the Day After Thanksgiving sandwich I recently had at Mac’s Deli and Catering in Scarborough.

I’m a sucker for sandwiches that feature a Thanksgiving dinner between two slices of bread, including the turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. But the one at Mac’s, for $7.50, really stood out for me.


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For one thing, the turkey was clearly hunks of a roast turkey, not cold cut slices. The moist stuffing was the highlight, made with left-over bread, eggs, broth and herbs. The sandwich also featured cranberry sauce and mayonnaise, on fresh, old-fashioned white bread with a chewy crust.

The dozen sandwiches on Mac’s specialty sandwich menu are priced from $6.88 to $7.90. Others on that menu include a “super” tuna melt with avocado spread, a grilled Reuben, hot pastrami, roast beef and Boursin cheese, a BLT, and a chicken pesto panini.

The build-your-own sandwich menu includes more than a dozen meats/fillings, a half-dozen cheeses, more than a dozen kinds of bread, and maybe two dozen toppings. So if you’re in the mood for some top round pastrami with smoked Gouda cheese, sauerkraut, BBQ sauce, and banana peppers on six-grain bread, Mac’s can accommodate your eclectic tastes. For $7.65.

Patrons enjoy lunch by the deli case at Mac's Deli and Catering in Scarborough. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

Patrons enjoy lunch by the deli case at Mac’s Deli and Catering in Scarborough. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

There are also daily sandwich specials, which are posted on the web site. The day I went, the special was a pressed pastrami turkey Reuben on pumpernickel bread, for $7.85. And the sandwich special listed for the next day was seasoned braciole roast beef (an Italian preparation) on a poppy seed bulkie roll with provolone, lettuce, tomato, mayo and onions for $7.75.

There are also daily soups offered, listed on the Facebook page. Mac’s web site has a somewhat dizzying list of soups offered at various times. The list of 15 soups includes: beer and cheese; maple butternut squash; white bean and kale; tomato grilled cheese; Jamaican jerk chicken: curried chicken and bean; and corn and sweet potato.

Mac’s menu also includes made-to-order salads. There’s a chef’s salad ($7.50) with lettuce, ham, turkey, American cheese, tomato, cucumbers and boiled egg. There’s a baby spinach salad ($7.25) that comes with your choice of either a scoop of chicken salad or tuna salad.

You can also buy prepared salads by the pound, including roasted red potato salad ($3.99/lb), Italian pasta salad ($4.75/lb), or cranberry walnut chicken salad ($7.99/lb).

After I bought my sandwich during a recent lunch break, I noticed some large chocolate chip cookies on the counter. I grabbed one, figuring it would a $1.50 or so, like very large cookies around here often are. When the giant cookie was rung up, for 75 cents, I asked the cashier if there a mistake. There wasn’t. The cookie was not only as big as ones I’ve had at bakeries, but just as good. They were just golden brown on the outside, and chewy with slightly-melted chocolate chips inside.

A Roast Beef with tomato, onion and lettuce at Mac’s Deli and Catering in Scarborough. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

A Roast Beef with tomato, onion and lettuce at Mac’s Deli and Catering in Scarborough. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

Mac’s is a little hard to spot if you’re not looking for it. It’s on a busy stretch of Route 1 south of the Haigis Parkway, across from the Len Libby candy shop. It’s in a low strip mall building with other businesses, including an H&R Block, set a little bit off the road.

But since it’s on Route 1, it’s a great place to grab a sandwich on your way to or from someplace. There are also several tables and chairs, and a small counter with stools, if you want to eat there.

And it’s a great place to celebrate your own private Thanksgiving, whenever you want.

MAC’S DELI & CATERING

WHERE: 426 U.S. Route One, Scarborough | 207-396-5356 | macsdeliandcatering.com
HOURS: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday
WAIT: Fifteen minutes for sandwich ordered by phone.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes

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