Cuisine: American, Bar-B-Q, Delicatessan
Restaurant Features: Catering, Counter Service, On-Site Parking
Location: St Paul, MN
Address: 919 North Dale St St Paul, MN 55103 651-488-6591
Hours: Monday-Friday 11a-6p
Links: Aesop’s Table Website Google Map
Atmosphere: The inside of Aesop’s is very small, with just a couple of tables and a row of chairs along the back wall. Order at the counter and watch your food being prepared just a few feet away. Outside there is a cute little patio area with an wooden overhang for shade during the warmer summer months.
Menu: Deli Salads include Garden Salad, Chicken Rotini, Vermicelli, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Tuna Pasta and Thai Peanut Pasta.
Cold deli sandwiches are served with pickle and chips. Meats include Roast Beef, Turkey Breast, Smoked Ham, Hard Salami, Pastrami and Corned Beef. Cheese options include Cheddar, American, Swiss, Mozzarella, and Pepper Jack. Veggies include Lettuce, Tomato and Onion. Bacon also available.
Hot Sandwiches include The Porker (shredded BBQ Pork), Beef Brisket, Reuben, Rachel, Philly Style Steak & Cheese, Chicken Philly, French Dip, Philly French Dip, Broiled Chicken Breast, Grilled Cheese, and Grilled Deli Sandwich with Cheese.
Aesop’s also has 1/3 lb burgers with choice of toppings.
What we ordered: I ordered a Reuben which is usually one of my favorite varieties of sandwich. It was made with marbled pumpernickel bread and despite being grilled, the sandwich was somewhat soggy (which I attributed this to being boxed-up to-go). The corned beef seemed to be of the sliced processed variety rather than real brisket, and was very mildly flavored. The sandwich had several slices of melted Swiss cheese and a mayo-type spread (not thousand island). The sauerkraut was almost non-existent on one half but heavy on the other. It came with a pickle spear and potato chips. Not the Reuben of my dreams.
Upon recommendation from the staff at Aesop’s, I ordered the Porker sandwich for my companion. Very good! The sandwich was piled high with tender pulled pork, tossed lightly in a BBQ sauce that was somewhat spicy and peppery. The top and bottom bun were thick sesame seed buns, toasted. The meal also came with a side of beans that were somewhat sweet yet savory with chunks of bacon and a side of creamy coleslaw.
Service: The staff at Aesop’s Table were very friendly and readily offered suggestions from the menu. Food was prepared quickly in front of me while I waited.
Overall Impression: Very good prices for the amount of food you get, service is fast & friendly. I would get the Porker sandwich again but not the Reuben.