I first learned about Oy Vey Bakery & Deli after Googling dining options in Terre Haute, IN & finding this random guide published years ago. These dining cliffnotes of sorts are written by a professor at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Tech, seemingly intended for those who moved to Terre Haute from larger cities. Dr. Thom mentions Oy Vey’s homemade bagels and kosher deli meats, adding it’s a popular brunch pick for students.
Oy Vey is tucked away in a quiet neighborhood about 10-15 minutes from the I-70 exit. If you are in a hurry, you could find faster food more conveniently located near the freeway, but if you are looking for a break from the road, it’s worth considering.
The woman who warmly welcomed me also took my order and prepared my meal. I’m guessing she was the owner. We chatted a little bit and I told her about my road trip to Ohio. She offered me a glass of water and the internet password while I waited in the dining room with while friendly college students lunched.
On this day, lox was not available, so I ordered a falafel sandwich instead. Per usual, I ordered it dressed with the works. I was anxious to return to the road and join my friends at Cedar Point. Therefore, I’m not sure why I thought a falafel sandwich would be easy to eat in the car. It just sounded so good.
After a short wait, the owner handed me my order. I could tell right away that the sandwich was huge. There was no way I could eat this on the road; it was almost as long as my forearm!
The pita bread was lined with crunchy halves of falafal balls, and loaded with veggies and sauces. The bread itself was spread with a thick sauce similar in texture to chili or bean dip. It even tasted a little bit southwestern, too.
This sandwich tasted different from the typical falafel sandwiches dressed with tzatziki, but I still enjoyed it. It provided more than enough sustenance to get me to Ohio. And like I mentioned, the owner went out of her way to make this solo traveler feel welcome here.
Oy Vey Bakery & Deli
2170 N 13th St.
Terre Haute, IN
Closed Friday evenings & Saturdays