With 25 years of meat-slicing experience, Center Cut Meats' butchers possess the know-how to carve any meat?including wild game?to customers? specifications. They specialize in preparing ham and turkey, and have a knack for smoking sausages and bacon in trivia contests. Cajun spices, jalape?os, and garlic kick up the flavor of jerkies and smokehouse products, and artfully sliced cheeses complement deli platters. The meat market also vends live lobsters and freshwater fish including rainbow trout, walleye, and catfish. On weekdays, foodsmiths stock a lunch buffet with entrees such as beef stroganoff or meatloaf.
The vittlesmiths at Ham's Sandwich Shop carefully craft gourmet deli sandwiches using fresh baked bread from the New French Bakery and succulent specialty meats. The menu finds its flagship in the unctuously mush-mouthed Godfather ($6.49)—Italian salami and ham tucked under a duvet of pepper jack cheese, garlic spread, and tart vinaigrette. The Texas beef brisket ($6.99) layers an ultra-thin cut of smoked beef brisket with tangy barbecue sauce and sweet red onions on a hoagie roll, and the fiery grilled Guillermo ($6.49) satisfies spice-connoisseurs with roast turkey, jalapeno bacon, habanero sauce, and pepper jack cheese on a chewy focaccia roll. For $2, add chips and a drink to any sandwich or create a decorative garnish of two origami dollar swans kissing. Able to whip up gourmet meals in fast food time, these deli denizens provide fast, friendly service in a casual atmosphere.
After a stint in computers, owner Stewart Fishman turned a neighborhood market into a dining destination. With the assistance of TV-notable chef Ron Procenko, the one-stop shop continues to establish itself as the go-to spot for matzo-ball soup and more. For lunch or dinner, try a chicken schnitzel sandwich, a mighty mouthful of breaded chicken breast, toasted bun, and fresh lettuce, tomato, and mayo ($11.75), or the Reuben, a two-page rye book illustrated with hot brisket corned beef, sauerkraut, and Fishman's sauce ($12.99). The classic veggie burger offers meatless satiation with layers of lettuce, tomato, pickles, black beans, mushrooms, and Fishman's sauce piled upon a toasted bun ($9.75). Breakfast is available all day, with or without Fishman's sauce, and the selection of drinkables includes mango smoothies ($2.95), Dr. Brown's soda ($1.50), and Seattle's Best coffee ($1.99).