Downtown Petersburg is largely blighted. But the skeletal remains exist that can be rebuilt, and although progress is slow, it does exist here. Longstreet is a good example of this, located on a street that includes abandoned buildings, a crumbling museum and a few unique and interesting shops that have cropped up. Longstreet, as others have mentioned, is more of a restaurant/bar than a 'deli,' although their (large) menu skews sandwich. The space is re-purposed something, and it's a nice mix of old and new, and not gentrified.
Everything we had was fantastic - really, good, and extremely reasonably priced.
The problem - it took 35 minutes from the time we ordered to get a hamburger and a reuben. This when the place was about 35% full. When we complained, a few other guests says that's normal here. So take that for what you will - obviously it didn't stop these other people from returning.
Bottom line - if you're in no hurry and are in the area, this place is great.
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