Food & Drink

Mason Jar Deli makes great addition to downtown Conway

By Emily Smith

For The Sun News

Italian sandwich
Italian sandwich

Downtowns have remained an integral part of many cities, and often are a place for small businesses to thrive. Historic downtown Conway is no different, with plenty of great restaurants and cafes to provide nourishment for the visitors enjoying the Riverwalk. Relatively new, Mason Jar Deli & Market adds fresh bread to the quaint streets of Conway.

Sitting on the corner of 3rd Avenue and Elm Street, Mason Jar is settled in a central location and near a few local government buildings, no doubt making it a convenient place to grab lunch.

With large windows on both sides facing the streets, the interior is bright and open.

As a deli, their food options consist of sandwiches and salads, along with breakfast goodies like muffins and croissants. The part about Mason Jar’s sandwiches that helps them stand out is the fresh bread they bake and use for all their creations. However, Mason Jar doesn’t stop there.

The sides, like their potato salad and coleslaw, are also made in house. Even the banana bread pudding is made by these bakers, which is topped with pecans and has a pleasant cinnamon cream to compliment the banana bread.

Along with all the great, freshly made breads, the deli continues to impress by using heaps of meats and vegetables on their sandwiches. This makes the meals very filling, but by doing this, the sandwich is not overwhelmed by their fluffy bread (which wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, given how yummy it is).

The Italian came loaded with the three signature meats, plus tomatoes, onions, and even banana peppers, adding a pleasant kick. It was easy to tell that everything on the sandwich was fresh, not just the bread, although between the plethora of ingredients, the vinegar was slightly lost. Still, the sandwich alone was a filling and delicious meal, so some might not find they don’t need to buy a combo meal.

In addition to their permanent menu, Mason Jar also has daily specials that change and can be seen on their Facebook page under the deli’s name. Recently, those specials have involved burgers and spicy chicken, and even chili hotdogs, and every Saturday they sell cheesesteaks.

After you fall in love with their fresh bread, be sure to buy a loaf of your favorite. The prices are open market, so they can change, but usually a loaf is around $3.99, with specialty breads being a dollar more. Mason Jar also sells cheese and meats by the pound, as well as local favorite, Pee Dee Seasoning.

Mason Jar Deli & Market makes a great addition to downtown Conway by bringing in fresh and locally made food while supporting the local economy. By the looks of it, the locals are already happy to support them in return.

If you eat

What | Mason Jar Deli & Market

Where | 1129 3rd Ave, Conway

Hours | 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

Contact |, 843-488-9990

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