Tiny downtown deli still a winner

The day I went to Champs Deli across the street from the downtown library, there were just five people in the place. Still, I almost didn't make it in.

The little phone-booth-sized establishment has been at 132 E. Central Blvd. (407-649-1230) for quite a while, with Chef George serving his famous pulled-pork sandwiches, and even though it's now owned by Lilia's Catering, George is still there. (By the way, Champ's Bakery on West Church has no connection to this place.)

The cold-cut selection is pretty ordinary, but where else can you get a decent chicken-salad sandwich and a cup of soup for $3.95, or a hot breakfast "sammich" for a buck-fifty? The banter that flies around might be reason enough to stop by, but if you're not in the neighborhood, they have a website. It's almost bigger than the deli! Check Champs Deli if you need a catering menu.

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