Vince Valenza

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Benton Park: An Updated Guide to Restaurants in the Benton Park Neighborhood of St. Louis

    St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites. This week we wander the old-school ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    Standing Room Only: Thursday Nights at Blues City Deli

    If you want a seat, you damn-well better get here early. John Schalk knows that. He's been coming for seven years and is one of the many regulars who flock to Blues City Deli on Thursday evenings for free rations of blues music. See also: -Blues City Deli Celebrates Its Sixth Birthday With a Music ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Tidbits from Sassy JAC's, Blues City Deli, Le Food Truck

    - We're a couple of weeks late with this news, but Sassy JAC's is now open at 1730 South Eighth Street in Soulard. The restaurant and bar from chef Andrew Ladlie and his wife, Jennifer, features southern cuisine on its menu: deviled eggs, fried pickles, a crawfish-salad sandwich. Sassy JAC's is ope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    The Nine Best Blues Clubs in St. Louis

    Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this RFT Music series, we're beeboping and scattin' our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. This week: The best blues club ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Blues City Deli Celebrates Its Sixth Birthday With a Music-Filled Party

    Robin WheelerVince Valenza making one of the Blues CIty Deli's famous sandwiches.​The Blues City Deli is celebrating its sixth year in business tomorrow with its third-annual free street festival. Dubbed "The Blues City Deli Streetfest 2010," the event is becoming one of the eatery/venue's mos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Chef's Choice: Vince Valenza, Blues City Deli

    Robin WheelerBlues City Deli owner Vince Valenza​Vince Valenza has traveled a long journey from his childhood in downtown St. Louis' Sicilian neighborhood to celebrating five years of owning Blues City Deli in Benton Park. Through it all, he's had his family, good food and a lot of soulful music ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Chef's Choice Recipes: Vince Valenza's Muffuletta Sandwich

    Robin WheelerVince Valenza of Blues City Deli shows off his muffuletta sandwich.​The signature item on the menu at Blues City Deli, this giant sandwich is named for the round Italian bread used since New Orleans' Central Grocery invented the sandwich in 1908."Back in the mid-80s we didn't know wh ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 8, 2006


    Blues City Deli, 2438 McNair Avenue; 314-773-8225.

  • Dining

    March 29, 2006

    Come On In My Kitchen

    Make me a Blues City sandwich, make it ten feet tall. If you can’t make me a sandwich, I don’t want nothin’ at all.