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Canyon Deli serves up fresh food options

A deli employee hands off pizza and a hot sandwich to a visitor. Clara Beard/WGCN<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

A deli employee hands off pizza and a hot sandwich to a visitor. Clara Beard/WGCN<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Good news for both visitors and locals alike, the Canyon Deli, located in the front of the Delaware North General Store at Market Plaza, has completely reenergized its already diverse and tasty menu.

Taking its lead from the Park Service's "Healthy Parks, Healthy People" program, it now offers healthy items across the board, including an assortment of new menu choices, all at affordable prices.

"We put these together in mind with the question, 'what can we offer the park? What can we do that's moderately priced and good quality?' said John Gravel, who works as the deli's manager. "We started to attack that and the results boosted revenue for not only the people that worked in the park, but with the visitors and the people who live in the park."

The deli has also started offering espresso drinks and juices. Smoothies are also in the works, with a high protein version available for those who need that extra boost after a long day hiking below the rim.

To reach its goal, the deli has expanded its array of pastries and breakfast foods, by baking fresh cinnamon rolls, among other items. Staff has even started making their own s'mores.

"Just more in that nature of getting fresher product out there," Gravel said.

But the wholesome food choices at the restaurant extend far beyond lunch items. The deli is also looking to provide breakfast and dinner items that fit the "Healthy Parks, Healthy People" mission.

"We can be an option for dinner, we aren't just a lunch stop," Delaware North Assistant General Manager Greg Walker said.

Walker said supplying food options that are affordable, tasty, healthy and consistent is a priority for Delaware North's Canyon Deli.

Aware that some customers like to watch what they eat, the deli staff has placed nutritional labels on all the "Grab and Go" items. Soup and sandwich items are also available on the fall menu, as well as daily specials.

Sides are also healthier, with baked chips, carrots or apple slices on hand.

Now that football season is in full swing, locals can also take advantage of the deli's football parties. Locals can order a variety of pizza, made with wheat dough, and chicken wings to prepare for the big game. Not only that, if they wear their favorite team's jersey to collect their food, they'll get 20 percent off.

The deli also has birthday cakes covered for Grand Canyon locals.

"The local community is very limited to where they can eat, and where they can go, Gravel said. "It's important that we offer them affordable, quality product."

Walker said that not only is their deli focused on giving locals and visitors the best quality food available, they also want to do their part for the environment. Restaurants can produce a lot of waste, and Canyon Deli is combating that by using 85 percent recycled and combustible materials.

"We're looking at getting down to zero waste and have been looking at getting an earth tub, so all our waste could be composted," Walker said.

More information is available by contacting the Canyon Deli at Market Plaza in the front of the General Store at (928) 638-2262. The deli is open daily year-round, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., additional open hours vary seasonally.

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