Steve's Deli -- They've worked out the bugs and I am very happy
As a former detroiter who was just itching for a good Jewish style deli downtown, I was disappointed the first three or four times I went to Steve's (transplant from Bloomfield, MI).
After yesterday's lunch, I am now ready to sing the praises. First and of foremost importance, they finally got the Detroit "double-baked" seedless peasant-style rye bread correct. This stuff is my nectar of the gods and you'll hopefully all like it too. A little chewy on the inside and crusty on the outside (from the second quick baking before serving). The bread stands up to a nice pile of corned beef and fits well with just about anything in the place. The salads are great and I really like the chicken soup, though the kreplach were a bit too doughy yesterday (they make em fresh so day-to-day they are slightly different.
The service was significantly improved with not one misstep and it was about 3/4 full. My prior experiences were terrible and I must admit in every prior meal, had to send at least one thing back that came out wrong. To level set, it's expected at a deli that you can order anything you want, for example my favorite breakfast of an egg-white omelette with burnt onions, mushrooms and feta. The kitchen now knows how to crisp 'em up and also make my hasbrowns well done.
To those who were unhappy like me the first 6 months, try it again, you'll hopefully like it.