Midday Mafia: Simple sometimes equals better

Editor's note: The Midday Mafia is made up of five locals who wish to remain anonymous at the moment. Names have been changed to protect the guilty and are as follows: The Don, Two Taps, Walnuts, Jack the Knife and Jimmy Three Cheese. The Midday Mafia will run every other Thursday in Get Out.

The boys felt pretentious a couple of weeks ago at Victoria Country Club. Jimmy Three Cheese and I decided to seek our roots. Everybody knows the mafia is synonymous with simple fare and this one is going to even out our reputation among the common man.

Picture a light, airy, open venue with a varied menu and a friendly staff. Add a self-service drink bar with your favorites and that good ice we all seek, admit it or not. Ice really makes a difference and you know it.

Even I was taken aback when Jimmy Three Cheese told me where to meet him - Cafe Spoonz at the H-E-B Plus on Navarro. I took his advice and ordered a Reuben panini combo that came with a bag of chips and drink. The grand total was $5.94, and I don't think they even knew we were made men. What a deal, huh? The menu had fish sandwiches, various types of paninis, hamburgers for Jack the Knife and pizza made fresh as you watch. Tell the chef what you want on it, and into the brick oven it goes.

Now, about that panini: corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing on marbled rye pressed in the real deal, served hot and full of flavor. It was tasty, filling and still only $5.94 drive out. This meal beats the dollar menu at any chain burger joint, and it isn't even close. You could stop by, pick these up for the family and everybody would think you had a connection at a deli.

I have yet to convene the entire mafia at this locale. Walk in the door, order at the counter, get your drink, take a seat and wait to be called. Yep, you gotta pick it up at the counter for six bucks.

I challenge you to sample the sandwiches at this deli. Great fare, exceptional prices and a friendly staff make this a must try when you are in a hurry or toward the end of the month when you are broke. After lunch, Jimmy Three Cheese and I made a quick pass through the store to walk it off and review the produce, most likely delivered by one of our comrades. Smelled like money - the money we saved.

We will be back at a more traditional stop next time. Until then, get to H-E-B and forget about it.