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Best place for deli meats--MSP?

alpa chino Sep 8, 2010 03:18 PM

I have a hard time trying to find some decent roast beef, turkey, and other cold cuts. Cub is horrible. Rainbow is so-so. The boar's head stuff they sell at byerly's-lunds is somewhat okay. But there's got to be something better out there, for the price. Where do you guys get yours?

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    kevin47 Sep 8, 2010 10:26 PM

    Be'Wiched provides it wares off-sale. Prices will be about double that of the grocers, but it's an excellent example of getting what you pay for. You can always try out a sandwich and see if it's worth it to you.

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      alpa chino Sep 10, 2010 02:01 PM

      I checked out Be'wiched when I was getting some soup today. I never knew they sold their meats, breads, cheeses, and sauces separately. 1/2 pound of meat is $7 but that's okay if it's good. They didn't have regular turkey, only smoked. I hate smoked turkey.

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      baa Sep 9, 2010 08:26 AM

      I go to Clancey's in Linden Hills--it's the same fresh-sliced meat they use for their sandwiches. I've also heard very good things about the Wedge's deli meats (the fresh-sliced, not the pre-packaged), but have never tried it.

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        JimGrinsfelder Sep 9, 2010 09:00 AM

        Broder's, Cossetta's, Cecil's, France 44 Deli or St. Paul Cheese Shop, or Surdyk's Cheese Shop might have what you're seeking.

        Boar's Head Turkey-Pastrami is better than most of the run-of-the-mill grocery deli-counter turkey to my taste.

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          foreverhungry Sep 9, 2010 11:14 AM

          Buon Giorno in Lillydale is my favorite for high quality at a reasonable price. Never been disappointed by anything I've had there. I would go to Surdyk's more often for deli meats (also top notch), but it's not as close to me as Buon Giorno is. You can also try the Seward co-op on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. They have a phenomenal meat counter - one of the best in the area. Their sausages and other charcuterie are excellent, but I haven't tried their deli meats. In my experience, the folks at BG, Surdyk's, and Seward co-op have allways been very nice, no snooty attitude like at some other purveyors of meats.

          You can also try Delmonico's in NE Minneapolis (1112 Summer Street Northeast). It's a small mom-and-pop style Italian shop. They might not have everything you need, but the stuff there is good quality at a reasonable price. And the guys that work there are a riot. The place is worth a visit.

          If you're looking for high end stuff, I can tell you about a shop in Philly that does mail order of some of the best charcuterie around.

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            JimGrinsfelder Sep 10, 2010 05:18 AM

            Wow, I totally forgot about Buon Giorno! They've got a terrific deli counter. It's a shame that the Surdyk's operation at the airport is behind the security lines. That's at least close to the Buon Giorno area.

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            keithinmpls Sep 9, 2010 12:16 PM

            Keep an eye open for Mike Phillips' new venture (formerly the executive chef at Craftsman).


            It's not up and running yet, but I can't WAIT until it is. This guy seriously knows charcuterie.

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              faith Sep 9, 2010 10:36 PM

              Fishman's fancier roast turkey is quite good- they have a cheaper variety and a house-roasted type- get the more pricey one. I have tried Clancey's turkey and found it rather bland and dry despite the hype.

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                alpa chino Sep 10, 2010 04:48 AM

                Nice. It looks like it's a ways off though with that retail outlet. But I could dig a nice charcuterie. Nothing too expensive, but appropriately priced for good quality.

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                  BigE Sep 10, 2010 07:44 AM

                  Phillips' offerings probably won't be cheap. From what I've heard, he spends HOURS on just a few pounds of charcuterie.

              2. Uisge Sep 10, 2010 10:59 AM

                I've been pleased with the deli meats at Seward Coop. Especially the turkey.

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                  faith Sep 10, 2010 01:32 PM

                  just read that Heartland's deli/market is opening today or tomorrow, they should have something ..

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                    alpa chino Sep 10, 2010 01:58 PM

                    I was there this morning, getting some breakfast. I didn't see a deli section. They had a fish/meat section. But all their cold cuts were packaged in plastic. Is that what you're referring to?

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                    alpa chino Sep 21, 2010 07:33 AM

                    Holy God! Seward Co-op's turkey is fantastic. It tastes like........real turkey. If only their soups tasted half as good.

                    Next stop, Surdyks.

                    Thanks for the tip.

                    1. NugarifiK Sep 21, 2010 10:30 AM

                      Don't forget abour France 44 in Mpls and St. Paul. Nice selection of imported meats including a couple kinds of Iberico among other delicious meats and cheeses. Also a wonderful place to stop in for a sandwich.

                      France 44 Wines & Spirits
                      4351 France Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

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