Cuisine: Breakfast, Deli
Restaurant Features: Cafeteria Style, Counter Service, Delivery, On-Site Parking
Location: St Paul, MN
Address: 32 Fillmore Ave E St Paul, MN 55107 651-291-8868
Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-2pm
Atmosphere: Located on Wabasha just before it heads across the Mississippi into Downtown St Paul, the Wabasha Cafe makes its home in the same industrial building as Nasseff Mechanical. The parking lot is quite big but the interior is rather unimpressive. It has an old, grungy feel to it and the items in the deli case were just as unimpressive. You order at the counter where there are hand-written menu boards displayed on the wall behind. You wait while your sandwich is being made and pay at the far counter after you get your food.
Most of the seating is in the form of wooden bistro tables and chairs near the front of the space near the windows.
There is also a dining nook that was created for a more cozy place to eat, a very welcome addition.
Menu: Breakfast is served until 10:15 and includes McWabasha Muffin Sandwich, Philly Sandwich, Eggs, Toast, Bacon, Sausage, Pancakes and French Toast.
Omelettes are made with three eggs and include Cheese, Ham & Cheese, Wabasha Special (ham, cheese, onion and green pepper), Veggie, and Protein (bacon, ham, sausage, cheese).
Sandwich options at Wabasha Deli include Club House, Turkey, Roast Beef, Corned Beef, Ham and Hard Salami. Bread options include White, Wheat, Rye, Hoagie Roll or Croissant. There are also a handful of Wraps offered such as BLT, Turkey & Garlic, Egg Salad Olive, Pesto Cream Cheese Veggie, Turkey Cucumber Ranch, Turkey Bacon Bleu Cheese, Chicken Caesar and Asian Chicken.
Hot Lunch Items include Sloppy Joes, Chili, Chili Nachos, Italian Roast Beef Hoagie, Corned Beef Hoagie, Turkey Bacon Club Croissant.
Price guide: Breakfast $3-5 Salads $ Sandwiches $4-6
What we ordered: This was my first time to visit Wabasha Deli so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I will almost always choose a hot sandwich over a cold one, and I especially like reubens, so it was an easy choice when I saw Reuben Panini on the menu. My companion also ordered the same sandwich. I can be very picky when it comes to Reubens and I have to admit my expectations weren’t real high, based solely on the looks of the deli counter. I asked and was told that the meats are all sliced fresh daily. This reuben was pretty good, better than I expected. It had several slices of deli-style corned beef, real swiss cheese that was thickly sliced, and a heaping of good sauerkraut and thousand island dressing. The marble rye bread was crispy from the panini press, giving the sandwich a nice crunch. We both ordered ours with kettle chips and deli pickle, which was an additional charge.
I also bought a White Chocolate Macademia Nut Cookie that was soft and chewy.
Service: The person behind the counter who helped me was helpful and friendly. There was a line about 5-10 people deep when we arrived but it went quickly. I was appreciative of the wait so that I could peruse the menu boards. Our sandwiches were prepared in about five minutes.
Overall Impression: The Reuben Panini and the cookie that I tried were both tasty, although I think I would prefer to get my order to go next time. Quick and inexpensive.