In the wide world of sandwiches, there's room both for gut-busters dripping with processed cheese and for sandwiches that, while ample, also appeal to the creative juices. Sauteed with garlic, the roast beef on "The Brassies" ($9) is dressed with jalapeño and banana peppers, pepper jack, horseradish mayo, spicy mustard, and arugula. Though its name is a metaphor for the manliness supposedly required to handle the piquant flavors, you should have no difficulty packing it away. Also shown: Bell and Evans chicken pot pie ($3.50) — home cooking, almost literally, prepared by a guest chef who makes frequent weekend appearances.
There's no pickle barrel to lean on, but locals do wander in and out of The Deli & General Store, sometimes to eat but just as often to pass the time. The rambling, little-of-everything layout is better evoked by the first exterior photo below, in full mid-autumn blush, than by the following, early spring photos, which reveal a new sign for the window. Decoration seems to be a deliberate process, like the preparation of the food; don't expect to hurry. You can always drop a quarter on pinball.
The Deli & General Store
1087 Flushing Ave., unit 103 (Knickerbocker-Porter Aves., inside "The Loom"), Bushwick, Brooklyn