You may have dined with them for a sandwich like mom makes it or walked past the Main Street Deli before, but it’s time to revisit. The Main Street Deli has been locally owned and operated for 33 years, and the legacy continues with the new co-owners and local ladies, Grace McGowan and Kate Babcock.
Walking into the deli, it feels and looks familiar. The new operators simply refurbished the kitchen and the pre-existing furniture to create their own look for the deli, while staying true to the original layout and feel. In keeping with the original intentions, co-owners Babcock and McGowan said, “it’s still for the locals.” Which rang true, as I spotted and chatted with local shop owners and Main Street employees on their lunch breaks at the deli. In addition to comfort foods, the deli was always where folks went to grab forgotten grocery items and toiletries, and you can still count on them for last-minute grab and go items.
Currently open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., grab breakfast sandwiches, wraps, or fresh fruit with granola and yogurt on the way to Town Lift for first tracks. Throughout the winter, their menu features the ultimate comfort food that is soul-warming grilled cheeses, like the cauliflower grilled cheese with sharp cheddar, bleu cheese, and buffalo sauce. Year-round there is a salad bar with seasonal fresh ingredients; pair with a house-made soup of the day for a perfect light lunch.
Displayed behind the counter are their daily specials, typically featuring a soup, side and sandwich. All sides, soups, salad dressings, and even roast beef are made in-house. I indulged in the vegetarian sandwich of the day. which was composed of roasted beets, arugula, red onion, and the best part, creamy delicious herbed feta (on gluten free bread). With a side of French fries, of course. Another smash hit is the pulled pork sandwich piled high with tender pork and topped with apple-Dijon barbecue sauce and sweet-pepper slaw all on a fluffy bun.
The Main Street Deli continues to add to their menu unique takes on classic sandwiches, so keep an eye out for the shrimp po boy, Cuban, and house-made pastrami, in addition to their house-made roast beef. The menu may be updated and the décor different, but the mini-grocer, layout, and local vibes remain at the Main Street Deli.