Original Lots of Lox’s friendly service earns repeat business

You will get “service with a smile” from the friendly staff of Lots of Lox in Palmetto Bay.

For 34 years the Original Lots of Lox Deli located in Palmetto Bay has been serving Miami residents homemade comfort foods that satisfy the tummy and soothe the soul.

The wholesome meals are not the only reason locals keep coming back to the family- owned deli — it’s the warm and friendly service.

Several members of the popular deli’s wait staff have been with the restaurant for more than 20 years. They know everyone who comes in and if you’re new to Lots of Lox, you’ll be initiated into the family on your first visit and welcomed home on your second.

“Our staff is the heart of the restaurant,” said co-owner Nick Poulos. “It may sound cliché, but we are the ‘Cheers’ of restaurants — the place where everyone knows your name. We have many customers who come in twice a day. As soon as they sit down, their favorite drink is on the table.”

Poulos owns Lots of Lox with brother Steve Poulos and cousin Jimmy Poulos. The restaurant’s walls are lined with photos that document the family’s three-generation history in the restaurant business in Miami.

“My grandparents were risk takers who sacrificed a lot to live the ‘American dream,’” Poulos said.

This generation of Poulos men is passionate about this business. One of the owners always is in the deli to ensure patrons are enjoying a dining experience “second to none.” With phrases like “the customer is always right” and “we’re only as good as our last meal” as their mantra, the Lots of Lox team is destined to be cooking up homemade favorites for another 30 years. Breakfast time is busy at Lots of Lox, but the 10-minute wait is always worth it. Begin your day with the Breakfast Special, available Monday through Friday, 7-11 a.m. Enjoy two eggs served any style with your choice of grits, home fries, toast or bagel and coffee or tea for $6.45. All breakfast favorites, including Eggs Benedict, omelets, pancakes and waffles are served all day. Lots of Lox lunch specials start at $8.45. The choices are endless and the portions are generous. You could visit the deli every day for a month and never have the same lunch twice. Design your own sandwich or wrap, or choose your favorite New York delistyle specialty sandwich, including the famous Corned Beef Reuben and Pastrami Rachel — both customer favorites. If you’re in the mood for something from the grill, choose a burger or chicken or fish sandwich. Hearty salads and garden fresh soups also are on the vast menu.

Turkey with all the fixins’ is a favorite meal that’s not just for the holidays anymore. The oven-roasted turkey breast is served every evening at Lots of Lox, along with numerous homemade dinner choices that start at $11.95. Comfort foods like homemade meatloaf and old-fashioned pot roast served with mashed potatoes will make you feel right at home.

“Our stuffed cabbage is another customer favorite. It’s made from scratch and it’s the real deal,” Poulos said. “Our traditional homemade foods are prepared daily on our premises by our dedicated staff. It’s time consuming to make things from scratch, but our customers recognize the difference.”

The catering service offered by the Lots of Lox team brings comfort food favorites from its kitchen to yours for special events such as birthdays, anniversaries and bar/bat mitzvahs, and holidays such as Passover, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas.

The Original Lots of Lox Deli is open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., and is located at 14995 S. Dixie Hwy.

For more information, call 305-252- 2010 or visit online at www.OriginalLotsofLox.com

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