High Street Market & Deli has been a staple of San Luis Obispo for almost 100 years, and has deep roots in serving their community great deli sandwiches. The original market opened in 1927, and today that same vintage building still stands tall in a neighborhood that has changed dramatically over the years. Although much has changed in the years since High Street Market & Deli opened, the most important factor remains: they still make the best sandwiches found in all of SLO County!
High Street Market & Deli is a sandwich shop, and unsurprisingly sandwiches are the main attraction on the menu. The names of the different sandos definitely lean into the 4/20 stoner culture (a play on “High Street” where they are actually located), and you’ll find options like the Beef Dip Doobie Sando or the Breakfast Blunt to choose from.
It’s not just the 420 culture that brings patrons to the yard at High Street Deli though. Their food really is delicious, and uses local ingredients to craft their sandos and sides. The owner, appropriately named Doobie, does a masterful job in crafting the perfect sando, and it keeps us (and almost everyone else in SLO County) coming back again and again.
The sando menu is broken down into three areas: Sandos (their standing sando options), Daily Specials, and Breakfast.
The Sandos menu has 15 standing options ranging from your California Turkey to your BLT, but also has some surprising options like the Highzenburger made with slices of meatloaf, the Nashville Club with a generous splash of BBQ sauce, and two different vegetarian options. If none of those options sound right to you, there is also the option to build your own.
The Daily Specials menu is exactly what it sounds like: special sandwiches not usually available on the menu! Each day High Street Deli has a different special sando, which also changes throughout the year. If you see an option you really want to try, definitely do it – there’s no telling if it will be on the menu next time you return!
The Breakfast Menu at High Street Deli are the sandos inspired by Breakfast. All five of the sando options on the Breakfast menu have eggs as their main protein, but are then combined with other perfect breakfast foods, like bacon, potatoes, and cheese. These sandwiches are also regularly offered, giving you a chance to try every single one!
In addition to the sandos, High Street Market and Deli also has salads, chips, and drinks to round out your meal. The Stuffed Avocado Salad or Green Salad might stand alone for a meal, but there is also macaroni or pasta salad to choose from if you prefer (and humongous pickles!).
We have been going to High Street Deli for years, and never once had a bad experience. The sandos are always delicious and so well made, the staff is friendly and kind, and Doobie (the owner) has really created this perfect place where you can have a great meal with friends and let all your cares roll away…at least while you’re enjoying one of his sandos 🙂
High Street is extremely popular in SLO, so when you visit expect a bit of controlled chaos. If you’ve never been, you’ll want to immediately head to the counter where you’ll fill out a slip with your order. Sometimes we’ve paid before the sandwiches arrived, other times after we’ve gotten our order, but the staff will let you know how they need to process payment that day.
The inside of High Street Deli does have a few tables and chairs, but it gets cramped really quickly with people trying to eat, order, pay for their food, or wait for their sando. Thankfully there are lots of other tables and chairs out front (and along the side of the building) if you can’t (or don’t want to) find a place to sit inside.
Our orders change every time we go to High Street, but some of our all time favorites are the Breakfast Blunt, the Dutch Punch, the BLT, and the Tropical Vacation. We don’t get the salads too often because there is such a wide selection of chips that we love to try, but the potato and macaroni salads are just as good as any food you’d expect to find at High Street Deli.
High Street Market and Deli originally opened in San Luis Obispo in 1927, and was a staple for local families of railroad workers. Here residents could purchase much needed items like milk, butter, tobacco, and fishing supplies, or treat themselves to a deli sandwich on their way to and from the railroad station.
In 2000 Randy “Doobie” Coates bought High Street Market and Deli, and has seen the business thrive under his management. Doobie really expanded his marketing of the stoner culture by playing off “High Street” in the name, and everything from his sandos to his merchandise is inspired by those words.
Cal Poly students and residents originally drawn to the deli because of the kitschy name soon found really good food underneath, and nothing has stopped the community from eating his food ever since.
Today High Street Market and Deli is still going strong in their original location on High Street in San Luis Obispo, and is getting ready to expand to a second location in Los Osos by the end of 2020 giving residents of SLO County every opportunity to come by for some amazing food.
350 High Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
- From Highway 101 South, take exit 202A for Marsh Street. At the offramp, continue straight on Marsh for .3 miles to Carmel Street. At Carmel Street turn right, and continue straight for another .3 miles to High Street. High Street Market and Deli will be immediately on your left at Carmel and High Streets.
- From Highway 101 North, take exit 202A for Marsh Street. At the offramp, continue straight on Marsh for .3 miles to Carmel Street. At Carmel Street turn right, and continue straight for another .3 miles to High Street. High Street Market and Deli will be immediately on your left at Carmel and High Streets.
There is only street parking available at High Street Market and Deli, so start looking for spots once you get halfway up Carmel Street!
Hours of Operation:
|Monday||9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday||9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday||9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.|
|Thursday||9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.|
|Friday||9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.|
|Saturday||9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.|
|Sunday||9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.|