Hidden Inside A Neighborhood Cheese Shop, This Old-School Deli Makes The Best Sandwiches In Minnesota
By Trent Jonas|Published July 12, 2023
Trent Jonas came to Minnesota to attend college - and never left. He's a Twin Cities-based writer with a BA in English and a MFA in creative writing, a Minnesota Master Naturalist, and the proud father of two adult children. With more than a decade of freelance writing experience under his belt, Trent is often out exploring his favorite topics: Minnesota's woods, lakes, and trails. Rhubarb pie is his weakness, so discovering new diners is also a passion.
You will find some of the best sandwiches in Minnesota at Nelson Cheese and Deli, a neighborhood cheese shop beloved by locals in St. Paul’s Como Park neighborhood. When I was a student at nearby Hamline University, sandwiches from Nelson’s were a staple in my diet, and I still go back to get my regular Santa Fe fix. You definitely have check out this venerable deli for yourself!
Make sure you check the deli’s hours before you go – they do change sometimes, and the store’s staff takes an occasional, well-deserved break. The Facebook page is the best place for deli updates and current hours. Check Nelson Cheese and Deli’s website for the menu and more information about the shop’s history. Need a place to eat your sandwich? Head west along Como Avenue toward Luther Seminary, where you’ll find some green space and a historic mid-19th century church that was moved to the site from Wisconsin at the turn of the 20th century – definitely worth exploring after you’ve finished your sandwich!
Have you had a sandwich from Nelson Cheese and Deli? Review it in the comments. What are some other awesome Minnesota delis that we should know about?
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