Review: Avril-Bleh Deli

On Court Street, there are an array of shops that cater to the downtowner. Among them is Avril-Bleh Meats, which features all sorts of meats butchered by some of the most entertaining butchers in town (stop in and see them– you will learn a ton and laugh even more) and carries some old-time German favorites, like beer cheese (which does not involve beer), limburger, and head cheese. It’s a really interesting place to visit.

Next door is a little grocery store and deli. It’s a little less old-world, a little more geared to the burgeoning downtown population. They have fresh vegetables up front, and things like cleaning supplies in the back– great to pick up a few things on the way home from work. The focus of the place, however, is its deli, where you can pick up a sandwich or salads to go.

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We wandered in there one Saturday afternoon, hungry for a sandwich. They have about ten specialities, and we picked two: a Cuban for me, and an Italian sausage sandwich for Terry.

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Terry’s Italian sausage sandwich was sausage, onions, peppers, and marinara sauce on a hoagie-style roll. It was very typical Italian sausage (from next door), in a very typical preparation. Terry liked it, but wasn’t wowed or blown away. It was very competant sandwich.

I ended up with the Cuban, which was pork, ham, swiss, pickles, mayonnaise and mayo on a soft, cornmeal-dusted roll. The flavors were good, but the one part of a real Cuban they missed– pressing the bread! The flavors should all meld in a gooey, delicious, hot sandwich. They grilled the meats and cheese, but did not do anything to the bread. It would have been a pretty darn good sandwich had they used their panini press to press the whole sandwich. Instead, it was just good.

Terry decided he wanted one of the salads in the case for dessert: Hawaiian Salad. It was fairly tasty, a mix of Cool Whip, pineapple, marshmallows, and cherries– very retro, and a little bit of a guilty pleasure.

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The service was fast and friendly– I have a feeling that if I worked downtown near Court Street, I’d head here fairly often for a good priced sandwich (less than $8) and good, fast service. Next time, though, I’ll ask if they’ll press the Cuban!

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  • Steve

    You forgot to mention the most important part of Avril-Bleh! In the summer they put a grill out in front of the store and sell their house-made sausages along with burgers. It was a once a week lunch stop when I worked downtown.

  • vudutu

    The best ham salad on earth.

  • uddiggy

    Next time you try their deli, I HIGHLY recommend you try their garlic chicken salad (for sandwiches). Its made in house and totally amazing. I used to not like chicken salad, but thier recipe definitely changed my mind.

  • http://rainielu.blogspot.com/ rainie

    Did you notice that most of the butchers are missing fingers? They are a hoot; I love going in there. Food tastes better when prepared with a good sense of humor. :)

  • http://deleted vudutu

    uddiggy, thanks I’ll try it. Places like Avrils, Krauses, Silverglades, Eckerlands, and Kroger Boys are so precious, we can’t afford to loose them. Please patronize them. Julie perhaps you can do a post on local butcher and cheese shops?