I cannot say enough about this place. The deli was remodeled and opened a few years ago. The d?cor is right out of the 1920’s. The tin coved ceilings and the hexagon tiles with the name in it are just some of the fantastic period remodeling that went into the restaurant. The owner, Gary had a real vision of what he wanted, and he nailed it. The chairs and table are real wood but in a comfortable way with a substantial feel. The large deli counter is the feature of the place in that you obviously have to mosey on up to order but not in an intimidating way. If you have been to a place that is a bit out of the ordinary and found yourself wondering what do I do here, then this bit of info makes sense. The whole thing could be taken right from time square or a backstreet of Chicago. All he is missing is the accent and the grime (the place is immaculate!). Plenty of seating while you wait for them to bring your order to you.
Now for the food. Being as you have just stepped in from a Southern Minnesota small town street, you are expecting a certain cuisine even if the name deli is on the door. Well you are wrong. the honey mustard has a bite. You want some fresh avocado on that? No problem as they have it. Overall, I thought the menu was maybe a little too risky for small town tastes but I am clearly wrong as show up during a rush and you will have a hard time finding a table. They do daily soups and everything is customizable to taste so do not fear that you will be gastronomically pushed during your lunch hour if you don’t want to be.
Now for the best trip. Go during a sunny day and eat on the patio to the side of the building. We ate and watched the hummingbirds fly in and amongst the flowers. Totally delightful!
The Quill and Quilt uses the Old Market Deli for our days when someone wants to eat at an odd hour or some other special request. We have a deal with them where our guest can go over and order whatever they want and charge it back to us. This has proven very good for all involved as the Deli does a great breakfast with lots of options.
The Old Market Deli
331 Mill St W
Cannon Falls, MN 55009