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“Good food and folks”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Downtown Deli

Downtown Deli
Ranked #24 of 188 Restaurants in Ames
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout
Ames
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good food and folks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

Good sandwiches, done how you want them, and on the cheap. Less than $3 for a good veggie sub. Downtown Ames. Very nice staff.

  • Visited August 2012
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Ames, Iowa
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Amazing (cheap) food, friendly service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2012

Forget going to Subway - if you're on Main Street and want a sandwich, go the opposite direction until you've landed at Downtown Deli. There might be a bit of a line, but it's worth it. Fresh ingredients and very personalized service - the owner will chat with every single person that comes through the line and always has a smile on his face. In addition to being delicious, the food is incredibly cheap. (In addition to the sandwiches, they have some pretty awesome soups, too!) AND they finally take credit/debit cards now - no more scrambling for cash! This is my favorite lunch spot, without question.

Visited June 2012
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1 Thank Kelly L
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Iowa
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great deli sandwiches”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2012

Downtown Deli is a little gem of a deli on Main Street in Ames. The sub sandwiches are simple, but delicious. You stand in line and watch the employee slice the meat and cheese for your sub. It can't be any fresher than that. They have great soups and yummy desserts. The employees are friendly and the price is right. Yes, there may be a line a times, but it moves right along. It is worth is the wait!

  • Visited April 2012
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2 Thank funky5
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Ames, Iowa
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great bite for lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

This is a great place to get a deli sandwich at a great price. They pile it on and you can customize it with real good ingredients not like the chains.

  • Visited May 2012
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2 Thank linda29355
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Boone, Iowa
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353 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Not Anything Special”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2012

We got there early enough to miss the line. Only one guy works there?? Anyway, only one guy while we were there. I ordered the Rueben and he explained it came on rye and I said that was fine, but he put it on wheat and forgot the sauerkraut. Not good.

I also had the potato soup which was excellent and their cake for desert, yummy but again not over the top. The soup was the best part of the meal.

The guy working there was very friendly and reminded me of a throw back to the 70's. I don't think we'll be back, I prefer Cafe Milo's reuben.

  • Visited February 2012
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