Gio’s Cafe and New York Style Deli recently opened at the southwest corner of Preston and LBJ and judging by the comments to my Far North Dallas post, it’s been a hit-or-miss – mostly a hit for me and a welcome addition for the Jewish community. See our Live Local reporter’s post on the cafe’s Shabbat dinners.

I finally made my way over to the new restaurant, which was packed at lunchtime. We waited about five minutes for a table to open up. I did not have the pleasure of meeting “Doug”, the disaster of a waiter our readers have referred to. One bad server can ruin the whole experience. My service was acceptable, so let’s jump right to the food.

I almost spoiled my appetite on the complimentary bagel chips, which you also can buy packaged. The chicken barley soup is the perfect thing for a winter day. So good, I may be stopping by for a cup to-go. The pastrami is superior. But be advised when ordering the more generic sandwiches: you have to tell them if you want anything on it or they will bring you meat between two slices of dry bread.

The atmosphere is casual and pleasant – part deli counter with bagels, cheeses and pastries – and part restaurant. Great for a business meeting or having dinner out with the family. Entrees run about $8-$10.

We always want to go to Cindi’s because it’s familiar and, well, it’s the only New York style deli in town. But if you’re looking to try something new, Gio’s certainly competes well.

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