We started indoor soccer at the YMCA this weekend and the kids’ games were spaced just perfectly to mess with the entire day. Abigail played at noon so, by 1, we were pretty hungry. We knew better than to eat before the game as the floor needed to stay puke-free. Anyhow, by 1, we were all pretty hungry so we headed downtown to one of our favorite restaurants. It’s a local downtown place and lately has been somewhat flaky about when it is open. We usually hit it on evenings and weekends though it really caters to the weekday lunchtime crowd. That’s right…you guessed it…they were closed.
Anyhow, we were pretty bummed and more urgently, pretty dang hungry. We stood in the middle of the street with vacant zombie-like looks on our faces, wondering how we would survive…what we would do to get food…whether we could bear to go on. Fortunately, my lovely wife, with cat-like reflexes and an eagle eye, spotted the Blossom Deli a few hundred feet away. If only we could make it the 100 steps to their door-step, surely they would have something they could give us to avert disaster.
Somehow we made it to Blossom Deli alive. It’s all a little fuzzy, but I sort of think ants must have picked us up and were carrying us to their nest when some heroic patrons rescued us and drug us inside…but I have no evidence of that. Anyhow, we got inside and…you’ll never believe this….they sell food at the Blossom Deli!
We were seated right away (I think they noticed our pitiful blank faces and feared a zombie attack) and quickly set us up with liquid salvation from the fountain. Yes, you heard me right…they have a real soda fountain at Blossom! I wasn’t going to push my luck, but I bet they have a real live soda-jerk somewhere too. Anyhow, the whole place seems right out of the 1950s. Inside the place is art-deco floor to ceiling. A lowered grill sits adjacent to the bar seating and simple tables (like your grandma used to have in her kitchen) were everywhere. Ours even had a nice, easy rock to it. I think the only thing missing was a poodle skirt or two.
So, the less creative members of my family ordered hotdogs (all beef as Isaac likes to remind me) while I ordered my usual (see, I am the creative one!). Whenever I go to a restaurant and I see a Reuben on the menu, I order it. I am not sure why but I MUST order it if I see it. So I ordered my “usual” and a cherry Coke. When the waitress (I bet she wants to be called that rather than a server…it’s 1950 afterall) delivered our drinks, I initially wondered how she would tell my cherry Coke from the others’ vanilla Cokes. Silly me, it was easy…she just sipped from each straw and knew right away! Not really. No, she simply looked at the color. My cherry Coke was definitely red…and I think that red was either the fantastic cherry flavoring or the color of awesome!
Isaac and I quickly drained our glasses (he declared his vanilla Coke to be the best he’d ever had and he’s had a bunch) and asked for another. When it finally became clear that we weren’t weren’t about to be hauled off by a creepy guy in black carrying a scythe, I took a look around. The mirrored walls make the inside look much larger than it really is. It’s really quite comfortable but cozy inside. The waitresses gave great attention to everyone and I could see as the cooks prepared my meal…fresh! Blossom Deli offers a daily blue plate special which I will definitely have the next time we go there.
I am sure we will go to our other “favorite place” again when we see it open sometime…but we now have a new go-to local restaurant in Charleston, WV! Blossom Deli, not only did you possibly save my life, you nourished my soul (well…at least my stomach!)