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Thursday, August 7, 2014

#71: "Mom's Special" at Mom's Deli

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click to enlarge Mom's Deli's namesake sandwich, the "Mom's Special." | Caroline Yoo
  • Mom's Deli's namesake sandwich, the "Mom's Special." | Caroline Yoo

St Louis is a town of die-hard deli-goers, and everyone has a favorite spot. In fact, two south side delis -- Mom's Deli (4412 Jamieson Avenue; 314-64-1198) and LeGrand's Market & Catering (4414 Donovan Avenue; 314-353-4059) -- have a bit of a competition for bragging rights among their customers. It can get ugly.

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But why so much hate when there are delicious sandwiches to be eaten? Consider the "Mom's Special" at Mom's Deli, with its layers of turkey, roast beef and ham shaved so thin it's like prosciutto. Mom's piles on crisp lettuce, thick slices of tomatoes, onions, pickles and Mun-chee cheese (don't ask, just enjoy). The highlight of the sandwich is Mom's homemade tangy Thousand Island dressing that the sandwich makers slather on both the top and bottom of the crusty French bread. With a sandwich this glorious, how can eaters be filled with anything but love?

Don't fret, LeGrand's lovers. We will check out its namesake sandwich too.

Previously: #72: Broasted Chicken at Frank & Helen's Pizzeria #73: Parmesan Chicken Broth at Bocci Wine Bar #74: "Burger" at Small Batch Whiskey & Fare #75: Smoked Salami Sandwich at Adam's Smokehouse #76: Gyro on Pita at Olympia Kebob House & Taverna #77: The Johnny Cake at TreeHouse #78: A Classic Glazed Doughnut from Pharoah's Donuts #79: Skordalia at the Purple Martin #80: Beef Brisket Birria Taco Taco at Mission Taco Joint #81: Cappuccino from Sump Coffee #82: The Salted Caramel Croissant at Pint Size Bakery #83: Gnocchi at the Good Pie #84: Truffled Tater Tots at Blood & Sand #85: Marinated Feta Cheese at Evangeline's Bistro and Music House #86: Chorizo and Egg Sope at Spare No Rib #87: Duck Burger at Planter's House #88: WildSmoke's Smoked Chicken Wings #89: The Duck Prosciutto Flatbread at Bella Vino #90: The "Dam Burger" at the Dam #91: The "Hog Mess" at Blind Tiger #92: Khao Soi at Fork & Stix #93: The "Smokehouse Club" Sandwich at Bud's Smokehouse #94: Cafe Natasha's Yogurt Dip #95: Macarons at La Patisserie Chouquette #96: The Libertine's Fried Chicken #97: Pork Belly at Element #98: M'Lwee at Baida #99: Breadbasket at Juniper #100: Bucatini All'Amatriciana at Pastaria

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