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J&J Market and Deli

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Jonathan Gibbs, Owner

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Having lived in the County for 23 years, Jonathan Gibbs knows Arlington well. His wife June would often visit the store when it was called Mia’s Market. One thing led to another and they went from renting the kitchen to taking over the entire space in 2016. When you walk in to J&J Market and Deli, it’s part convenience store and part eatery with a few tables to sit and enjoy your food. J&J Market and Deli serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a different special each day. Thursday’s special is their famous Jamaican ox tails and Fridays features a whiting fish sandwich. They’re closed on Mondays.

When I asked why all the employees wear a purple t-shirt, Jonathan proudly says it represents royalty. With that same pride, he goes on to say the food at his deli is home cooked soul food, made fresh and is unique to the area. Add to that uniqueness a warm welcome friendliness when you walk in and place your order, and it’s obvious why the place is so busy.

But the menu doesn’t stop at soul food. Anna, one of the cooks from El Salvador, prepares and offers authentic pupusas and chicken tamales. Not to worry, she walks off her calories each day to and from the bus stop to get to work. Jonathan also recognizes the value of the Car-Free Diet stating it promotes a great concept. With Metrobus and ART bus stops right outside, he happily notices several customers come in while they wait for the bus. As he grins, he says this happens often. One last tip: if you do take the bus here (Metrobus 10, 16, 23, ART 74), order mom’s potato salad or banana pudding in confidence since you’ll have earned it.

Learn how to go car free to J&J Market and Deli.

J&J Market and Deli
1607 South Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22204

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