Lowry Hill deli gets diners talking

  • Article by: RICK NELSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 6, 2012 - 9:24 AM

Is Rye the dream come true for deli-starved locals? It depends. But it's worth a visit.

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emmyandy88Feb. 2, 12 8:32 AM

Nice review. I live in the neighborhood and love this place, especially the bar. And the poutine is amazing.

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dearabbyFeb. 2, 12 8:55 AM

Nice article, It's one thing to spend your hard earned money on a meal out and to have it fall far short of competent execution. It's another to have your meal paid for, I am much more forgiving of incompetence when I do not have to pay for the service.

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griff44Feb. 2, 12 9:03 AM

$13 for a bland corned-beef sandwich is hardly reasonable.

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jam001Feb. 2, 1210:54 AM

Rye is just what the neighborhood needed. It's great for adults and kids. We've had fresh and tasty food for lunch and dinner. I love the roasted chicken and spinach salad. Kids love the mac and cheese, chicken fingers, and black and white cookies. Based on this review, I can't wait to try the breakfast.

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maddyinmplsFeb. 2, 1211:17 AM

Strange that Nelson leads with and ends with slams on online reviews. It's the online reviews that shaped the changes at Rye after it opened. And it's the continuing online reviews that Rye will worry about. Not a one-point-in-time review by a newspaper critic. That explains the derogatory references to online reviews. The newspaper critic -- in the big scheme of 21st century things -- no longer matters.

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Mister_EFeb. 2, 1211:38 AM

The likely-esteemable mothers of online reviewers seem to have fallen short in reminding their progeny, "If you can't say anything nice ...."

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mikio44Feb. 2, 1212:00 PM

@maddyinmpls I disagree that restaurant reviews in the paper are becoming categorically irrelevant. The problem is a 2.5 star review that doesn't say anything critical (he criticized one thing, a pastry item). The review seems to suggest that in fact Rye isn't that great (2.5 would rate mediocre by most people's standards), but the reviewer seems more like he's willfully trying to make up for all the negative online reviews by only saying good things despite the average rating he gave. While I understand that online reviews can sometimes be seen like they are piling on, but the answer is not reviews like this one. If it earned 2.5 stars there is surely more than the one thing being done wrong. Of the number of people I've talked to who have gone, all have said more critical things about the place, than the reviewer here did; even the few that liked it. I recall thinking the same thing when he gave Bachelor Farmer 4 stars when in his review he mentioned the potato pancakes he ordered three times and had it done wrong twice. How can a place that, in his estimation, made an item wrong two out of three times (and he also had other critiques) get a top rating?

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dw7719Feb. 2, 1212:21 PM

Deli food inspires passion in people because it's deeply rooted in tradition and the standards of excellence are pretty much set in stone. Over the years I've eaten at most of the temples of pastrami and smoked meat several times (Katz, Langer’s, Mile End, Schwartz, etc.) and by comparison, Rye definitely has a lot of improvements to make. That is to say: Rye is pretty good for Minnesota. The problem is, most Minnesotans (especially Jewish residents like myself that were born and raised on the east coast) have grown sort of weary of “good for Minnesota” deli food. This said, Rye IS good enough to help stave off my cravings to catch a flight to LaGuardia and head straight for the intersection of Houston and Ludlow for the best sandwich known to mankind. Some tips for Mr. Weinstein: get or make better bagels - yours are missing something; put some salt on the crust of your rye bread; stack the smoked meat a touch higher (especially for that price); do whatever is necessary to rid yourself of those abominations you are calling black and white cookies and rugelach. If you can’t make them, contract it out to a competent bakery; AND keep on improving! Minnesota Jews NEED this food and you can always reach even higher. My family will definitely support your endeavors if you do!

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akagikamikFeb. 2, 1212:22 PM

I've avoided this place because of the negative online reviews. Besides, can you trust a review of Deli from a guy named "Nelson" from Minnesota?

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ihatebikesFeb. 2, 1212:22 PM

I think they missed a huge mark here. Most 'true' delis - even some Canadian ones, which this is 'modeled' after - have great bakery cases. Rye, however, has a couple paltry bakery items that wouldn't be up to snuff for a Panera Bread. I will give them that the turkey is quite good, the mashed potatoes are schmaltzy enough to bring back childhood memories, and their fried kreplach are interesting....but where the heck are the baked goods? A few decent menu items won't keep this place alive long. This is most definitely not the Lincoln Del 2.0.

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