A Healthier Alternative
I have mixed emotions about Gumbos Deli, only because they used to be located off of Shary Rd, minutes away from my home, but they have recently relocated to McAllen, Texas. Although disappointed at first, I was happy to hear from the owner that thanks to the new location, sales have gone up. This is a place for a healthier, more natural approach to food. They have healthy juices, ciabattas, salads, pizza's, and soups; all delicious, all amazing, and all made fresh every day. When looking to for lunch or dinner, but not looking for that ugly overstuffed feeling afterwards, this is my go to place. Who needs fast food, when you can get Gumbo's Deli instead.
One of the pluses of visiting Gumbos Deli is the many alternatives they have available for us to drink. Besides the juices available to order, when ordering a combo or a drink, you can refill with fresh lemonade, strawberry lemonade, cucumber lemonade (my favorite), detox water, black tea, and "agua de Jamaica" (Hibiscus). I personally have a very hard time when I go to fast food chains because I don't drink soda. These options aren't just a healthier alternative, they also are really tasty and refreshing.
Their broccoli soup is heaven on earth. My favorite thing about this soup is the fact that it has little pieces of almonds. If you are a fan of soup you have to try their delicious versions of Broccoli, "Calabaza", Corn, and a few others. You can purchase soups both in a regular bowl and a bread bowl. (YUM) I can never leave without the broccoli soup. The owner is always extremely accommodating and has even given us samples of some of the soups when we weren't sure which to order. I have tried them all and they are honestly, so so good. The soups can be individually ordered or part of a combo, which includes two items of your choosing, and a drink.
Another option available to round out your combo, or as an individual entry, is a delicious salad. The many variety of salads come with greens, veggies, fruits, nuts, and different cheeses. I personally love the combination of sweet and salty, so this concoction of romaine and baby spinach, topped with apples, cashews, cherry tomatoes, cranberries, and goat cheese is just perfect. I try a different salad every time, and I have yet to try something I don't like. Their homemade strawberry dressing (they also have mango) is just unbeatable. Honestly, when eating a salad anywhere else, I never feel as full (or as happy) as i do, when I eat one here.
I'd be lying if I said I get any other sandwich when I come to Gumbos. I may change my soup, or salad, but I am loyal to The Creole. . Squeezed between this bread is large chunks of grilled chicken, bacon, Manchego cheese, red onions, and tomato. This sandwich comes with ranch dressing, but I am obsessed with their Creole dressing, so I always order some of that on the side, to dip my sandwich in. A sandwich could not be more perfect.
Raul, my bf, gets this yummy roast beef sandwich. It has fresh roast beef and the bread is spread with real chipotle, giving it quite a spicy kick. They also add pecans to the mix, adding a creamy, nutty flavor to round it all out. A huge part of why I love I these sandwiches is the bread, which is crunchy, warm, and topped with sesame seeds and other grains, adding texture and flavor to a very ignored part of sandwiches, in my opinion.
Address: 1001 S 10th St Suite F-2, McAllen, TX 78501
Phone: (956) 664 1801
Great for breakfast, lunch or a quick dinner