Delis

deli food St. LouisBecause of the many different ways that they can be used, deli meats are a food choice that has remained popular for decades. Deli meats consist of precooked or cured meat. Sausages and meat loaves also fall into this category and they are usually sold pre-sliced. Deli meats are typically served cold on party trays or on sandwiches. They are available at delicatessens, deli counters, and many supermarkets and grocery stores in St Louis. Next time you are in the mood for fresh meats, cheeses, and/or a great sandwich, check out one of these St Louis delis. Deli meats can also be called cold cuts, lunch meats, cold meats, luncheon meats, sliced meats, sandwich meats and cooked meats. Regardless of what they are known as, let’s talk about some of the most popular deli meats out there:

St Louis Deli

Pickleman's St. Charles

Pickleman’s  Offering a wide variety of Toasted Sandwiches, Pizzas, Soups, Salads and Desserts. Delivering and Catering to business meetings, school events, sports teams, fundraisers, and everything in between.

Kenrick’s Meats and Catering   Kenrick’s is an old fashioned butcher shop, providing you with the freshest, highest quality meats in the St. Louis area since 1945.

McArthur's St. LouisMcArthur’s Bakery   – Serving Delicious Baked Goods, Delicious Deli Foods – And Even Breakfast! McArthur’s Bakery has provided quality bakery foods to the St. Louis area for over 50 years. Only the finest ingredients go into making our “from scratch” recipes, critiqued and fine tuned by Randy McArthur, owner of McArthur’s Bakery. Our product line includes birthday, wedding and party cakes, donuts, danish, coffee cakes, stollens, fresh baked bread and more.

Sugarfire Smokehouse   Brain child of well known chef Mike Johnson and Carolyn Downs of Cyrano’s.Our brisket and Memphis style ribs are delicious, as well as our grass-fed burgers, fries, and shakes. Come in and see for yourself!

Doc’s Smokehouse   618-656-6060  We are a Pro BBQ Circuit team that opened a brick and mortar store. We have hundreds of BBQ awards for our custom smoked meats. Doc has been smoking meats for 40 years! Stop in and check us out!

Iron Barley   Iron Barley has been popular for years and specializes in smoked meats and craft beers. Come visit us in our new location in High Ridge.

Delis in St. Louis

  • Adriana’s                             314-773-3833              The Hill
  • Al-Tarboush Deli                314-725-1944             University City Deli
  • Amighetti’s                          314-725-1944              The Hill
  • Berix                                     314-845-3711              South County
  • Blues City Deli                    314-773-8225               Soulard
  • Carl’s Deli                            314-721-2393               Brentwood
  • DiGregorio’s                        314-776-1062              The Hill
  • Gioia’s Deli                          314-776-9410               The Hill
  • Mom’s Deli                          314-644-1198               St. Louis Hills
  • Nora’s                                   314-645-2706               Dogtown
  • Pickle’s Deli                         314-361-3354               Central West End
  • Posh Nosh Deli                   314-400-7693                Clayton
  • Protzel’s Deli                       314-727-3354               Clayton
  • Pumpernickle’s                  314-567-4496               West County
  • Southwest Market             314-776-5220                The Hill
  • Volpi Market                      314-446-7950                The Hill

Delis in St. Louis

Bologna is one of the most well-known deli meats in the market. While it is considered a polarizing deli meat by some, this soft and mild variety of sandwich is very popular for sandwiches. Bologna is made out of either beef or pork and it is usually smoked. Galantina is a deli meat that can be substituted for bologna when it is not available. The two are similar in consistency what with galantina being slightly chunkier.

Another popular St Louis deli meat, especially around St. Patrick’s Day, is corned beef. Corned beef is cut from beef brisket. It is cured with salt and spices and allowed to simmer in water. Corned beef is usually served hot on rye bread. It is considered a staple of Irish cuisine.

Foie gras entier is a French delicacy that does not come cheap. It consists of either goose or duck liver that has been lightly cooked. As time goes by it only becomes richer in flavour.

When it comes to popular deli meats we can’t forget liverwurst. Liverwurst is extremely popular as a spread because of its creamy texture. It is made of pork liver sausages and it can be smoked.
Pastrami is a deli meat that is essentially beef brisket that has been seasoned and dry cured. Similar to corned beef, it is by tradition served hot on rye bread.

St. Louis Delicatessen




A popular yet controversial deli meat is pate. While duck pate is spared from the controversy, the same cannot be said about goose pate as many people refuse to eat it due to the fact that geese are force fed in order to achieve the fattiness and juiciness of their livers. Nonetheless, pate remains a favourite among many deli meat lovers because of its unparalleled consistency, texture and taste.

One would be hard-pressed not to have heard of or taste salami at some point in their lives.  It is a very popular food at Saint Louis delis located the Hill neighborhood.  Salami comes from a family of ready to eat sausages. It can be made of either beef or pork and is generously seasoned with garlic and spices. Salamis can be placed in sandwiches or on a tray to be served as an appetizer.

Lastly, summer sausage is another popular deli meat. This spicy, somewhat dry pork or beef sausage goes perfectly with sandwiches. Blockwurst is a sausage that can be used to substitute this deli meat when it is unavailable.