Kempton, PA

One of the best Delis in Pennsylvania is hiding inside an Old General Store

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Pennsylvania is filled with bustling downtowns and cities filled with places to eat, drink, and shop, but sometimes you need to reconnect with the charming small towns filled with historic main streets and mom-and-pop shops to find out where the genuinely delicious food is hiding.

Take the town of Kempton for instance. Located in Berks County within the heart of Dutch Country, the population as of 2010 was just 169 residents. Here, you'll find historic churches and a glimpse into a life that remains much simpler than what we're used to today.
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You'll feel as if you're taking a step back in time when you visit this old-fashioned general store located on Kings Highway. Wanamakers has been a staple in the community for over 135 years.

From the outside, this general store still proudly boasts some of its original signage. The yellow Victorian-style building features a charming front porch, grocery market, gift shop, and one of the best delis we've ever tried.
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Inside you'll find an old-school interior. Shelves are lined with homemade pottery, aisles are filled with fresh produce and groceries, and the floors look like they haven't changed much in the past 100 years.

You can grab a seat at one of the cozy tables inside or opt to sit outside on their covered porch.
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Their menu features a diverse range of options from delicious hoagies, specialty wraps and sandwiches, salads, and even a kid's menu that offers fluffernutter sandwiches and a meat and cheese sandwich for just 4 bucks.

If you're in the mood for a traditional deli sandwich, you've got plenty of choices. Their roast beef hoagie includes provolone, lettuce, tomato, and onion, and is topped with Russian dressing.
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All of their hoagies are packed with so much meat they're impossible to close. A small will cost you $7.95 and a large will cost just $9.95. It can easily become two meals depending on how hungry you are.
Specialty options include an array of different meat and cheese concoctions like the Toasty Beef and Cheddar, a Kaiser roll stuffed with hot roast beef, melted cheddar, onions, bell peppers, and horseradish mayo.
Wanamakers also offers 11 different specialty wraps. Healthier options include hummus and veggie wraps. For something truly extraordinary, try the Hot Mess. A wrap filled with chicken, bacon, cheddar, jalapenos, lettuce, tomato, and creamy ranch dressing.
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Wanamakers Deli is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 3:30 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 5:45 pm. On Sundays, the deli opens at 9 am and closes at 3 pm.

Let us know if you've ever been to this small under-the-radar deli in PA and if you know of any other incredible Pennsylvania delis, be sure to mention them in the comments.

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