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Memories Deli offers quick fare

March 26, 2003

By Heather Ogletree

Yesterday's Memories Deli provides cheap, filling foods for downtown workers.

Located in the back of Cameron Trading Company, an antique store, the deli serves as a nice place to take a break from shopping and get a bite to eat.

It is easy for patrons to work up an appetite while perusing three floors packed with unusual treasures from the past.

Yesterday's Memories offers a variety of fresh foods.

Patrons can order a smoked turkey sandwich ($2.85), Frito pie with lettuce and tomato ($2.60) or a big chicken wrap ($2.85). For dessert, try a piece of pie ($1.75) or homemade cookies ($0.75- $1.00).

The owner, Darlene Ramsey, makes the food to order, and her husband, Don Ramsey, runs the cash register.

They provide efficient friendly service, which is important to their downtown patrons who only have a short time to eat.

Those with leisure time can window shop from their seats and listen to oldies while they eat. With so many antiques to look at, there is no chance of having a boring lunch.

Yesterday's Memories Deli has been in Waco for three years and will remain a good place to get quick concession-style food.

After the Ramseys retired, they decided to fill their time by opening the deli, and the restaurant has acquired a growing group of regulars who work in the downtown area.

The deli is located at 618 Austin Ave. and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

They accept cash, checks or gift certificates.

Yesterday's Memories is literally a 'mom and pop' deli that serves customers with a smile.

The food is cheap, fast and filling and the atmosphere is, to say the least, interesting.

For these qualities, Yesterday's Memories Deli gets two out of four paws.