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Main Street Deli, Munhall, PA
Date June 26, 2012
Author Chef Chuck

Main Street Deli

Main Street Deli

Not all sandwiches are created equally. Some have gritty, tasteless meat, while others have stale, hard bread. True sandwich integrity- that’s what I’m always in search of… a hoagie with lean meat, crispy veggies, and most importantly, fresh bread. When all of these components come together, one can attain true sandwich bliss.

Main Street Deli Hoagie

Main Street Deli Hoagie

Well, my search is over. Main Street Deli in Munhall has reached sandwich greatness in my book. The hoagie I sampled was one of the best I’ve had in Pittsburgh. The bread (dropped off fresh every day from Cellone’s bakery) is superbly fresh and flavorful. The #2, (Roast Beef and Corned Beef with Provolone Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato and Onion) was colossal. I chose to take my sandwich home, and when Sara Kosko placed it in a bag, I thought they were giving me a torpedo instead of a hoagie- yeah, they’re that BIG. Homemade Italian dressing accompanies all of the sandwiches, though you can choose specific toppings, dressings or sauces.

Owner Bruce Barnes and Manager Sara Kosko

Owner Bruce Barnes and Manager Sara Kosko

I had a chance to speak with Bruce Barnes, who co-owns the Main Street Deli with his wife Abby. In addition to owning a thriving restaurant, Bruce works as a pharmaceutical sales rep during the day.

“I’m in the Strip District every day getting fresh produce for the shop; our meats are always fresh and lean as well,” Bruce explained.

The store itself isn’t big, but has ample seating if you’re interested in dining-in. Small tables with checkered cloths create a warm, familiar atmosphere. The walls in the front portion of the restaurant are adorned with photos of Bruce’s daughter. The restaurant is impeccably clean; something that is very important when choosing somewhere to eat. While looking around the Deli, I noticed a plaque from Channel 11 that awarded The Main Street Deli with the Best Runner-Up Hoagie in Pittsburgh- impressive.

Main Street Deli Seating

Main Street Deli Seating

Every Tuesday of the week Main Street Deli places a few tent-covers on the sidewalk and grills food for their customers. When I pulled up, fresh burgers and dogs were being cooked. Ed Piskor, one of the managers told me that they grill different items every week. Several locals were placing orders for grilled burgers as I waited for my sandwich to be built. The locals are all familiar with the main Street Deli, and called the employees by name.

Main Street Deli Manager Ed Piskor

Main Street Deli Manager Ed Piskor

Main Street Deli Grilling

Main Street Deli Grilling

The signature hoagies come in four different sizes, Kaiser ($4.95), 6-inch ($6.95), 12-inch ($9.95) and the famous 18” I-Beam ($15.95). While I was at the Deli, I was told about the I-Beam challenge. If you can finish the 18’ sandwich in 30 minutes or less, you get your picture on the wall of fame, a free t-shirt and most importantly, bragging rights. If you can’t finish the huge sandwich, your photo goes on the wall of shame! Approximately 15 have completed the challenge.

In addition to their famous hoagies, The Main Street Deli offers Big Salads, Gyros, and Wraps (available with white or wheat).

The employees at The Main Street Deli were extremely friendly. More importantly, they’re proud of their restaurant and take pride in their work. All of these ingredients combine to create environment that is conducive to creative, delicious sandwich making. Take time to visit The Main Street Deli in Munhall, just be sure to bring your appetite!

Chef Chuck Kerber

Cooksandeats.com

chuck@cooksandeats.com

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5 Responses to Main Street Deli, Munhall, PA

  1. Alycia says:

    I was just here for the first time a few weeks ago after many great recommendations from family and friends. I have to tell you, I was thoroughly impressed! The food was fantastic and I can’t tell you how friendly and great the service was! The owner, Bruce, was above and beyond hospitable and outgoing. He made our visit such a pleasure and made us feel right at home. He even had a seat with us to chat over dinner and told us all about that beautiful little girl of his so proudly displayed in professional photographs all over the place. My sister and I decided to go for an I-Beam and share it between us and my young daughter. Needless to say, we still took about half home. I will be back soon and look forward to seeing the wonderful staff again! Great Job!

  2. Chris says:

    Love to hear about new places. Where the heck is Munhall???!!!

  3. Chef,

    Thanks for taking the time to try us out! We appreciate and value everything you have said and done. It is an honor to have you as one of our new, greatly valued and respected followers!!! I always say, we do what we do because we love making people happy and from your review, we have accomplished that! Thanks again and hope to see you soon!!!

    Sincerely,

    Bruce and Abby
    Main Street Deli

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