Praiseworthy Food at Toffino's

880 Farrow Parkway, South Park Village, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

By Patricia B. Mitchell, 2009.

Meatball Sub, Toffino's, Myrtle Beach, SC

Meatball Sub.

Turkey and Cheese, Toffino's, Myrtle Beach, SC

Turkey & Cheese with macaroni salad.

Half a Chicken Philly, Toffino's, Myrtle Beach, SC

Half a Chicken Philly (writer's other half had possession of the sandwich's other half). Potato salad is on the side.

Pepperoni Pizza Slice, Toffino's, Myrtle Beach, SC

Pepperoni Pizza slice.

Strawberry Ice, Toffino's, Myrtle Beach, SC

Strawberry Ice.

Lemon Square, Toffino's, Myrtle Beach, SC

Lemon Square.

Walking into Toffino's (see map) is like visiting a popular and busy friend. Our party of five arrived at the deli for a late lunch, after having taken a side trip to nearby Warbird Park when we saw that the Toffino's parking lot was almost full.

We arrived after 2 p.m. and were greeted pleasantly. We sat down to study the menu and soon a likeable waiter came to the table to take our order.

One of our party chose the Meatball Sub ($6.89). He was extremely impressed, declaring that the meatballs tasted like homemade. The sandwich contains “five meatballs and sauce with Provolone.” With it our friend ordered potato chips, and tea.

Another in our group selected the Turkey & Cheese ($6.89) — “Boar's Head Turkey with your choice of Provolone, American, or Swiss cheese.” For her side she chose macaroni salad, and was well-satisfied.

My husband and I split a Chicken Philly ($6.89) — “Onions, mushrooms, mild banana peppers” — on a hoagie roll. (All the hot sandwiches come on a delicious hoagie roll made in-house.) I would have appreciated more of the chicken/veggie mixture on our sandwich, but it was superb anyway. We requested Toffino's splendid Italian dressing served on the side. A fine dill pickle strip and potato salad rounded out our entree.

Our daughter ordered a slice of Pepperoni pizza ($2.35) and enjoyed it. She also requested a cup of strawberry ice ($2.00) as a “side” with the pizza. Although it wasn't brought until she was about finished the pizza she said that it was quite nice.

For dessert we split a couple of the Lemon Squares. The yummy pastry had an appealingly flaky crust and a sweet and lemony filling.

Everything served to us tasted just right — even the unsweetened iced tea was much better than average.

This deli (which is also a bakery) is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The place is modest in appearance, but don't be put off by the old-ish facade and casual decor — what they do here is worthy of praise.