By Kelly Gegg
10:50 AM and the line is wrapped halfway around the block. For the eager, hungry locals, Blues City Deli is the go-to place in the Benton Park neighborhood of South Saint Louis Missouri.
There is a changing daily special, and a main menu of favorites like the Benton Park (ham, roast beef, turkey, and provel cheese), the Veno (hot roast beef with aujus, bacon, and cheese), and the Chicken Shack Ranch (applewood smoked and pulled chicken, bacon, & cheese). You can also get extras like pickles, tomatoes, onions, etc. Prices are quite reasonable, usually less than $10 a sandwich. Plus, for a bit extra, you can “make it a meal” with chips and a drink.
The best suggestion I have is to bring a friend along. Each order a different item and share half. You can try two for the price of one. It’s a great deal; it’s how the locals do it.
Not just known for their food, this joint goes all out on Thursday nights with a great mix of jazz and blues bands. The stage is a step above the main floor. You can reach out and interact with the musicians. Within a few minutes of the show starting, folks will start dancing along.
Don’t miss this exceptional, out of the way deli. Found on the corner of McNair and Victor Streets in South Saint Louis, their hours are 11 AM to 4 PM daily. Closed Sunday and holidays. For more information, visit http://www.bluescitydeli.com, or call 314-773-8225.
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