Despite working downtown on and off for about two years and getting countless recommendations from friends, I hadn’t been to Frank’s Deli on South Main until yesterday.
Frank’s Deli is right next to the Green Beetle on South Main. It’s a convenience store more than a restaurant. There are two aisles, both lined with refrigerated cases full of beer and cold drinks. They carry some grocery items, snacks, a few odds and ends (aluminum foil, dish detergent), and the usual convenience store cigarettes, candy and newspapers.
You can’t see it when you walk in the door, but you can smell the magic happening at the deli counter in the back of the shop. The menu is mostly sandwiches, salads, and wraps, side dishes (coleslaw, hummus), and desserts (the carrot cake in the case looked amazing). Yesterday, the specials were a beef brisket sandwich and something called “Shawama”, which, based on the ingredients, was supposed to be shawarma.
You can eat in, take your food with you, or have it delivered to you by bicycle.
After eating my turkey sandwich, I’m not sure why I waited so long. It was delicious – a mound of fresh deli turkey, smothered in cheese, topped with lettuce, tomato, mayo, and black pepper. I paired it with a bag of chips and a bottle of cane sugar root beer.
Frank’s South Main Market & Deli
327 South Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103