Cheap Eats

$10 Lunch: Fernanda's International Market

The deal: This Mediterranean market in Fort Lauderdale has a full-service deli that makes excellent sandwiches with fresh cold cuts.

What you get: Each sandwich costs around $8 and is

huge, with fresh-baked bread and plenty of gourmet toppings. The meat

is all Boar's Head too. When you get your sandwich at Fernanda's, you

take it to one of the many

mosaic-tiled tables near the market's wine isle.

We tried: The New Orleans-style muffuletta comes on sesame-seed

bread like the original version from Central Grocery. It had an

inch of salami and capacolla and a few slices of dry

provolone cheese. I could've done without the lettuce and tomato, but

the marinated olive salad that Fernanda's makes in-house was excellent.

A Sicilian sub comes with basil and tomato with fresh mozzarella

cheese. Grab a frosty Dr. Brown's

soda from the nearby self-service drink cooler to go with your sub.  

Bonus points: If you're not in the mood for sandwiches,

Fernanda's prepared-food case is on the east side of the market and has

everything from salads to marinated mushrooms and chicken Milanese.

Fernanda's International Market

3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale 33306


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