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Lunch at “Diplomat Deli”

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on September 30, 2010

My church member Joyce and I, have been trying to get together for lunch, for a while now, and today we finally met up. We ate lunch at Diplomat Deli in Vestavia Hills, off of Montgomery Highway in a strip mall.

Since 1982, family owned Diplomat Deli, has been known for their food & spirits. Publications consistently rank the Diplomat Deli as among the top delis in Birmingham. They also have the largest selection of imported and high gravity beer in the area. They have hot sandwiches, cold sandwiches, bagel sandwiches, cheese sandwiches, soup & sandwich specials, salads, sides, and desserts. Most of their desserts are homemade. And one of their famous sandwiches, is the “Muffaletta”. A long-time customer stated that:

” I used to live here and now I live in Atlanta. I’ve been gone 10 years
and every time I visit I have to have a Muffaletta. It’s better than New Orleans.” M.C.

I’ve passed by this place many times, but never thought to go in there, until Joyce mentioned it ( I need to get on it, lol)! Furthermore, Joyce was waiting on me when I arrived. We both decided to sit inside, even though the weather was very nice and we could have sat on the outdoor patio.

I enjoyed the deli’s atmosphere, but it kinda shocked me a little, because I felt like I was eating in an ABC Beverage Store. Beer, wine, and liquor shelves were against the walls and the tables were in the center of the floor.

Even though we went at lunch time, it wasn’t too crowded. Our waitress took very good care of us. She brought our drinks out and then took our food orders. As we ordered, Joyce said that I’m very picky, however, I just know what I want lol! Joyce got the “Reuben” which consisted of corned beef, imported Swiss, fresh sauerkraut, Russian dressing, mustard, grilled on rye with butter. And it came with potato chips and a pickle.

It looked really good to me. She definitely enjoyed the sandwich; this is one of her favorite restaurants!

I ordered the “Southerner” which consisted of ham, Swiss cheese, tomato, mustard and mayonnaise on toasted rye bread. It also came with potato chips and a pickle. Even though my sandwich looked very plain, it tasted very good. I really enjoyed it because it wasn’t too big and messy; it was just right.

Now when it comes to making a sandwich, it seems like you can’t mess up; however, I’ve been to many places where the sandwiches weren’t good, the ingredients just didn’t go together. But, at Diplomat Deli, what I had was simply awesome!

For dessert, I had one slice of the homemade “Lemon Ice Box Pie”. I’m eating my leftovers as we speak, lol!

It was made with a graham cracker crust, and it had just the right amount of lemon flavor; it wasn’t too tart. The taste was just right and it was topped off with Cool-Whip.

Joyce and I had a wonderful time together, and we are thinking about where we are going to eat next!

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