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[MSP] - Deli sandwich

Jitterbug Aug 28, 2007 09:07 PM


I'm looking for a classic delicatessen-style sandwich in the Twin Cities. Not a sub, or a torta or a bahn mi, (which are all good, too) but a regular deli sandwich with quality filling and bread. Good soup and/or salad sides would be a bonus.

Both of the places I used to go to (in my college years) are now closed - one was a Jewish deli out on 394 and the other was the Dinkydale Deli in Minneapolis...


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    StPauliGirl RE: Jitterbug Aug 29, 2007 05:40 AM

    My money is on The Brothers Deli in downtown Minneapolis. They have all the "classic" deli sandwiches (corned beef, pastrami, turkey, egg salad, lox, etc) and some really good sides. I'm crazy for their potato salad. The drawback is that they are a skyway restaurant and only open on weekdays, so if you don't work somewhere other than downtown it's almost impossible to go there. Someone please correct me if they do indeed have evening/weekend hours, but the last time I checked it was no.

    The runner-up deli, in my mind, is D. Brian's. They have locations outside the locus of downtown Mpls. Large selection of sandwiches, good breads, and they offer more soups than Brothers, and it's delicious soup.

    I know it's a chain, but I'd be curious to see if anyone else thinks Au Bon Pain is worth mentioning in this thread.

    Brothers Deli
    50 S 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

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      NordeastB RE: StPauliGirl Aug 29, 2007 07:30 AM

      I second the recommendation of The Brothers Deli in the Dorsey & Whitney building. A wide variety of cold and hot sandwiches, great pickles and potato salad. If you eat in there is a small, side-dish bar that you can pick items from (e.g., pickled beets, etc.).

      The place brings back distant memories of when they had few a full-service locations back in the late 70's. My first blintz was at the Ridgedale location just around the corner from Dayton's.

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      reannd RE: Jitterbug Aug 29, 2007 06:10 AM

      I was recently in search of the same thing so am excited to hear what people suggest.

      What I found is that The Wedge co-op has a nice selection..

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        snoboardbabe77 RE: reannd Aug 29, 2007 06:35 AM

        I have to admit, I work downtown and I don't mind D Brian's every once in awhile. If you're in St Paul on Como/Snelling, there is Nelson's Cheese and Deli and I have been happy with their selection and the quality of the meats and cheese. I don't know how "classic" this deli-style place is but there is a place off 35/Stinson Blvd. behind Taco Bell and next Patina called Urban Harvest. They have really good quality breads, excellent soup and while they boast sandwiches like turkey/cranberry/goat cheese, they also carry your standard pastrami, egg salad, tuna salad, etc. It's a nice place to eat lunch, it's relatively expensive and you feel warm and fuzzy eating there.

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        Uncle Ira RE: Jitterbug Aug 29, 2007 07:08 AM

        Anyone ever try Acme Deli in St. Paul?? It’s on St. Clair just east of Snelling. I keep meaning to check it out, but I’ve never been there.


        Uncle Ira

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          tart1 RE: Uncle Ira Aug 29, 2007 06:46 PM

          At my place of employment, we use Acme Deli and there has never been a complaint yet. Usually, people comment on how good their "box lunches" are!

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            St Paul Susie RE: Uncle Ira Aug 30, 2007 11:40 AM

            I would highly recommend acme deli. I don't go that often - (not a huge sandwich person) but the few times I've been there its been excellent.

            They close rather early - 3 I think. If they were open later I'd probably go a few more times. And they are closed on weekends.

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              mcgeary RE: St Paul Susie Apr 23, 2008 06:25 PM

              I stopped in to Acme today for the first time, inspired by this thread. It was hoppin' at around 12:15 -- there are a couple of little tables, but it's a small space, and it's mostly takeout business, so people sitting at the tables have to be willing to shift around to accommodate folks who want to reach into the soda coolers behind them.

              I had a roast beef sandwich with Swiss cheese, lettuce, cucumbers & horseradish on an onion roll. It was pretty good -- not enormous (I usually count on deli sandwiches to last me for two meals, and this one was too dainty for that), and the onion roll was very mild, but the roast beef was nice and rare and the horseradish had some punch. The sandwich and a can of soda cost about $5.75. There are also a couple of soups each day, some cookies/bars, and chips available. I'd call Acme a good neighborhood spot (all the more so because of the ice-cream counter across the street, which I didn't hit today but will on the next trip).

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              diesel RE: Uncle Ira Sep 4, 2007 09:44 AM

              ACME would be my first recommendation to the initial poster.

              Golden's Deli downtown St. Paul is also high on my list in the "deli sandwich" category.

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                jenniegirl RE: diesel Apr 22, 2008 09:37 AM

                I've only been to the ACME deli once, but it was really good. When you're there, stop by the drug store next door with the soda fountain, and get an ice cream cone or cup of coffee for five cents.

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                  The Dairy Queen RE: jenniegirl Apr 22, 2008 11:19 AM

                  jenniegirl, isn't the soda fountain you're referring to actually across the street (not next door) from ACME Deli, there on the corner of Snelling and St. Clair?


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                    jenniegirl RE: The Dairy Queen Apr 23, 2008 11:54 AM

                    You are right-it's been a really long time since I've gone there! It is on the corner of Snelling and St. Clair-St. Paul pharmacy maybe? I always get happy because sometimes they have chocolate peanut butter ice cream (not peanut butter cup-but the rich chocolate kind with ribbons of peanut butter) It's hard to come by-They only have two flavors usually, but sometimes they have it. The other place that has it is that little ice cream place in Har Mar.
                    Anyway, the ice cream there is really cheap-it used to be under a dollar. If you order a triple scoop to go (still really cheap) they will pack it into a big syrofoam cup-which for me replaces Ben and Jerry's! I think they also have something called phosphates (not sure what it is) and I've gotten some good vanilla cokes. It's a great place to people watch. I should walk down there today....

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                      The Dairy Queen RE: jenniegirl Apr 23, 2008 11:56 AM

                      Oh good--it's the same place I'm thinking of. Yes, I think it's called St. Paul Pharmacy or something similar.

                      But, hmmmm...now I'm trying to imagine an ice cream shop in Har Mar. It's been a few months since I've been to Har Mar. Is the ice cream shop new?


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                        tex.s.toast RE: The Dairy Queen Apr 23, 2008 05:31 PM

                        St Paul Corner Drug is the name you were looking for - its got that more old timey feel when compared to Pharmacy.

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                          diesel RE: tex.s.toast Apr 24, 2008 02:55 PM

                          OK I know we're getting off topic, but I had to chuckle when I read your post tex.s, because I grew up in that part of St. Paul and that little place at the corner of Snelling and St. Clair (kittycorner from the St. Clair Broiler) was called "Sundberg Pharmacy" for ages - until new owners bought and renamed it and just five or so years ago!

                          A note of caution: Don't go there in search of "good" ice cream. I'm pretty sure it's Kemps brand. But it is super cheap, and a fun, old-fashioned experience to sit at the counter.

                          For those who love phosphates, Snuffy's Malt Shops (4 metro locations) also have them - in cherry, chocolate, or lime.


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                          jenniegirl RE: The Dairy Queen Apr 23, 2008 11:07 PM

                          I think it's been there forever. I think it's called Sundays or something like that. It's inside the mall, just a little counter. Go out of Barnes and Noble, turn right and you should see it. I think it might be by the guy cutting keys...

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                          Uncle Ira RE: jenniegirl Apr 23, 2008 01:10 PM

                          Ooooo.... Phosphates! ! ! Kind of an old-fashioned term, I don’t see them on menus anymore. It’s basically just charged water and syrup, (chocolate phosphate, lime phosphate, vanilla phosphate, etc....) Sort of like an ice cream soda minus the ice cream.

                          I have very strong, very happy memories of going out to eat with my parents and being told that I couldn’t have my chocolate phosphate till I had cleaned my plate.

                          Boy, would I eat fast....

                          Uncle Ira

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                  HuaGung RE: Jitterbug Aug 29, 2007 07:25 AM

                  Try Crossroads Deli. It's very good, and makes me miss the Lincoln Del alot.

                  Crossroads Delicatessen
                  2795 Hedberg Dr, Hopkins, MN 55305

                  1. drew13000 RE: Jitterbug Aug 29, 2007 11:25 AM

                    There's a Jewish grocery store right at the V where W. Lake St. turns into Excelsior and Hwy 7(?), I think it's call Fishman's? They have good deli sandwiches. Right next door is a restaurant that I think people have mentioned have good desserts, but I can't remember the name of that, either! Maybe someone can help?

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                      g rote RE: drew13000 Aug 29, 2007 12:33 PM

                      Fishman's is a Kosher Deli (unlike any of the other delis that have been or will be mentioned here)....which means no cheese on your sandwich, no butter on your grilled reuben.

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                        pgokey RE: g rote Aug 29, 2007 07:43 PM

                        That's not necessarily a bad thing. There are ways of making sandwiches that are plenty yummy and still Kosher. Your post kinda sounds like Kosher food is not as good.

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                          tart1 RE: pgokey Aug 29, 2007 08:18 PM

                          Actually, I read g rote's post and understood it for what it said, and immediately paired it with Cecil's Deli in St. Paul (on Cleveland, just down from Randolph and Cleveland). Kosher cooking is a way of life for a lot of people, and it's not a negative....Actually, g rote's post is a positive sign in that it shows some people cruising this list, with dietary restrictions, that there ARE places they can visit and eat well outside of the home!!

                          I think Fishman's sounds like a good place to visit!! Where's it located?

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                            cayjohan RE: tart1 Aug 29, 2007 09:21 PM

                            tart 1, are you saying, as I think you are, that Cecil's is a good place for Kosher? I hope so, and I reference a lunch there a couple of weeks ago.

                            Table next to us (yes, we are shameless voyeurs): "I'll have a sandwich with the Kosher bologna(sic: baloney) sausage and the provolone cheese." Sez waiter ( the guy who's always there; if you go, you know who I mean) "Em...you really want the baloney AND the cheese?" Sez patron, "If it's Kosher baloney." Waiter sighs, asks again (with the CHEESE?), and takes order and delivers.

                            My point is: Cecil's actually seems to care about Kosher (at least enough to ask), or at least that's what it seems to me.. Is that what you meant with your refererence? Or is Cecil's a place that place loose with the rules? I'd like to know, as I have a number of friends who keep Kosher...and I love Cecil's.

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                              tart1 RE: cayjohan Aug 29, 2007 09:49 PM

                              I'm definitely NOT an expert on kosher. I'm a lapsed Lutheran!! I read a lot and am curious about cultures and religions and food, and a lot more!!

                              Read http://twincities.citysearch.com/prof... for a review.

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                                katebauer RE: cayjohan Aug 29, 2007 11:00 PM

                                Cecil's is not a Kosher restaurant. Based on their website, they never claim to be. Kosher restaurants will never serve/handle dairy if they are a meat restaurant and vice versa.

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                                  cayjohan RE: katebauer Aug 29, 2007 11:13 PM

                                  Kate, do you know if there are there any strIctly Kosher restaurants in MSP?

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                                    katebauer RE: cayjohan Aug 29, 2007 11:28 PM

                                    Fishman's and Little Tel Aviv are the only ones I know of and can find with a quick Google search. Fishman's does sell dairy in their market area but based on their menu it seems like they never cook with it for their deli/bakery area. I don't keep Kosher though so others might be able to contribute much more than I can.

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                                      weinstein5 RE: katebauer Aug 30, 2007 04:44 AM

                                      That is correct - Fishman's and LIttle Tel Aviv are the only kosher restaurans in MSP - Byerly's in St Louis Park also has a strictly kosher deli -

                                      Kate you are correct - restaurants will either be dairy or meat because they will need to maintain seperate kitchens - so for fishman's their food prep/cooking area will be either meat or pareve(dairy free) - I believe fishman's bakery is dairy free -

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                                weinstein5 RE: tart1 Aug 29, 2007 09:48 PM

                                I keep kosher and have eaten at Fishman's many times - the food is ver good and the sandwiches are plenty filling - easpecially the Fresser sandwiches (their overstuffed sandwiches) - http://fishmanskosher.com/daily.shtml

                                Fishman's Delicatessen and Bakery
                                4100 Minnetonka Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416

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                                  cayjohan RE: weinstein5 Aug 29, 2007 10:30 PM

                                  Fishman's sound great! Checked out the website and it's making me hingry at...what?! midnight-thirty?! Yikes!

                                  Thanks for the recommendation.

                            2. re: g rote
                              drew13000 RE: g rote Aug 30, 2007 08:11 AM

                              I'm positive that their turkey sandwich had cheese on it--provolone, I think. Turkey, cheese, lettuce, tomato, on a really delicious challah roll.

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                                katebauer RE: drew13000 Aug 30, 2007 08:30 AM

                                Who's 'their' in that sentence? Fishman's? If so, could it have been a soy-based cheese? I looked at their menu and even the cheesecakes don't have dairy in them.

                          2. cayjohan RE: Jitterbug Aug 29, 2007 12:26 PM

                            We're partial to Cecil's on Cleveland Avenue in Highland Park (a few blocks north of Ford Parkway). The sandwich list is extensive, the portions generous, the Rueben makes me want to cry for joy, and the sweet and sour coleslaw is wonderful. They also have a bakery counter and grocery items.

                            651 Cleveland Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116

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                              snoboardbabe77 RE: cayjohan Aug 29, 2007 01:33 PM

                              I think you are talking about Yum Cafe and Bakery??? They have good desserts and they have pretty darn good food too (including some good comfort food). I've had a few sandwiches there, a smoked turkey spicy quesadilla....and I've always been pleased with the food, the service and the prices. However, parking is not always fun.....

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                                pgokey RE: snoboardbabe77 Aug 29, 2007 07:44 PM

                                They use lunch meat in that turkey quesadilla, if I recall. It was a disappointment to me because of that.

                                Yum! is a little overpriced at times, too.

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                                  cayjohan RE: snoboardbabe77 Aug 29, 2007 10:34 PM

                                  Nope, different restaurant. See "places" for this thread.

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                                    KTFoley RE: cayjohan Aug 30, 2007 07:05 AM

                                    The reference to Yum Cafe looks like a response to someone else's post -- to the person who was trying to remember the name of the restaurant next to Fishmans.

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                                      snoboardbabe77 RE: KTFoley Aug 30, 2007 08:19 AM


                                      Are you sure about that? Mine had shredded turkey as if it had been the day after I'd used thanksgiving turkey - with spices on it? I would hope they were not using lunch meat and I would think I could tell the difference. when did you last go there? I might need to go back here soon to see if you are indeed correct.

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                                        pgokey RE: snoboardbabe77 Aug 30, 2007 03:55 PM

                                        I was there about 5 or 6 weeks ago. The thing was as flat as a pancake - it was very obviously lunchmeat.

                                        They change their menu about once a week, though, if I recall. We may have had very different sandwiches. But knowing they felt free to use lunch meat once makes me less than in a hurry to try again.

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                                fred the fressor RE: Jitterbug Aug 30, 2007 12:27 PM

                                C'mon everyone, there is no contest! Pastrami Jack's at Shady Oak Road and 494 in Eden Prairie. They have their pastrami , cornbeef and brisket sent from the Carnegie Deli in NYC.

                                Cecil's used to be good. You can still buy kosher hotdogs there. They last time I had a pastrami sandwich there it was soggy and just about lifeless. They have a great bakery. Their rye bread, strudel, and rugalah are top of the line. However the bagels are from the bottom of the barrel. At home, we wouldn't even recognize them as bagels. More like puffy bread rings.

                                Pastrami Jack's is run by a bunch of guys from Toronto. They serve up overstuffed sandwiches and bring you side dishes of pickles and coleslaw. Their brisket is also done right. This is the type of place, if they are not busy, Jack will sit down at your table and ask you how is the food.

                                There are few places in MSP that I say this about: it is worth the drive.

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                                  Latinpig RE: fred the fressor Sep 4, 2007 12:20 PM

                                  The Brothers downtown Mpls. is the handsdown winner.

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                                    GastronautMN RE: fred the fressor Sep 7, 2007 09:00 PM

                                    Cecil's "Just Like New York" pastrami sandwich has my vote. There outstanding slaw makes it.

                                    Has anyone had a sandwich from Clancey's? I've gotten a lot of things there but never had one of their sandwiches. I belive they roast their own beef and turkey and they normally have a couple kinds of Niman Ranch salamis. They really only have a bench out front so it is take out only. You'll be forced to eat down by Lake Harriet.

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                                      jenniegirl RE: GastronautMN Apr 22, 2008 09:44 AM

                                      I love Cecil's. I always order half a rueben (which is really a whole using the small pieces of bread from the beginning of the loaf. Then I get some blinzes to go. Yum yum yum yum.

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                                      French Canadian RE: fred the fressor Sep 9, 2007 10:35 AM

                                      Pastrami Jack's is the best deli around. I work nearby and it's a favorite spot for lunch. Like the earlier poster said, the sandwiches are huge and the corned beef and pastrami are great. At lunchtime there is a small help-yourself area where you can load up on pickles and coleslaw. The staff are always attentive, and even on busy days (and it can be very busy at lunchtime), someone stops by your table to ask if everything was OK.

                                      Crossroads Deli is also good. They have a bigger menu and more relaxed atmosphere.

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                                      soupkitten RE: Jitterbug Apr 22, 2008 01:01 PM

                                      nick & eddies is not a deli but their pastrami sandwich on rye is FANTASTIC and i gotta tell the world. whew. thanks for that, i feel much better. it's on the lunch menu only. and the cookies kick butt too.

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                                        KTFoley RE: Jitterbug Apr 22, 2008 01:11 PM

                                        I know Patrami Jack's was mentioned already, and Dragon doesn't want the post to be buried in a more general thread, but he or she seemed to find the holy grail of pastrami & corned beef.


                                        Edited to fix the pronouns that were tripping over one another..:).

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                                          Dragon RE: KTFoley Apr 22, 2008 02:38 PM

                                          Hmmm...I'm a big fan of the anonymity of the 'net, and wish I could extend my gender identity in a more neutral fashion...but I'm enough of a straddler between the boom and gen-x to want my gender identified correctly. Call it his or him....

                                          Fat, bald and proud.....


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                                          Danny RE: Jitterbug Apr 24, 2008 10:01 AM

                                          First off, I'm shocked that this thread has gone on as long as it has with no mention of Bewitched.

                                          Absolutely top notch sandwiches, although you pay for the quality.

                                          For more of the "deli atmosphere" I second (and third, and fourth!) the mention of Nelson's.

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                                            KTFoley RE: Danny Apr 24, 2008 01:06 PM

                                            Maybe not so shocked in this case, though that has nothing to do with that particular sandwich spot:

                                            There's been a little uptick in old threads being re-opened in the last couple of weeks. The question was asked & settled for the OP in about a 10-day time span last fall. Be'wiched opened after that, didn't it?

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                                              Danny RE: KTFoley Apr 24, 2008 02:48 PM

                                              Silly me! I should have checked the dates.

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