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Squares Deli is story of the American dream in Lake Forest, CA

Squares Deli


Ali and Mina Neaimi-Pour lived in London, United Kingdom and came to Lake Forest, CA to visit family. They fell in love with California’s weather and the friendly city of Lake Forest. They were restaurateurs by trade having successful pizza restaurants in London and decided to open up a pizza place as their first venture. It didn’t do so well since SoCal has so much competition with chains and local pizza parlors who had already established a following. Ali and Mina decided to look into franchising. Schlotzsky’s, an up and coming chain from Texas, seemed like the best fit for them. The location, at the time, was situated in a busy shopping center with a Diedrich’s Coffee on the corner and Staples as the main anchor for the center. But due to lull in the economy, businesses started closing up shop. Diedrich’s started closing their retail locations across the country. Staples started downsizing their locations as well. In 2013, Schlotzsky’s decided not to renew their franchise license unless they moved to another location. The new location was not favorable so they decided to open their own deli shop. In July 2013, the location became Squares Deli. It is a place where Ali and Mina know everybody by name. They treat their customers like family and they feed their family the freshest ingredients possible. Ali even makes bread daily with a strict 36 hour rule of freshness. If there is any bread past 36 hours old, it is donated to a local food bank. With this new venture, he needed to source all new vendors for his meats and vegetables. The difference is in the taste with organic meats and fresh vegetables that Ali personally picks out.

kale, spinach and arugula with mango, avocado, sliced almonds and  maple shallot  balsamic
kale, spinach and arugula with mango, avocado, sliced almonds and maple shallot balsamic
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Beef & Provolone is thinly sliced London broil, provolone, mushrooms, caramelized onions and horseradish. Similar to one of my favorites from Schlotzsky’s menu, it tasted even better with sliced rare beef and an ample horseradish kick. The squaw bread, shaped into a square, was amazingly chewy with a chocolate-like finish. Thumbs up, way up!

Thai Peanut Crunch is chicken, peanut sauce, shredded carrots, Napa and red cabbage, cucumber, cilantro, bean sprouts, avocado and sliced almonds wrapped inside of a spinach tortilla. This was a nice change to the ordinary sandwich. Asian inspired with the peanut sauce and bean sprouts, the wrap had a refreshingly zingy flavor. The avocado rounded out the sandwich by balancing it with a cool, creamy flavor. There are a lot of different textures so it will keep your mouth happy. Thumbs up, way up!

Ranch Hand Soup is described as “smoked and shredded chicken with vegetables and pasta in a hearty rich whiskey BBQ broth topped with shredded cheddar and avocado”. The soup tasted like a cross between a minestrone and cowboy chili. Great soup for a cold winter day, yet light enough for spring/summer day as well. Thumbs up!

Stop by and grab a bite to eat for lunch or dinner! Let’s Squares Deli make you part of their family!

Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Décor: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars

For more information:
Squares Deli
22611 Lake Forest Dr Ste C1
Lake Forest, CA 92630

  • Need catering for an office function or family party? Call or email Ali with your details: 949.586.1003 or

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