Upon the recommendation of old friend, Mark Phillip, I paid a visit to the Blues City Deli on my last trip to St. Louis. I’m from the St. Louis area, but I had never heard of this place. Honestly, he talked it up so big that I thought it would never reach my expectations.
1) This place has an outstanding selection of chips. I don’t often talk about chips here on the Turkey Sandwich Report, but a good bad of chips to accompany your Turkey Sandwich is important. Blues City Deli had Jay’s (Chicago brand, so fuck them), Vitner’s, Durty’s, Kruncher’s, Zapp’s and of course Old Vienna (STL brand). How could I turn down Pork Steak flavored potato chips?
If you’re not from the STL area, you probably don’t get the whole Pork Steak thing and that’s fine. You don’t need to. In fact, we don’t want you to get it. I’ll just tell you that we like over-cooked, flabby-ass pig steaks that are smothered in BBQ sauce in the Midwest.
2) The Blues City Deli has a bad case of the Blues. In case you didn’t know, STL has rightfully staked their claim on a fairly solid reputation of producing great blues musicians. You might have heard of a guy named Chuck Berry or maybe Ike Turner. I could tell you about dozens of other great Blues legend that have come out of St. Louis, but you’ve probably never heard of them, so I won’t waste our time. Just trust me that St. Louis knows the Blues. They didn’t name the Hockey team that just for shits and giggles.
3) The Blues City Deli makes a damn fine sandwich. I got a straight Turkey Sandwich that they call the “Turkey Supreme”. It came with Provel cheese and as you probably know, you can only get that shit in St. Louis. If I go back, I will get The Redbird which has Turkey Capicolla, Provel and sweet red-pepper sauce. That sounds nice.
Bottom line, if you’re in STL, get yo’ ass down to the Blues City Deli for a Turkey Sandwich and a bag of Pork Steak Chips.