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“A Downtown Roanoke Deli” 4 of 5 stars
Review of R.T. Smith's Fine Delicatessen

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R.T. Smith's Fine Delicatessen
10 E. Campbell Ave., Roanoke, VA
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Ranked #148 of 377 Restaurants in Roanoke
Cuisines: Delicatessen
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Roanoke, Virginia, United States
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“A Downtown Roanoke Deli”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I’ve been to R.T. Smith’s a few times, and my most recent visit was the best. I ordered the Reuben sandwich and a side of pasta salad. Instead of getting the typical sauerkraut on my sandwich, I substituted coleslaw – so I might have actually ordered a Rachel, but whatever. The sandwich came on toasted rye bread and consisted of corned beef (all of the meats are Boar’s Head), swiss cheese, coleslaw, and thousand island dressing. There was a generous portion of corned beef, which had a good salty, smoky flavor, but didn’t overpower the other ingredients. The cheese provided a tang, coleslaw added sweetness, and the dressing made it creamy and rich. There’s a reason so many restaurants serve their own variation of a Reuben or Rachel, and the version at R.T. Smith’s is a winner. My pasta salad was also very good, but they appeared to be going with a “less is more” approach with the serving size. The sandwich, side, & drink combo was around $9.00.

The menu features a number of other items I’m very interested in trying. They serve breakfast, including the classic “Bagel & Lox” combination, which intrigues me. They also offer various daily specials that are a bit more filling than the typical sandwich, such as a veal cutlet. And then there is the counter full of cookies, pastries, and other sweets that are quite tantalizing.

I appreciate that R.T. Smith’s is a New York Deli that is actually run by New Yorkers. I’ve had a chance to talk with two of the three owners and I love how they are working hard to make their restaurant an authentic New York Deli. They have many different items shipped in from New York and the menu is made up of New York favorites. It’s another feather in the cap of Downtown Roanoke’s restaurant offering. Now, you can grab an apple at the farmer’s market and walk over to R.T. Smith’s and get a taste of the big apple.

Visited April 2012
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75 restaurant reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Perhaps the only delicatessen worth visiting in Roanoke!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

Finally got a chance to visit this deli today after spoting it during another visit downtown. Just what you would expect from a great deli. Large selection of high quality meats and cheeses that they will stack high on a bread of your choice. I had a made to order sandwich of Pastrami, homemade cole slaw, mozzarella, and bbq sauce. Absolutely superb!!

All of the sides are homemade and they had some great looking desserts. I did not try the desserts as I was just too full from the overstuffed sandwich.

I will be back and soon!!

Visited March 2012
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“Long Island In Roanoke”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

Stopped here on a recent visit to Roanoke, and was pleasantly surprised. Remember that hometown deli that made your mouth water walking in the door? Well, guess what --I found one just like it on Campbell Ave.! Anybody from the N.E. knows Boar's Head cold cuts are THE best. This place sells them either on a sandwich or sliced to take home (wrapped in butcher paper, like "the good ole days".) Try the Champ; it'll feed you for two meals, making your taste buds sing through every bite. And how about a B&W cookie for dessert? Haven't seen them in years! (Diet be damned!) Will definitely be back again!!

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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