Big City Delicatessen

You know how sometimes you order something that you’ve had a million times before, but somehow it just seems better this time around? Case in point: Big City Deli.

Housed in the same building as the new‐and‐improved Kahn’s Fine Wines on Keystone Ave (they moved a few blocks south of the old location), the employees were so friendly and eager to please.

Chris opted for a classic Chicago style hot dog and wow. Again, it was something he’d had many times before, but something about the bright neon green of the relish or the way the dog popped when you bit into it or the poppy seeds pattered to the table… this was a goooooood dog.

I ordered a Big City special, which essentially amounted to half a sandwich and soup. I chose half a Miami Cuban (yeah, starting the diet any day now) and it was so worth it. I’ve had Cubans in Miami before, but this was somehow way better. Not too greasy, still piping hot from the grill, smooshed just right so the bread on the outside was still a little crispy but chewy towards the middle.

The soup was a daily special and the highlight of lunch. The chef knew immediately that I wasn’t a real Hoosier (and called me out on it) when I ordered a cup of the cucumber avocado soup. Cucumber soup has always been a summertime staple in my family, though this version was very creamy and almost a little heavy on the avocado (not like there could really ever be a such thing as too much avocado). It was not at all what I was expecting, but it was cool and smooth and so, so delicious. Note to Hoosiers: be adventurous. Try this soup. And if it’s not on the menu, try something else adventurous and different. I can almost guarantee that if it’s the same caliber as the cucumber soup, you’ll be glad you tried it.

David’s hot dog was a hit, though what toddler wouldn’t eat a hot dog? The bun disappeared first, and I think he wasn’t quite sure what to make of a hot dog made from real beef (as opposed to soy, which is what he usually eats at our house, poor little guy). But he loved it, and eating a real hot dog was a special treat for him… and of course, Mommy had to try a bite or two, too.

If you’re looking for a casual, inexpensive, laid‐back type of lunch joint, here’s your place. They offer a variety of classic sandwiches and wraps, as well as several standard salads. The soups change daily, but with options such as chicken enchilada or New Orleans gumbo (and everything being all fresh and homemade), my guess is that you can’t go wrong.

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