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America’s Best Delis by Food Network: Northern Waters Smokehaus – Duluth, MN

Jan 17, 2020 | eat/drink

Northern Waters’ Pastrami Mommy: bison pastrami, provolone, pepperoncini, and fresh greens on pumpernickel with mustard and mayo.


Northern Waters Smokehaus, the beloved sandwich shop in Duluth’s Canal Park, is getting some national love.  Food Network’s recent roundup of the best delis in the U.S. included Northern Waters among its 51 picks. Now, are nationwide listicle slideshows like this crass ploys to gin up readership — and, as we see here, aggregation-happy news outlets — to click, click, click? Absolutely.

But Northern Waters still deserves all the acclaim these content mills can muster. Food Network focuses its blurb on the outrageously tasty Cajun Finn, which you can actually purchase by mail order (but it’ll cost ya). Writer Sara Ventiera calls the signature smoked-salmon sammie “perfect for an impromptu alfresco lunch on the North Shore.” She ain’t wrong.

A Northern Waters rep, who also ain’t wrong, described the Food Network spotlight as “pretty awesome.”

Our country’s other outstanding delis, per Food Network, include: Dakota Butcher (South Dakota), Bunzel’s Meat Market (Wisconsin), B&B Grocery (Iowa), J.P. Graziano Grocery Co. (Illinois), Hornbacher’s Grocery (North Dakota), and, predictably, Katz’s Delicatessen, the orgasmic deli king of New York City.

In 2019, City Pages crowned Cecil’s in St. Paul as the Best Delicatessen in the Twin Cities.


Jay Boller in Food & Drink


Photo: Steve Rice



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