Clancey's Meats & Fish
Sure, when you head into this small deli in downtown Linden Hills, you won't find a Fritos Chicken Enchilada Melt endorsed by a bunch of Olympic athletes. You won't find the chemical foaming agent and yoga mat compound, azodicarbonamide, in your bread, either. What you will find is a small selection of sandwiches — tuna salad, roast beef, corned beef, turkey, smoked ham, and a daily special — served on fresh bread from Rustica (our winner for Best Bakery). Get it "with everything" if you like stone-ground mustard, Swiss cheese, roasted red peppers, grated horseradish, shaved red onion, and lettuce (or opt out of the spicy horseradish and mustard if you've got little ones with you). You'll also find an array of locally sourced meats, eggs, fish, and seafood, as well as ready-made soups, local dairy products, and house-made sausages. Clancey's is an old-school deli counter with attentive and knowledgeable staff ready to special order you beef cheek or talk to you about the weather; it's a neighborhood joint, through and through, and that's something you can't slap a neon sign on and franchise. Eat your heart out, Subway.