The 7 Best Delis in St. Louis


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       Mmm, Kopperman's. | Madelaine Azar

Kopperman's Delicatessen
(386 N. Euclid Avenue; 314-361-0100)

Kopperman's is the quintessential New York delicatessen that just so happens to be a St. Louis institution. This place is serious about sandwiches: they're towering stacks of meats and cheeses, including one of the city's standout roast beef sandwiches ("Love at First Bite"). Oversized antique circus posters have decorated the walls for ages, and the outdoor seating area is maybe the best spot to take in the comings and goings of Euclid. The breakfast/brunch has to be one of the best in St. Louis (including the do-it-yourself bloody mary bar). One tip: Kopperman's is open late into the night on weekends, which means potato pancakes and slingers are waiting after you're kicked out of the bars.

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       The classics at Blues City Deli. | Madelaine Azar

Blues City Deli
(2438 McNair Avenue; 314-773-8225)

There's no great secret to Blues City Deli's success, just classic sandwiches that make you regret all those times you settled for self-made ham and cheese. The muffuletta, Italian beef dipped in jus and salsiccia, is the reason the phrase "mouth-watering" exists. The "7th Street Sicilian" is probably the best Italian cold-cut sandwich imaginable -- the Provel cheese is, of course, sublime. The concert posters, album covers and photos that cover the walls at Blues City Deli give it a definite New Orleans feel, and Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons in this Benton Park deli feature free live concerts from blues artists and more. On these days, your best bet is the sweet (or spicy -- you choose) "Memphix Stax" -- pulled pork piled high and topped with slaw.

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tokertim
tokertim

awful list.. sad old tired places like carl's and kopperman's.. and missing the best sandwich makers in the stl.. pickels deli

bigern314
bigern314

Went to Kopperman's after reading how it was a great NY style deli...well to say I was disappointed was an understatement.  Got a half corned beef sandwich and it was tiny.  Piled high meat? Please.  First and last time I ever went there.  Blues City Deli was OK but very average.  Nothing compared to good delis on the Hill. 

And where is Eovaldi's on this list?  Best deli sandwiches in the city.

rhclingenpeel
rhclingenpeel

Well, at least this was a better story than where to find the best french fries in St. Louis.  After that ground-breaking story I was expecting a follow up:  "Where to find the 7 best ranch dressings in St. Louis."


Although I might take issue with those on this list (Blues City - -which tries to mimic New Orleans neighborhood fare without really coming close) it is not a bad list. And although there may be unanimous agreement or disapproval, this was a much better food story.

Speaker222
Speaker222

Blues City Deli is unquestionably the most overrated deli in all of St. Louis. I mean, it's fine, but that line? Give me a break. LaGrande's easily has better sandwiches.

jcthelilly
jcthelilly topcommenter

Good list.  Vivola Express in Maryland Heights is also very good.  Maybe we could have made this a top 10 list and included three more?  Why seven? 

Ladie Bugg
Ladie Bugg

Mmmmm corned beef on pumpernickel

Barry Bean
Barry Bean

Kopperman's Tongue Fu is a thing of beauty. I know what I want for lunch.

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