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Swanson's Deli - 1332 Main St in the Arcarde

Posted by The LunchMen Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Swanson's is nestled back in the Arcade on Main Street, an often forgotten place in Columbia's uptown and a spot normally visited for tailor and cobbler services these days. Swanson's proprietors, however, have been located in the cool, marble corridor for the past year grinding out sandwiches for workers in the area, and their product has pleased my wife and her work companions on a hurried weekday lunch. Mrs. Tank requested that we try Swanson's out for ourselves, and we were in no position to deny the request.

We found Swanson's to be a relaxed, family-operated establishment. Mr. Swanson and his sons are in the Arcade five days a week making home-style subs, sandwiches, and salads with the care you would expect from a small, local deli. These sandwiches and sides are not excessive or particularly inventive. If you are looking for large portions or cutting-edge sandwich fare, look elsewhere. However, if you are in the mood for a good, reliable place to stop in and grab a bite near the State house, Swanson's is your place.

While enjoying roast beef and turkey sandwiches and some very appetizing pasta salad, our lunch crowd took in the local art that Swanson's features for sale on its walls. The combination of fresh, local art and fresh sandwich ingredients provided for a good overall lunch environment. If only we could find a way to make more money and buy some of that art for ourselves...

Well, in the meantime, Swanson's has made its way onto our list of approved uptown delis. Hope to see you in there soon!

- Tank

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Rabbit, Tank, and The Publican are three dudes just trying to get through the work week here in Columbia. Rabbit is a Columbia native, Tank is from Charleston, and The Publican hails from Greenville. Rabbit's favorite lunch spot is the No Name Deli on Elmwood, where you may find him putting down a grilled chicken salad and a side of vinegar pasta. The Publican usually wants to find food to cure his all-too-common hangovers. Tank claims no favorite lunch spot - he lives for the thrill of the hunt.

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