Chris and Sonny Szejbach have created a real bright spot with their combination deli, butcher shop and neighborhood gathering place. The cafe is open for breakfast and lunch and the take-out pizza ovens keep going through the dinner hour. The deli is stocked with Boarshead meats, imported cheeses and housemade whitefish pate. The meat counter features exceptional beef, fresh fish in the summer, Biehl tuyrkeys for Thanksgiving and half a dozen varieties of sausage made with care by Sonny himself. My personal favorite: the Swedish potato sausage. Or maybe the sweet Italian, or the chorizo – it’s all good.
This is the place, too, for specialty crackers, imported olives, bruschetta topping or perfect little cookies (try the lemon and pistachio nut butter tile). There is a very nice wine and beer selection. (Warning: that Anchor Steam Porter is mine.) If things get a little slow in the winter, Chris is likely to pull out a strategy game called Quarto and teach you how to play it. Did I mention the greeting cards, the wine glasses, the board games?