Brooklyn South is a small and cozy deli and sandwich shop located just east of the burgeoning Edge District in downtown St. Petersburg. They offer delectable prepared sandwiches that are the best of their style in all of Pinellas County, if not farther. They also employ a cheesemonger and other experts to explain their meats, cheeses, and crackers that are available for sale. Their hours are limited compared to other restaurants and grocery stores, but their offerings are unequaled.
My friend and I visited Brooklyn South during lunchtime on a weekday, and were warmly greeted by a friendly employee. We waited in line for a short period of time before ordering. I ordered one of their specials, the Breuben. My friend asked several questions about the sandwiches on the menu, and each was answered in a concise and well-thought-out manner. Taking into consideration my friend’s inquiries, the order taker also make a couple of appropriate recommendations. My friend took their advice, and we took a seat among the limited seating to await our food.
We picked up some crackers to eat while we waited, and the cheesemonger quickly brought us free cheese pairings to try with our crackers as we waited. We quickly decided we would need to return here to procure cheese for any future events either of us hosted. Several minutes later we received our main course — the hot paninis we ordered minutes earlier that either of us could have forgotten about after the extraordinary cheese and crackers we just indulged in.
Luckily, both of us still were hungry and ready for our sandwiches. I bit into my Reuben-esque corned beef sandwich, and was instantly overwhelmed by the amazing and complementary tastes held within the mouth-cuttingly sharp pressed bread. My friend was equally happy with the turkey-based sandwiched that was recommended. Just as with the cheese and crackers, we knew immediately that we’d need to return in the future to try more sandwiches over and over again.
If you’re looking for an amazing hot panini sandwich or expert cheese pairings this it the place to visit. You will not regret visiting Brooklyn South.
Overall: 4.7 / 5
Food: 5.0 / 5
Service: 5.0 / 5
Ambiance: 4.0 / 5
Price: $15+ / person