We’ve driven down this stretch of Richmond at least 500 times in the last 5 months. Each time I’ve noticed the old and weathered Nielsen’s Delicatessen… and a whole lot of cars in the parking lot.
Now, I love a good mom-and-pop, hole-in-the-wall, kind of place… but this has a small free-for-all lot and a building that probably has not seen an update since I was a kid.
So, I asked a friend that lives in the neighborhood next door and she said, “go”. So this is what I did.
Open each day, 8:00am to 4:00pm, we stopped in for an early lunch. At 11:30am, there were a handful of customer in the small store. By 12:15pm, the tiny shop was full.
We had parked easily in the small lot, opened the door and travel back in time inside the old fashioned deli. The menu is posted behind the counter where you order and then pay in the corner.
So we ordered sandwiches to share, a deviled egg and a fudge ball. Sandwiches are $7+ (so not cheap)… but are very big so we shared. The fudge ball was a delicious 50¢. (And I spotted the fresh cookies too late to order!)
I had the egg salad but am told that the chicken salad and corned beef sandwiches are great. Also, now that I’ve read some reviews, I should have ordered the potato salad!
The space is really small, so for big families like mine, going at off-hours is best so you have some room to move. (There are only about 10 stools along the window.) Other than being sure to time the crowds, we plan to go back!
See some more pictures below.