An inexpensive lunch combo of a made-to-order sandwich, a bag of chips and a drink makes for an old-school deli attractive to workers from the nearby Scottish Rite Hospital and hotels as well as UT Dallas students. Better still, the bargain-price lunch special is just one of things that distinguishes this shop from other sandwich makers. Another is relish-christened chow-chow, a condiment best applied to the signature "The Original" (ham, German salami, provolone cheese, mayonnaise, pickles, with chow-chow on fresh baked bread). The chips options are dominated by the standard supermarket variety. But, again, that's part of the draw to Antoine's. It's a no-frills joint with straight-up sandwiches. Wash it all down with a Snyder Soda.
Sam Ayoub, 71, bought Antoine’s 40 years ago. His wife, Maria, 72, helps make sandwiches if she’s at the store and things get busy. Mario Chavez, who has worked with them for 24 years, works the counter swiftly building sandwiches and running the day-to-day business.