Report Card: Sal’s City Deli

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http://salscitydeli.com

Overall GrubGrade B

 

The Breakdown:

Atmosphere:  Grade B:  Sal’s City Deli looks like a deli – both inside and outside.  You know what it’s like when you have a preconceived idea of what something is going to look like before you see it and then it looks exactly like you thought it would.  That’s what I felt when Katina suggested we grab lunch at Sal’s and the place looked exactly like it should have.  It was very busy and noisy, and it definitely appears as though Sal’s is a popular lunch destination for the downtown workforce.  The place was very clean, and it was not uncommon to have someone stop by your table and ask if what you were eating was good.  The interior was small and the tables were fairly close together, but that’s what you expect from a deli.  You’re not going to close any major business deals here (it’s just way too busy and noisy), but since Katina and I aren’t planning any hostile takeovers at the moment, we were pleased with the overall feel of Sal’s City Deli.

High marks:  Clean, looks exactly like you’d expect it to look

Low marks:  Very busy and noisy (good for you, Sal!)

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Service:  Grade A:  To be fair to Sal’s, it is a diner, so we really can’t expect service to be out of this world.  Plus, as I think I’ve already mentioned multiple times, the place was hopping.  But our server, Suzanne, did a really nice job of serving us under less than ideal conditions.  Our drinks were provided quickly and there was less of a wait for our food than we thought.  Plus, the chef came out and greeted all of the diners and made sure we were satisfied with our food.  I love it when they do that.

High marks:  Good service, food arrived promptly

Low marks:   Nothing spectacular about service, but this is a deli, so no surprises

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Food/Spirits:  Grade B:  If you’re reading this in order to see what type alcoholic beverages we drank at Sal’s, you should be ashamed.  We try not to indulge in that type of behavior during lunch, plus, I don’t think they served anything harder than root beer.  We enjoyed a couple of raspberry iced teas, but you don’t care about that, do you?  On to the good stuff.  Katina had an Italian Hoagie and I had the Gumbo.  Here’s some additional information for you all…Katina is a complete sucker for a good Italian sandwich, and I will only turn down a shot at some gumbo if I am in a coma.  While I wouldn’t consider either of us “experts” on either dish, we have lots of experience with them.  Katina liked the Italian Hoagie, but stated it wasn’t the best one she’s had.  Sal’s Gumbo was outstanding.  It was saucy and chunky and had just enough heat that it snuck up on you.  Before I knew it, my nose was starting to run a little and I was draining iced tea like I’d just crawled out of the desert.  When the chef asked me how it was, I told him “perfect.”  His reply was something along the lines of “a beautiful day, with a beautiful woman, it has to be perfect.”  Normally I don’t tolerate this blatant pass directed at my extremely beautiful wife, but I let it slide this time.  The chef was right, anyway.  The whole experience was kind of perfect for lunch.

High marks:  Excellent gumbo

Low marks:  Adequate but not stellar Italian Hoagie

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Value:  Grade B+:  Really good food for two for under $30…you bet this gets a good grade.  If you get the chance, stop by Sal’s.  You’ll be glad you did.

High marks:  Really good food that won’t break the bank — perfect lunch destination

Low marks:  Adequate portion size — you’re probably not going to need the doggie bag

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