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10.16.08

First Bite:Steve’s Deli

Bites: News and Miscellany


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From our West Loop Bureau, a report on Steve’s Deli (354 W. Hubbard) from our man Dave Lewis, who is more real Detroit than Eminem, Kid Rock, Bob Seger, The MC5, and the White Stripes all put together (and most importantly a native Detroit deli denizen).

It is with the giddy smile of a little school girl that I happily report to you that a “Detroit Style” deli has finally made it’s way west of Orchard Lake Road… and landed here, in the land of pizza and wind.

Yes, Steve’s Deli is open. Finally.

And today, I made my initial pilgrimage to Mecca.

–YES. The bread IS “Detroit style” double baked seedless rye. Not as crispy-crusted as some in The Motherland, but a zillion times better than the seeded shingles they pass off as rye bread here.

–YES. The corned beef IS cut thicker and against the grain, as is custom in the homeland and NYC.

–YES. They serve Vernor’s… albeit from a can…

–YES. It has a full menu featuring the usual combo sandwiches and big salads and all the other stuff you’d expect.

–YES. It’s a sit-down restaurant with wait-staff and menus.

–YES. Carry out seems to be a popular option.

–YES. It passes the Detroit Deli test.

–NO. Parking is still problematic. There are meters and costly pay lots aplenty… but the location near the East Bank Club means it’s a crowded hood.

–NO. Don’t bother with the fries. McDonald’s style… nothing great… and, at $3.75, the side is large enough for a table of 4. Even if I’m one of the four.

–NO. It will not replace Manny’s as my “go to” place, as, truth-be-told… I NEVER order corned beef at Manny’s.

I thought you should know.

I leave you with the words and wisdom of my wonderful late Aunt Abbye… who, during a visit I made to her home while on a break from college… offered me cheesecake… and, when I explained that I was on a diet…she replied: “Then have one piece.”

6 Comments on "First Bite:Steve’s Deli"

EricB32

Well, where is it??



janet dahl

Detroit style deli really translates to Oak Park/West Bloomfield. And it all translates to good.

Mish mosh soup?
Can you ask for extra fat?
Will they glower if you request mayo?



Anonymous

Vernor’s…….among the great things to be found in the Midwest……ginger ale with attitude.

Nice piece. Will try next time I’m in Chicago…………but I’m at a total loss in the suburbs…….but I do have access to my two family guides…the intrepid Burkis.



Les Vogt

I had a very long wait to be seated and get my so-so food. Even for this neighborhood, $9.50 for a small corned beef sandwich on “supermarket” rye bread was too much. A small dish of slaw was $.95 and I don’t want fries for four for $3.75. My friend described his pastrami as tough and fatty. At least they serve breakfast all hours but it’s too slow to sit there on a work day. So far I’m not a fan.



Anonymous

Like Stage? the old Boesky’s, Star? Which one?

Now the real need…

a real coney.



David Lewis

Hi Ms. Dahl.
Yeah, “Detroit”, in this case… is old Oak Park/current West Bloomberg. And, in answer to your questions: Yes… Probably… and Probably not.

Anon…
Boesky’s– a legend.
Stage– Original on 9 Mile was also a classic. (But I always liked Katz’s better!)
The current incarnation on Orchard Lake Road is a worthy successor.
Star– King’s of The Shiva Trays!

Steve’s hasn’t reached that level… here or there. Perhaps someday…



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