Most kids open their lunch bags to find ham and cheese slapped between squishy bread. Not me. My mom layered corned beef on fresh rye or thick slices of kosher salami on challah. These were real sandwiches, and they set the bar high.

I’ve found the same homey flavors in the messy getups at Boulder’s Jimmy & Drew’s Deli. Owners Jarrett Eggers and Andrew Marx serve an exceptional deli menu where everything is under $10. Take Jimmy’s Favorite: a traditional Reuben—corned beef, Swiss, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing—between two potato latkes instead of rye (the dish has had its praises sung by everyone from Oprah to the Food Network). My favorite, though, is the Flatiron: an onion roll layered with brisket, lettuce, tomato, cheddar, onions, and a zingy horseradish cream sauce.

And it’s not just the specialty offerings. The tuna salad is perked up with scallions and capers; and the chicken soup really does taste like my mom’s chicken soup—probably because it’s based on Drew’s mom’s recipe. 2855 28th St., Boulder, 303-447-3354,