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Bites Nearby: Francis Food Mart

This modest supermarket in west Watertown has a deli counter in it with fresh-roasted meats, fresh-made salads, homemade sandwiches and subs and hearty winter stews.

This old-style supermarket at 1084 Belmont St. in Watertown features a deli with a good assortment of sandwiches, subs, pre-cooked dishes and salads. All the food is made in-house by Karyl, the woman who will probably be serving you as well.

What to eat: The meats are particularly good, with the roast beef and turkey cooked right in the store. There are both standard hot and cold subs and sandwiches, like ham and cheese, meatballs, chicken salad, egg salad, macaroni salad, and weekly specials, such as chicken cutlet, tomato and cucumber salad and fried zucchini.

The vibe: The deli counter is a flashback to the 1950s, with friendly and prompt service by someone who actually makes the food.

Cool factor no. 1: The deli dishes cost quite a bit less than they would in a more-central location in Watertown or Waltham; for instance, a chicken salad sandwich on whole-wheat bread with trimmings is $4.

Cool factor no. 2: While you're waiting for a sandwich or sub, check out the dairy section in the back of the store for regular deals on yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and other products.

Cool factor no. 3: On your way out, you can get a cup of coffe (Green Mountain, $1 for a cup) or tea (PG Tips, the favorite English teabag).

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