Thursday, March 29, 2012

Where's the Corned Beef?

     Well, this is it!  My first post on my very own restaurant blog.  What an exciting adventure!  For this first endeavor, I decided we should go somewhere we had never been before.  One of my husband's co-workers recommended Schwartz's Deli to him, so here it is!
     Schwartz's Deli is in the Frandor area, in the building that used to be Mr. Taco.  It still resembled Mr. Taco, a bit, on the outside, but the inside had been transformed into a New York deli style diner.  The sign on the window claimed Schwartz's Deli is "The Ultimate Sandwich Experience."  This made me hopeful!

     As we looked over the deli's extensive menu, the friendly cook asked another customer if he would like "the usual," #5.  I thought it was really cool that she knew the people who came in frequently and cared about what they wanted to order.  It took my husband and I awhile to decide.  The menu had a wide range of sandwiches and a smaller selection of soups and salads.  I gave up on trying to make my own decision, so I went with what the other guy had (the #5), which was called "Benjamin's Best".  It consisted of Hot Corned Beef and Pastrami on Rye with Cole Slaw, Russian Dressing and Swiss Cheese.  The hubby got a #6, Isabella's Idea.  This sandwich looked good too!  It was made up of  Roast Beef on Rye with Swiss Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato and Mayo.  Excellent!  The only issue I had with these sandwiches was the price.  They were a little expensive for a simple lunch, plus you had to pay $1.50 extra to make them a combo meal.  This made the meal about $10.00 per person for a sandwich, a pickle spear, a small bag of chips, and a drink.
     We had one other problem at this establishment, which could be easily ironed out, the service.  They only had two people working during the lunch rush, and there were several people waiting for their food.  It seemed that the cashier got a bit confused as to who had which sandwich.  Unfortunately, our sandwich was given to another customer.  The cook was very sweet about this and apologized profusely.

     The food, however, which is what we came for in the first place, was delicious!  The slogan "Proudly Serving Overstuffed Sandwiches" is not an understatement.  The meat, on the #5 - Benjamin's Best, was piled high, and the tangy Russian dressing added a nice flavor.  The Cole slaw, although a bit bland, gave the sandwich a nice crunch.

     The website boasts that Schwartz's Deli is "Mid-Michigan's Best Deli, Period!"  In my opinion, that's a bold statement.  The management has a few things to work on to make that claim, but the sandwiches give it lots of potential!

Unfortunately, Schwartz's Deli has closed.  :(