As a newly transferred student to Chapman University last semester I made it a mission to try as many new eateries as possible in and around Orange. I soon found this task to be arduous when I realized just how many food establishments are in the area.
I did however stumble upon Benjies Deli while I was at the hardware store off of Tustin and La Veta. After a day of moving into my new apartment I crawled into Benjies with no expectations. I remember ordering the Benjies Special and being absolutely blown away. Since then my girlfriend and I have made dinner at Benjies a weekly tradition. We always start with a plate of potato latkes that are inhaled in a matter of minutes. She always gets the lox and cream cheese on a bagel, which she claims is the best she’s ever had. I however have found myself ordering something new of the menu every time. I can honestly say that through the entire seven-page menu I have never been disappointed once.
As a member of the Chapman Men’s Water Polo team I have also passed along the secret of Benjies to my teammates. With a full bar and big portions, it’s the perfect place for us to go after practice. You’ll see us every Tuesday night after our scrimmage in the Bamboo Lounge, stuffing our faces. We’ve all agreed as well, after seeing the catering menu, that for our water polo banquet we are going to suggest Benjies’ catering to our coach.
Being so close to Chapman, I was surprised I’d never heard of Benjies Deli before. With so many fraternity, sorority, philanthropic and sports events I’m surprised that more Chapman students don’t take advantage of Benjies New York Deli and catering service. Unfortunately I’ll be graduating this coming May and I don’t plan to stay in the area after. So I have one more year to enjoy Benjies before I go out into the real world. I will however be sure to visit Benjies whenever I’m at my alma mater.
Don’t forget to follow Benjies Deli on Twitter to find out about special Chapman University promotions! @benjiesdeli—there will be a special discount for Chapman students starting soon!
To experience a true, New York-style deli right here in Orange County, drive or walk directly to 1828 N. Tustin Avenue in Santa Ana. The restaurant is open 7 days a week 7 AM – 9PM, and Karaoke is 9PM- midnight on Friday nights.
If you want to hold a private party for an event, contact Benjies Deli to reserve the Bamboo Lounge and discuss ordering food for the event. Call (714) 541-6263 and ask for Lloyd Weinstein, whether you want to book a private party or have your home event catered.