February 19, 2019 – The long-awaited new Salinas location for Wild Thyme is set to open this weekend. “It’s going to be everything we used to do in Marina and more,” says owner Terry Teplitzky, who closed his Marina deli last June to concentrate on building out the new location at 1366 S. Main St. next door to Zeph’s One Stop.
Teplitzky’s homemade corned beef and pastrami will still play a starring role on the menu, but the new spot will be open from 6:30am to 8:30pm so breakfast items have been added, including bagels and lox flown in from the East Coast. He’s using Brooklyn’s ACME Smoked Fish to also source herring, whiting and smoked whitefish—making Wild Thyme this closest thing to an East Coast deli to be found in the Monterey Bay area.
Brunch will be served Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30am to 3pm with mimosas and bloody Marys and the full deli menu will be available all day.
But for the Salinas location, Teplitzky is starting out with about a dozen new dinner entrees including hanger steak, fish of the day, pasta specials and fish & chips. One of his favorite entrees is a take off on a classic dish from Abalonetti’s on Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey called the The Marty Special. “It’s calamari steaks over fried eggplant with marinara and provolone and mozzarella,” says Teplitzky. “It was the first meal I ever had when I came to Monterey in 1980 and I still get hungry for it. So I asked (Abalonetti owner) Kevin Phillips if he minded if I made it and he happily agreed.”
The dining room at the new Wild Thyme—which was formerly the home of Portobello—seats about 50 and there’s an outdoor patio with seating for an additional 45 diners. He also plans to serve appetizer plates to patrons at Zeph’s One Stop next door.
Teplitzky—a native of Atlantic City, New Jersey—has lived in Salinas for the past 29 years and opened the second location of his Boardwalk Sub Shop there 11 months ago. The first location is on Alvarado St. in downtown Monterey. He says he recently added burgers to the extensive menu of authentic East Coast subs at the request of burger-loving California customers.