Even in our gross-post-yoga-workout-sweaty states, we were welcomed warmly by several people, from the girl working behind the counter, to the chefs (who were singing a nice rendition of some song I can’t remember right now) to the lovely gentleman who rang us up (the owner perhaps?). Right away, we liked the place–and we hadn’t had a bite to eat yet!
The deli is located in what used to be a home in the 9th and 9th district. The atmosphere was what you would expect of a deli, although everything seemed just a little more “put together” than I was expecting. 9th South Delicatessen is darling with its yellow walls, shelves of unique and local items such as honey and sea salts, and seating areas that make you feel like you are enjoying a meal in someone’s home.
We asked what they were “known for” and got a very quick response–the Pastrami and the Ruben. Russ went for the Ruben and I decided to go for a turkey option, the “Bill Riley’s ESPN 700″ (whatever ESPN 700 means…I am hardly an ESPN watcher…). The Ruben ($8.95 for a “small”) was incredibly delicious. It may have been one of the best Rubens I have had in a long time. 9th Corned Beef, Swiss Cheese, Sauerkraut, Russian Dressing, served on Rye Bread–it was traditional and wonderful. The Bill Riley sandwich was loaded with 9th Roasted Turkey, Avocado, Cabbage, Chipotle in Adobo Sauce, served on Farm Bread ($7.95 for a “small”). The Bill Riley was delicious as well. It was a combination of ingredients that I have never had or really thought about putting together before. Turkey and cabbage? Chipotle sauce? It worked. The only thing I think it was missing was cheese. That bad boy really needed some ooey gooey cheese.
Each sandwich comes with a 9th Street Delicatessen side dish. There are plenty to choose from in the deli case such as boiled beets, coleslaw, or bow-tie pasta. Russ went with the Couscous and I ordered the Tomatoes and Mozzarella, because frankly, I can’t ever pass those items up. The Couscous was light, fresh, and a little spicy with tomatoes and cucumbers and the Tomatoes and Mozzarella were perfectly seasoned with cracked black pepper, sea salt, and basil. Both dishes were obviously fresh, handmade, using top-shelf ingredients. It was a perfect lunch to fill you up, but not make you feel like you over did it. And honestly, what Ruben sandwich have you ever had that can make you feel like that?
So if you are craving a true-life deli sandwich–check out 9th South Delicatessen. Forgo the old washed up sandwich joints with their pre-sliced “deli” meat and plastic cheese! Revolt! Support your local friends and get a REAL sandwich.
9th South Delicatessen
931 East 900 South