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Victoria Texas Fossati’s Delicatessen

In Victoria Texas, just a short distance from the the old county courthouse on South Main Street, you can find Fossati’s Delicatessen. On the front of this old building they stake their own claim: “Oldest in Texas.” The Texas Historical Commission Official Medallion certainly adds some credibility to this claim. It seems that Italian immigrant Fraschio (“Frank”) N. Fossati opened his first delicatessen in Victoria Texas in 1882. The building on South Main Street was actually constructed in 1995 by Frank to house his already successful restaurant. According to the text on the THC medallion, Fossati’s Delicatessen is one of the oldest remaining commercial structures in Victoria. On the Fossati’s menu they claim to “rank no less than near the top of the list of bar rooms, saloons and dance halls so dear to our Lone Star state.”

The day I was there, I didn’t see any card games or gun fights. Nothing that would stop you from bringing along the spouse and children. Fossati’s did cause me to think of places my parents frequented years ago. Hardwood floors and dark woodwork, well lit, clean, and busy. There’s a bar on the right side of the room as you walk into the place. At noon on Friday the place was packed, but no one was at the bar. The crowd was predominantly professionals, most likely out of the nearby offices.

Fossati’s is unique. In a time when just about every restaurant is a franchise, a place that marches to its own tune is refreshing. The menu featured popular German and Italian dishes. The service was quite good, based on my experience, and the prices were reasonable. Look this place up when your in town. I’m guessing it’s going to be around for a while longer.

Location

302 S Main St
Victoria, TX 77901

More Information

Texas State Historical Commission Sites Atlas – http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/

County: Victoria

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4 Comments

  1. Bridget Guajardo says:

    Great article!! It’s all true…a great place to dine in or dine out.

  2. Florentino Douglas Garcia says:

    My understanding is that the class of ’60 is having a function on Friday Oct 8 in conjunction with the class reunion of classes of ’59 thru ’62. Only the class of ’61 is going to the function at Fossati’s due to limited space. Since I used to work there when I was in grade school as a dish washer years ago (the ’50s ), I would like to visit and see what changes have been made since I was there. Will you please send me the days and times that it is open to the public.

    Thank You in advance for any and all information that you can give me.

    Florentino Douglas Garcia

  3. Sam says:

    Fosatti’s has a Facebook page now.

  4. Will be flying from Indianapolis,IN on Oct 7 so that I can have lunch on Oct 8 around 12 noon. Am inviting ’61 Victoria High School graduates to join me for lunch.

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