What? Where are the sausages? Even the lettering font on the marquee suggests a European forced meat of some sort. As we drove to this spot our conversation included comments suggesting they may only serve sausages, or perhaps not serve them at all . . . only make them. What we found is that they didn’t have sausages at all.
It was a whimsical decision to try this place after seeing their sign in passing several times, but none of us ever decided to investigate them prior to our arrival. “Let’s give ‘em a try”, I said. “It’ll be good”, I said.
After ordering three different sandwich selections along with the counter person’s recommendation of the ‘lunch special’, that included you choice of fountain beverage, salad and bag of chips; or their Del Taco copycat crinkle-cut fries and a fountain drink. The later in which we all agreed upon. We were mostly let down by our sandwiches and only one of us liked our drink, as I had also ordered a tap beer. I have now come to realize the beer offering is the intriguing characteristic that makes this such a mainstay for the ASU students that fill a majority of the post-visit Yelp reviews we had read . . . post visit. Otherwise, their fries are all that made Sausage Deli a standout.
Our sandwiches today included the Italian Grinder that tasted incredibly similar to three meet Italian combos you can get anywhere, except we asked for ours heated. Wrong choice as it seemed to have a similar texture to having been microwaved; whereas if you ask for the similar ‘Italian job’ in the other places, you actually get it heated in an oven. The fries were good though. We also tried the Omar, which was supposed to be a hot sandwich, and it was. The Omar was our table’s choice for the best of three. Oh, and the fries were good. I had the Artichoke Ruben which uses artichoke hearts in place of the sauerkraut. Another hot sandwich that missed its mark, but could have overcome the non-intriguing flavor differential of the artichokes if the sandwich was grilled or panini pressed. Instead the hot corned beef was combined with the wet hearts and thousand island dressing inside of marble rye to make for a soft, flavorless concoction of lean corned beef smashed inside of everything mushy. I didn’t like the sandwich but I really liked the fries.
Post visit, we had read the fries are offered with Ranch dressing. When I picked our $43 order (3 sandwiches with/fries combo and 1 beer), I was asked if I wanted Ranch with my fries. I didn’t realize this kind offering was going to be fulfilled with some cute prepackaged sorority or fraternity-satisfying ranch dressing similar to what you get at a fast food joint. So we ate the fries as they were served very hot with a perfect amount of sprinkled salt.
Sausage Deli is not bad. It just wasn’t interesting enough to ever go back. But if someone happens to be going, “get me an order of the fries”.