the angry dwarf at the Watchung Deli: Best of Essex

No, I was not accosted by a furious little person while trying to order a sub sandwich. That would have been awesome! I just watched Time Bandits and forgot how cool Kenny Baker is. I wouldn’t want to make him angry, especially when there’s an Angry Dwarf at the Watchung delicatessen that won’t punch you in the nuts.
I heard about this one from the Star-Ledger’s Munchmobile, and once I realized how close it was- I drove past this place for years without noticing it- I had to try it. Tucked on Watchung Ave in Montclair, right before the street dodges under a trestle, it’s a nice quiet plaza with various shops. Park around the corner and get there before lunchtime; I just missed a big line!
The Angry Dwarf was supposedly named after a former employee of the store who created it, was short, and had a temper. It consists of Sausalito turkey, melted muenster cheese, tomatoes, mayo and onions on a toasted hoagie roll. Simple, but delicious. The spicy turkey and the melted cheese with the juicy tomatoes make a nice combo, and it’s not terribly unhealthy compared to some of the sandwiches I’ve eaten. Heck, I wanted to try their Benny Mac- a breaded chicken cutlet, bacon, cheddar and BBQ sauce topped with their house-made macaroni & cheese- but the Dwarf is their specialty, even garnering that advertisement on the door. So I had to have that first.
The sandwiches aren’t huge, either. This isn’t a complaint; not everything needs to be a gutbusting feast, and this sandwich satisfied my lunch hunger without giving me food coma or wallet pangs. The deli is immaculately clean and the service prompt and friendly, though it’s a snug place and if it gets crowded you’ll be belly up to the counter waiting for your order. But trust me, it’s worth it. Many a deli in Jersey serves up your run of the mill Italian sub stuffed with cold cuts and cheese, shredded lettuce, sliced tomato and onion, soaked with olive oil and vinegar, sprinkled with salt & pepper- and I’m sure the Watchung will make one too- but when you want something a little different, give them a try. You won’t be disappointed, and I sure wasn’t. I voted for them for best sandwich in Best of Essex, and the competition is fierce, with Alan’s Deli in Montclair and their classic rye concoctions.

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