Dell'z Deli has expanded its funky, healthy vibe to the Westside neighborhood with a new spot — called Dell'z Uptown — at 511 Rutledge Ave. Proprietor Maudell Grayson also owns and operates Dell'z Deli on Cannon Street and Dell'z Vibez, a juice bar on King Street.
Dell'z Uptown is basically a hybrid of the two, with many of the vegan and vegetarian-friendly favorites found at the deli along with a selection of fresh, healthy smoothies found at Vibez. Uptown has a daily smoothie special called the “Tweet of the Day” based on available produce.
In addition to a bigger menu, Dell'z Uptown also boasts a much bigger space. If you've been into the Deli, you know what we're talking about. You practically have to suck in every time someone makes a go for the menu. Don't get us wrong, we love Dell'z Deli, but the space constraints are challenging for both the loyal customers and the hard-working staff.
The walls of the new establishment are covered in a sprawling jungle-themed mural conceived by local artist Crosby Jack Sackett. Potted plants hang along the windows, and there are plenty of handpainted tables with chairs upholstered in recycled coffee sacks. The used coffee sack scheme carries over to the back wall where they've been turned into a cool-looking collage.
Dell'z opened a few weeks ago, and we finally stopped by for lunch the other day and grabbed a “My Thai Bowl.” While we love the clever name, we also dug the pile of fresh zucchini, squash, vegan sausage, rice, cabbage, spinach, and pasta that was in it. The staff also sent us on our way with a vegan Hawaiian pizza that had just enough kick to get the editorial staff past its 2 p.m. slump.
The best part of the new Dell'z, though, is that they've got the same funky vibe. As soon as you walk in the door, you feel like part of the family.
They're still tweaking the menu and working out the kinks with plans to do a big grand opening around the beginning of July.