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What to order at Mike's Deli in Arthur Ave Retail Market?

Also, any advice on where to sit? Thanks!

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  1. I've only bought cheese/prosciutto etc. to go, but there are tables right in front of the store at which you can eat.

    1. Get the Italian hero. I craved those for 9 months when I was pregnant. They also have a bread, like a stromboli with potato and cheese, that's also delicious.

      Just sit right in front of the counter and people watch. Arthur Ave is great. Also, don't forget to stop at borgatti's and get some fresh ravioli. They are life changing.

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      1. re: tnhayes0405

        Someone also told me the heros were good too. I think it was the eggplant.....

      2. I haven't noticed if it's still there or not, but Mike's used to have a seating area located to the far left side of his counter. You went up a narrow set of stairs and ate at tables overlooking Hughes Avenue. He might have converted that space now to accomodate storage. If anyone knows for sure, please chime in.

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        1. re: Cheese Boy

          I don't know about seating upstairs but there is some seating right across the aisle from the deli counter. Just sat there a week ago and had an italian combo. hero - One of the best I've ever had and I was raised on them in the Bronx!

        2. Make sure they give you the right order. Twice I've been given something different from what I've ordered.

          1. get the meatball parm hero or i think it's called the Yankee Stadium sandwich. both are completely ridiculous. I'd also suggest getting a pint of the roasted artichokes. they are mindblowing.

            1. The Food Network featured a Bobby Flay throwdown with Mike's Deli. The item being made was their Eggplany Parm. It looked amazing. They thinly cut the eggplant lengthtwise and quickly deep fry it. They also dip each piece of eggplant into tomato sauce as they build the layers. Needlesss to say, Mike's Deli's version won the challenge.

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              1. re: Tay

                I had the eggplant parm there recently and it was DELICIOUS. However, if you really like to taste the eggplant in eggplant parm, you may not like it. I found that the slices were so thin that you mostly tasted the sauce, cheese and breading, etc. The sauce was great though. Also, my mom and I ordered the small plate to split as a snack and it was enormous. My dad ordered one of their sandwiches that was also awesome. Love Mike's!

                1. re: biondanonima

                  Café al Mercato, which is located just to the left of the exit doors (Hughes Avenue doors), has good eggplant also. Many times it's still hot where you can taste the flavor of the good quality olive oil it's fried in. If Mike's line is too long, give Café al Mercato a try. They have *ample* seating, not to worry.

              2. Thanks your suggestions, friends. I had a 1/4 pound of roasted artichokes (awesome), some veal parm, and the Wanderer (sweet sopressata, "dry mozzarella"--tasted like a really good provolone). A great experience and ridiculously tasty food.

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                1. re: D...DF

                  Sounds as though you made some really delicious choices :-}