Minden Meat and Deli
The ambiance is overall very pleasant: display, checkout, tables and a bar; I could see it being an enjoyable bar in the evening. The space devoted to meat and deli cases though is quite small, and the line to order food goes in front of them, so if you come in looking for butcher purchases at lunch time it’s not very convenient. Signage about the prepared food prices is lacking. Pickles, breads, cheeses, olives, and some other deli type things were in a center display. Jars of pesto made with canola oil. There *was* some raw sauerkraut and a raw goat cheddar. Some nice Cabot cheeses. Sauerkraut is so easy to make, though, and the cheeses you can get so much cheaper at Costco….
I ordered a Reuben and a cup of artichoke bisque. The soup was very nice. The Reuben was done in a panini press, and although it had sear lines across the nice marble rye, the sauerkraut could have been straight from the fridge it was so cold. Cheese not melted. And surprisingly bland for a Reuben. I’ll give them one more try in a month or so, maybe some of these are start-up issues. As a deli and bar they might turn out ok. For a butcher I suspect we have to keep waiting.