When Joe’s Deli opened in the former Mastman’s Deli on the North Buffalo corner of Hertel Avenue and Colvin Boulevard in the summer of 2006, it was highly anticipated, even for the loyal patrons of Mastamans. They have been serving delicious made-to-order sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups and other traditional deli favorites for about 7 years now, led by owner, Joe Lyons, and his friendly staff of sandwich experts.
The success of Joe’s Deli led Lyons to recently open a second location at 534 Elmwood Avenue near Utica. Besides being a premier destination for food and beverages, this opening was particularly satisfying because the gorgeous Victorian building has remained dormant since 2007 when Off the Wall went out of business. I have been in numerous conversations with locals wondering why such a prime space in the heart of Elmwood would be unoccupied for so long. Well Joe’s Deli fits perfectly in the neighborhood, where people are constantly looking to grab a quick lunch, or a late night snack. Joe has completely redone the interior with bright inviting colors, a rather sophisticated yet simple feel, and front garage doors that when open allow for an open air environment while enjoying the people watching on Elmwood. This location offers table service, as well as a beautiful bar serving original cocktails, cold crisp beers, (many from local breweries), and a nice wine selection to pair with your meal.
During a recent visit for lunch I was all set to order off the regular menu, however the list of daily specials caught my eye, (Joe’s always has a large selection of daily soups, sandwiches, wraps, and appetizers). I went with a roasted pork sandwich with red onions, avocado, and cheese on ciabatta bread. It was simply delicious, and a perfect portion to allow me to get back to the office and be productive, avoiding the dreaded food coma. The pork was tender, moist, and seasoned to perfection. The red onions were pickled, and added a subtle sweet tartness that mixed well with the roasted pork. The classic deli potato chips were a perfect accompaniment, and left me wondering, why can’t the chips I buy at home taste like this? My companion opted for a Joe’s original, The Hangover. Yes this sandwich will cure what ails you. This mountain of fried capicola, provolone, sautéed onions, cherry peppers, with lettuce, tomato, mayo, and topped with a fried egg is not for the faint of heart. I had one bite, and my taste buds were bursting and craving more. The companion described the sandwich, make that meal, as fried deliciousness with an egg for good measure, and that’s good enough for me.
Joe’s Deli should be a mainstay in the Elmwood Village, just as the other location is in North Buffalo. I encourage you to make your next lunch stop, or any time of day for that matter, at Joe’s Deli for some of the finest deli fare in Western New York.