Originally posted by TJ Jackson
westsider: There are a few you should look into - one a chain, one a local chain, the others not.
NY NY Deli http://www.newyorksubs.com
on Sycamore between 4th and 5th
Kinda expensive, choice of white or wheat roll is nice, meatball hoagie is phenomenal
The overrated local favorite
Many people rave about this place. I'm not one of them.
At the Corner of 8th and Sycamore
Good prices, outstanding quality sandwiches made to order as you wait
The "gourmet" little guy
Fred and Gari's http://www.citybeat.com/gyrobase/Restaurant/RestaurantListing?restaurant=Fred%20and%20Gari's
on Vine between 5th and 6th
The emphasis here is on fresh meats roasted in house daily, but they also make a very good pizza and some decent soups and some great pies. Limited selection, somewhat pricey, caryout only
The new guy/gal:
Cafe Barista http://www.gototown.com/cgi-bin/listestab.cgi?est_id=852
Corner of 4th and Plum
Only been there once, had a solidly good but not great italian hoagie, am planning return visits. Sandwiches are made to order while you wait.
There is a butcher that serves sandwiches and does a grill out on the sidwalk when the weather is good, this is on Court Street, haven't tried it yet either, and I cannot remember the name at the moment. They advertise pretty much every week in the Downtowner.
The bottom line, though, is that I have not found any truly great deli in Cincinnati, and suspect I'll need to traipse over to Finlay Market (well beyond lunch range) to find one
Finally: you wouldn't happen to work for 5th 3rd, would you?