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State Side Deli
3552 Meridian Crossings Drive (corner of Okemos Rd and Jolly Rd)
Okemos, MI 48864-6916
(517) 853-1100

On the advice of a friend, AJ Glaub a musician in the Lansing area, Dan, our friend Phil, and I decided to grab a hung-over samich from the State Side Deli.  A quick perusal of their menu shows you that the State Side Deli fills in a lacking portion of Lansing cuisine, a genuine Deli.  The Detroit area is littered with great Delis and it’s only fitting that the owners of the Bread Basket Deli’s in Detroit made their way west towards the capital.  So, back to the Twin Tag-Team for this review!

Matt:  This joint has a nice aesthetic to it; lots of stainless steel, Michigan State University’s green and white, and clean. The place is fairly small, only 6 or 7 tables and on each table is spicy brown mustard and plain mustard.  As you can see in the picture below I’ve ordered the requisite Dr. Brown’s Black Cherry soda.  I buy one every time I get a ‘deli’ samich if given the chance.  One of the most underrated sodas in my opinion (Top 3 Underrated Soda Pop flavors: 1. Dr. Brown’s Black Cherry, 2. Stewart’s Key Lime, and 3. Jones’ Peachy Keen which is now ‘retired’. Runner up: Jones’ Orange Soda.)

Matt:  I ended up ordering the number 51, Stateside’s Ultimate sandwich which weighs in at 1 and a half pounds of corned beef.   The samich came with a side of Russian Dressing and frankly was a chore to muscle down, but I went at it with gusto.  To be frank, I think the Stateside Deluxe (Corned beef, cole slaw, and Russian dressing) looked better as the components were much better balanced.  The Ultimate really is a monster of meat to plow through and I had to finish it off by coating the meat with some Russian dressing.  Unless you’re really craving a boat of corned beef, I’d stick with one of State Side Deli’s normal samiches.

Dan: Phil and I opted for the Deluxe.  Their corned beef is nice and lean (and not stringy), the coleslaw tasted like it was made fresh.  I wish the bread was a little tougher, but that’s just a minor kvetch. Easily the best corned beef sandwich I’ve had in the greater Lansing area.  While it might seem a little pricey for a sammich, it’s well worth it.  They pile the meat on and decent corned beef isn’t that easy to find.

Dan’s rating Rating: ★★★★☆.  This was just a jaunt over for a quick bite and ended up being a very pleasant surprise.  If you are craving some deli food head on over and grab a sandwich.  Definitely worth the cost.  Nice clean place, and really excellent corned beef.

Matt:  My only odd note to include is this, Why Are Melting Moments Products Being Used?  I think it’s odd that State Side Deli would pass up using ice cream from the MSU Dairy Store, it’s local and it’s some of the best ice cream I’ve had.  Other than that I think the State Side Deli is on the right track and definitely merits a visit if you’re in the mood for a great deli samich.

Matt’s rating Rating: ★★★★☆

Dan’s rating Rating: ★★★★☆

-Matt and Dan in Okemos, MI

Author: Matt

I now live in Clearwater, FL and from here the food shall be reviewed.

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