Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hidden Gem: Blues City Deli

Twitter, Facebook, and local foodie review sites have blown UP over the past few months with raving reviews of Blues City Deli in Benton Park- South City. The biggest praise? The infamous muffuletta.

As Steve recently discovered (and developed a slightly abnormal obsession with) the muffuletta sandwich during our recent trip to New Orleans, I figured this to be a perfect lunch date for the two of us.

We arrived to find this...
... which I hear is a typical lunch crowd at Blues Street Deli- line out the door. Though what everyone said was correct: the line moves quickly, it is well worth the wait, and seating is not an issue.

When we pulled up to find several St. Louis City police cars and firetrucks, we grew slightly concerned. Though this...
... not only eased our mind, but guaranteed a decent lunch. 2 dozen of the city's finest is a good sign, I would say. =)

What everyone said was correct...
... the muffuletta, particularly the olive tapanade that smothers it, is fresh, delicious, made with mostly local ingredients, and large enough to feed two.

The deli itself is warm, intimate, and filled with a lot of character and interesting blues music paraphernalia.

In addition, to live up to it's name...
Yep, live music 2 days a week. Our last visit was the last week of May, so I apologize that the music calender is outdated. The latest one can be found HERE.

Overall, Blues City Deli is a total keeper and a true city gem. The menu is ENORMOUS and while it isn't exactly a ladies-who-lunch type of establishment, it a fantastic place to meet for a casual bite with friends.

Tasty food, affordable prices, and a warm /welcoming vibe. We will definitely be back and agree with the hype! Great find.


Blues City Deli

Benton Park- South City

2438 McNair Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63104
(314) 773-8225

Mon-Sat: 11AM-4PM
Thursdays: 11AM-7:45PM