Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Revisiting a Favorite – The Lucky Dill Deli

Time for another Tampa/Clearwater dining favorite… I don’t think that we’d ever visit the area without a stop here for deli delights!  Our good friends Bob and Nona from Clearwater were with us for this dining treat.

This is the Lucky Dill Deli and Brooklyn Bakery in Palm Harbor Florida.  A ‘real’ quality deli is impossible to find where we live in East Tennessee.  The tendency here is that any place that makes a sandwich calls itself a ‘deli’.  There are a couple of restaurants where the menu resembles a true deli but they fall short from a quality standpoint… (We keep looking around the area though!) 

The Lucky Dill Deli is a big restaurant.  That’s a good thing because you can still end up waiting for a table during peak meal times.  We were a bit ‘off peak’ when we visited this time so we didn’t have a problem getting a table.

The waiter or waitress starts the table out with a basket of fresh baked rolls. Given the amount of food one receives here, it's really overkill but its a nice touch in any case.

About a year and a half ago, we stopped here for breakfast.  While it was good, let’s face it, a good deli is all about sandwiches and other deli type specialties.  It had been about 3 years since we’d been here for lunch…

How about a nice little Hot Corned Beef Sandwich!?  ($12.99) This was Nona’s luncheon choice.  She loves corned beef and she loves the Lucky Dill Deli!  Please note that all sandwiches also come with a choice of Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Pasta Salad or Chips and Pickle. 

This grouping of beautiful ‘sliders’ is Bob’s favorite at Lucky Dill Deli.  The Lucky Deal ($14.99) includes 3 freshly baked rolls with a choice of deli meats.  I personally would have a hard time deciding which meats I would select if I was to order this platter of goodness.  

Meat choices include hot corned beef, hot pastrami, hot beef brisket, oven roasted turkey breast, roast beef, honey baked ham, salami, liverwurst and chopped liver.  You could also choose beef tongue for one of them for an additional $2.00.

When dining at a quality deli and given the fact that it's a rare experience for Laurie and me, our ‘go to’ choice is always a Hot Pastrami Sandwich!  We both ordered the same thing. ($12.99) We were very, very happy!

Note that all sandwiches are served on your choice of bread.  Choices include: New York Rye, Pumpernickel, White, Wheat, Kaiser Roll, Sesame Roll, Onion Roll, Marble Rye and a Bagel.  

Then there is the Brooklyn Bakery side of Lucky Dill Deli!  WOW!  What a selection.  It’s too bad that we were already stuffed after finishing our huge and delicious sandwiches…

Any normal (or intelligent) human would have just bypassed these bakery cases, but then again, I’m not normal.  We picked up a large black and white cookie, some Tiramisu, a muffin, and 2 small éclairs. ($17.42 with tax) What the heck, we wanted a treat for later that evening…

Note to Lucky Dill Deli… You would rule the market and we would dine at your establishment at least once a week if you located a restaurant here in the Knoxville area!  Palm Harbor Florida’s Lucky Dill Deli/Brooklyn Bakery is located at 33180 US Hwy. 19 North.  Phone: 727-789-5574.  Their website can be found at:

Just click on any of the photos…especially that hot pastrami sandwich…to enlarge them for drooling purposes.

Thanks for stopping by for a ‘light’ lunch!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


  1. Looks amazing. So few cities have real delis like this. Cleveland did have one and I wish now I would have gone there more! Pastrami is my go-to as well.

  2. Dave, I absolutely love corned beef! That sandwich looks mouthwatering and delicious! And it looks like there may be an onion roll or two among those freshly baked rolls? Even better! Sometimes I buy a package of corned beef, which I pierce with a fork, and boil it slowly right in the bag, and have that with some cabbage. One of my favourite meals. Thank you so much for sharing, I am getting hungry now...good thing I will be eating supper in a few hours. :)

  3. You mean you don't consider Food City a quality deli :-). The sandwiches look great but I prefer about half that much on mine.

  4. That deli reminds me of an ole-fashioned Deli I used to go to when I lived in New Orleans many years ago... It was in an old old building/house --but the food was delicious and very similar to what you all had... I haven't had anything like that since I left there....

    Thanks for making me hungry!!!!! ha


  5. Thanks for the heads up on the deli!