Dining Around The D
Historic, Hip And Hearty
Claim a seat and savor the flavors at Eastern Market's Russell Street Deli.
t's easy — al-
table — to get
other diners at
Russell Street Deli,
where guests plop
down wherever a seat can be found at
The Downtown Detroit deli's calling
card is certainly not its decor — not
with those dingy white walls and well-
worn tiled floor. Yet, you can't help
but appreciate the hipness of dining
in this historic place. The red-brick
mid-block storefront from the 1890s
is situated across from Eastern Mar-
ket's public market square.
Opened in 1891, Eastern Market is
immediately north of 1-75 (take Exit
52) and Gratiot. It's an authentic, ur-
ban district with some 250 indepen-
dent vendors and merchants involved
with the processing, wholesaling and
retailing of food.
Detroit natives Jason Murphy and
Benjamin Hall purchased the deli
where they worked in August 2007.
It opened in 1989. The deli works
with farmers to ensure locally grown
produce and quality meat are avail-
From 7-10:30 a.m. weekdays
(opening at 8 Saturdays), the menu
features made-from-scratch hotcakes
and other griddle items, breakfast
sides and eggs, omelets and scram-
bles. The "signature omelets and
scrambles" include Roasted Vegetable
with Chevre (goat cheese), a corn-
bination of Portabella mushrooms,
zucchini, roasted red peppers and
caramelized onions. It's all good!
I recommend starting with one of
the kitchen's almost 100 soups, the
standout attraction of the deli for
me — including vegan, meatless and
classic house-made choices. I've late-
ly tried red lentil soup thickly pureed
with onions and spices, and chunky,
dill-flavored New England clam chow-
der. The deli's soup is also available
at Avalon Bakery and the Detroit Film
Theatre's cafe, both in Midtown.
Fresh, tender Sy Ginsberg's corned
beef and pastrami headline the meat,
poultry and tuna list of
sandwiches. Vegetarians get
nine choices, including the
TLT (Tofu, Lettuce, Tomato),
a popular vegan sandwich
featuring grilled tofu.
Seven salads are available
and also house-made dress-
ings. Add chicken or avoca-
do, $2 each, to the Mediterra-
nean-style House Salad.
Recently, my dining com-
panion ordered her favorite
Russell Street Deli is housed in an 1890s-era building.
sandwich — Braunschweiger
liverwurst, accompanied by
brown mustard; for her, it
Russell Street Deli
didn't disappoint. I chose the
Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207
daily special Popeye Sandwich (spe-
cials get posted on the deli's website).
My onion roll had a generous portion
$$ ($6.50-$8.75) out of $$$$
of sliced smoked turkey breast, Provo-
lone and spinach leaves, enhanced by
a tasty garlic-mayo spread.
ing, are Michigan-made. Choices in-
Russell Street Deli caters and will
clude Red Haven peach preserve, wild
deliver Downtown Detroit orders of
black raspberry and gooseberry sour
$75 or more. Something new is its
cherry; they're 8 ounces for $12 or
line of organic jams. The chunky
$1.50 to order with toast. Purchase at
fruit, and even the jars and packag-
the deli or through the website.
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