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April 15, 2016
by Shayla Concannon

Here’s Why Carl’s Deli Is A Hyde Park Staple

 The Kopf Group gives Carl’s two thumbs up as well!  We all eat there quite frequently. Pinky recommends the pumpkin soup!

Source: Carl’s Deli

Carls Deli

Ever visited New York City’s many deli counters and thought to yourself “Man, I wish we had something like this back home?” We’ve got the answer to your prayers: Carl’s Deli.

As if Hyde Park wasn’t already charming enough — what with the beautiful houses, picturesque square, and adorable boutiques. Well, it’s also home to an old-school deli counter/ provisions shop that’s chock-full of delicious delicatessen delights and family-originals that you can’t find anywhere else.

A solid sandwich in one of our favorite walkable neighborhoods? You’ve got out attention.

Carl’s Deli has been around since 1938, giving it some serious sandwich-making street cred. During the ’60s, the Arnolds family purchased the shop, turning it into a family-owned neighborhood favorite. Their daughter, Anne McManus, has been running the store on her own for nearly a decade, preserving much of the original character that the shop is known for.

And by “character” we mean homemade, from-scratch, fresh, local food that Anne still prepares each day. You can go in for a deli-counter classic and build your own sandwich (with only the best meats, cheeses, and toppings, of course). Or you can go with a time-honored fave — one of the Joanie-Arnold originals that are still popular to this day. I highly recommend the Warmed Crab Artichoke sandwich on a flaky croissant.

Looking for more? How about freshly baked mac n’ cheese or a nice pint of potato salad? They’ve got em and they’re delicious. Dine-in, carry-out, or get it catered, Carl’s does it all.

Beyond the deli counter itself, you’ve got your craft beer, wine, Ohio-made ice cream, cheeses, crackers, cookies, candies, and more — all stacked within the store’s adorably tiny interior. The place is literally brimming with edible goodness. Grab a seat at one of the cafe tables inside, claim one of the tables along the sidewalk (for a European-esque dining experience), or take your meal to go. Any way you slice it, it’s bound to be amazing.

Ready to get your sandwich on, Cincy? Carl’s Deli won’t disappoint.

PS: “What’sthe namesake of this cute little corner cafe?” one may wonder. It’s a bit of a quirky mystery, to say the least. Anne’s mother, Joanie, first acquired the store in the 1960s, prior to the liberation movement for women. She quietly ran the business under the name of its mysterious gentleman founder, a fellow by the name of Carl — a man whom she’d never actually met. Well, whoever Carl really is… we’re sure he’d be impressed.

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