Old Style Deli Flavour And Friendliness

Old Style Deli Flavour And Friendliness

Posted: 2020-09-09 10:01:13 By: thebay

There is something about getting a quality Reuben from a good deli that can’t be beat.

That’s exactly what I had a few days ago when I visited the Algonquin Deli food truck at 6 John Street, Huntsville. I hold the Russian dressing because smoked and cured meats only required mustard.

The flavour was fantastic with a perfect amount of corned beef, sauerkraut and swiss cheese sandwiched between two properly sliced and grilled rye bread. The Algonquin Deli understands that sweet spot of portioning to get the most from their dish.

Too much meat, sauerkraut or cheese would ruin what the sandwich was meant to be. And we’ve all had those experiences.

But, not at the Algonquin. While this was my first visit to the food truck, it wasn’t the first time I ate their food.

Since they opened their doors at their permanent location (234 Main St W, Huntsville), I’ve visited a good half dozen times with colleagues, friends and family.

Their website boasts: “With a passion for delicious home-cooked affordable food, our team has over 65 years of smoking experience and preparing food with a vast array of flavourful cuisine.”

Well, that’s a pretty accurate statement. The flavours in the food they create are definitely inspired by those who love what they do.

Each time there was an extremely welcoming atmosphere and a “happy to see you” vibe emanating from the staff. The food truck is no different.

Meanwhile, the Algonquin Café and Deli ( has set menu options while also providing customers with the opportunity to create their own sandwich from an excellent selection.

In previous visits, I enjoyed the melt in your mouth pulled pork with house-made BBQ sauce – a must-try for anyone – and the Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich, as well as having the Reuben both in the restaurant and, as noted above, at the food truck.

The Montreal Smoked Meat brought back memories of post-night club visits to various diners in le Ville de Montreal. The taste, the aromas, the … well, you get the picture.

My wife once ordered the Brisket, which I was able to try and it was fantastic – maybe I’ll get that next time I go. They also serve ribs, soups, salads, fries and more. And though I have yet to be there at breakfast, I’ve been told that’s pretty darn good too.

So, if you haven’t been there yet – or haven’t been in a while – it’s time to stop in for a delicious deli sandwich at the Algonquin.


By Chris Occhiuzzi, special to

When Chris isn’t writing stories for, Dockside Publishing or running, you can find him volunteering his time as a coach and board member for the Huntsville Soccer Club.