Today was a beautiful day in the lower mainland. The sun was shining bright bringing a little warmth to the cold winter air that we have been having. It was the prefect day to take my grandmother out for a walk to grab a bite to eat at her favourite deli around the corner.
Ozzie’s Deli and Meats ….its an unassuming little place. The kind of deli that is quintessential for a small town like Tsawassen. You wouldn’t think much of it from the outside. But inside, it is the heart of the community and you can feel it beat every time you walk in the door.
Every time we go for lunch, there are so many regulars like my grandmother, that many people greet each other like old friends. Today my grandmother told me a story about a local woman she knew that now lives in Australia, she ran into her one day where she had literally just returned home for a visit and the first place she wanted to go was to Ozzie’s Deli and Meats.
Ozzie’s has been around for a few decades and the present owner Anya took it over close to 20 years ago. I have no idea what it was like originally, but Anya and her staff have impressed me time and time again with their warmth and compassion. They not only dote on my grandmother but many of their regulars. You can tell each one of their customers holds a special place in their hearts. So much so, my grandmother wasn’t doing well last fall and hadn’t been in for lunch in months. When we finally made it in for lunch they brought tears to my eyes when they shared how concerned they were and so happy to see she had come in. Greeting her with hugs all around.
Ozzie’s serves deli sandwiches, salads, homemade soups, shepherds pie, schnitzel, burgers and so much more, not to mention fresh baked cookies for dessert.
It is not just a local place to grab a bite to eat. It is a local place to meet and greet.
Next time you are in Tsawassen stop by for lunch but be sure to bring cash as they are old school restaurant with no debit or credit cards.
1557 56 Street, Tsawwassen