Saturday, March 26, 2005

The Deli

The Deli Restaurant at the corner of Truman Avenue and Simonton Streets has been a Key West institution for twenty-five years. It has the three ingredients necessary for success: good food, good service, and good prices. We've been going there for the past three Saturday evenings for dinner, and went once before that for breakfast.

While the place show some signs of its age, it's clean and comfortable. The menu is varied. Portions are large. Prices, for the most part, are lower than the average Key West eatery. Tonight, I had a hot turkey sandwich at $7.50 with one vegetable (though I ordered the summer squash as a second side dish to go with my baked potato). Janet had the turkey dinner for $8.95 including two vegetables and a biscuit or cornbread.

The weekend waiter, Bruce, is a real card, friendly and outgoing, casual, and always helpful.

We go early, after Janet gets out of work on Saturday. It's usually nearly empty when we go in, and begins to fill as we dine.

We both recommend it highly.

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