Epic Sandwich: The Brothers Deli piles on the corned beef and pastrami

The Broadway Danny Rose
The Broadway Danny Rose
Teddy Hobbins

An iteration of The Brothers Deli has been serving New York-style delicatessen favorites for several decades. Although the name and the ownership have changed, they continue to take on a heavy lunch rush in the skyway level of 50 South 6th street in downtown Minneapolis.

Brothers Deli offers a range of favorites including lox, chopped liver and matzo ball soup. They also serve a multitude of piled-high deli sandwiches including a number of creations slathered in Russian dressing, coleslaw or both. These sandwiches sound like a delicious mess, but when you're putting a deli to the test, you've got to try their corned beef and pastrami.

True to the menu, the Broadway Danny Rose Sandwich ($6.29) takes two pieces of rye bread and stuffs in as much corned beef and pastrami as anyone could handle. There are bigger NY deli-style sandwiches, but you actually have a chance of finishing this one. The meat was generous and tender with a nice edge of spice, that wavered a bit on the sweeter side then I would have expected. Good grainy mustard offered extra kick, but I needed a bit more to stand up to the thick-cut meat. The rye bread was a bit flat, which wouldn't have been that big of a deal if there was just a bit more spice on the pastrami.

I know this is a sandwich blog, but I'd be doing a disservice if I didn't comment on Brothers' awesome potato salad. It tastes like it was made by a unicorn and delivered on a rainbow. It's the kind of potato salad that could stop your metabolism for weeks, but I always grab a few scoops from their complimentary salad bar on the way out.

Sandwich rating: Tasty. I would have liked a bit more spice on the classic cuts of meat, but their texture and consistency was right where they should be. Be sure to add on an extra dab or two of mustard if you're doing take-out.

Epic Sandwich copyright 2010 by Teddy Hobbins

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