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Best Lunch Spot in Yosemite Valley: Degnan’s Deli

Deer grazing in Yosemite

There was so much to see while visiting the Yosemite National Park, and we didn’t want to stop exploring to sit down and eat lunch, but we had to get some nutrition to keep fueling our adventure. Since we didn’t want to waste too much time sitting down to eat, we went to the small Degnan’s Deli when ended up being one of the best lunch spots in Yosemite Valley.

Ordering Sandwiches in Yosemite

The line to order a sandwich was horrible. It wrapped around the entire deli, and my kids had a couple of meltdowns while we waited to get to the front and order our sandwiches. Once we placed our sandwich order, they were made within just a few minutes. The prices were high, but that was to be expected when ordering lunch inside of a National Park.

Turkey Sandwich

Once we took our seats and opened the wrapper around the sandwich, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The sandwiches were definitely worth the $7.75 price point and were loaded with tons of meat and cheese.

My boys ordered The Italian sandwich that came loaded with capicola, salami, prosciutto, provolone, tomato, greens and pesto mayonaissane inside of a soft ciabatta roll. The sandwich was large enough for my two boys to share, and they didn’t leave a crumb behind.

I shared the turkey and swiss sandwich with my daughter. We opted to have the turkey sandwich on a soft white role vs. the multi-grain bread and added guacamole. While we were savoring every bite of our sandwiches, we got the biggest surprise of our life.

Kid and Deer in Yosemite

Wild Deer in Yosemite

A wild deer was slowly making her way over to the outdoor table where we were eating, and we got an up-close encounter with the beautiful animal. Our kids couldn’t believe their eyes that a wild deer was less than a few feet away from them while they were enjoying their lunch.

Degnan's Deli in Yosemite

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