A Taste of Europe at Cotati’s MaK’s Deli

Authentic German, Hungarian and Swedish dishes along with great deli favorites -- including a killer potato salad.

Crab salad open-feaced sandwich at MaK’s Deli. Heather Irwin/PD

Remember Tuna Noodle Casserole with Potato Chips, Meatballs with Grape Jelly or some other horrifying 1970s recipe mom got clipped from a newspaper? 

Well, feel smug in the knowledge that the well-heeled Swedes have a national dish so horrifying that it makes bacon-wrapped weenies and beans look downright classy: Flying Jacob. Made with a combination of chicken, bacon, cream and (here’s where it gets weird) chili sauce, roasted peanuts and bananas and pineapple, it’s a comfort dish that reached epic popularity in the mid 1970’s.

You’ll find this dish, along with other European specialties like Swedish meatballs, authentic German potato salad, Hungarian gulasch and more at MaK’s Deli in Cotati. One of our favorites: The Swede, with seafood salad, tomatoes, and cucumbers on an open-faced bun.

They’ve also got plenty of regular deli sandwiches and salads for the less adventurous.

101 E. Cotati Blvd., Cotati, 992-0161, maksdeli.com.