Their Menu is an interesting mix to say the least. You can get melted cheese or cheese and chili nachos, hot home made soups served in a bread bowl, a good variety of salads--small and large--big ol' baked potatoes (they call them spuds) served with a variety of toppings, and a great variety of sandwiches (hot, cold, grilled, club, muffulettas). The interior is a mix of some kind of Bennigan's with all the brass handles everywhere, with a local malt shop (checkered tiles on the floor) and a local grille (the decor reflected the local high school's with pennants and other memorabilia). Of note: every location has a garage style door somewhere as a hat tip to their original location being a converted service station. You place your order at the counter and pay up front, take a number and they deliver it to your table within a reasonable time.
|The Spud Max at McAlister's Deli|
The half spud was thoroughly baked--soft inside yet well contained within the potato skin. The amount of cheese could have been a bit morebut the meat and other toppings were more than sufficient. I liked that the sour cream was served on the side--not everyone likes their baked potato overloaded with it. I like a medium amount. The veggie toppings were reasonably fresh as was the meat. Not bad at all! The Big Nasty sandwich was as described. Loaded with roast beef and gravy, and had a fair amount of melted cheese on a properly toasted baguette. The gravy was nice and hot, with plenty of flecks of meat in it. This sandwich had to be eaten with a knife and fork. Any other way would have been a gosh-awful yet tasty mess. A full size Big Nasty would have been lunch and supper for a moderately sized person or a nice satisfying dinner (large meal in this case, regardless of time of day eaten) for a big guy.
|Their "Famous" Sweet Tea--pretty good|
I also remind you dear readers: McAlister's is a franchise, and as such, quality will vary depending upon the management and operations. My experience at the Cypress location may not match yours at the U of H location. Just the same if the other locations are run as well as the Cypress location, I'd say good food and good service are a reasonable expectation.
Report Card for McAlister's Deli in Cypress:
|Dessert Case at McAlister's Deli|
Sweet Tea: A
Max Spud: B+
Big Nasty Sandwich: A
Dining Area: A
Men's Room: B
Atmosphere (Themed Deli with local accents): B
Overall Grade: B+
McAlister's Deli has 7 Houston Area Locations
Other than the U of H location, they're located along the periphery of Houston.
We went to the one at:
McAlister's Deli 25672 NW Freeway, Suite A
Cypress, TX 77429
Hours of Operation
Mon - Thu: 10:30am - 9:30pm
Fri - Sat: 10:30am - 10:00pm
Sun: 10:30am - 9:30pm
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