Cleveland Circle's Freshest Eats
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 23:09
Real Deal Deli might just be the best thing to happen to Cleveland Circle since Fin’s. The brand new restaurant is a short stroll away from campus, and it’s definitely worth the walk.
Real Deal’s bright interior is welcoming and adds a splash of modern aesthetic to the area. You can tuck yourself into a small table on the sides of the restaurant, bring a big group and take over the tall table in the middle, or people- watch at the bar-style seating by the front window. On warm days, the window usually gets opened up to let some sunshine in and some of Real Deal’s pop-heavy soundtrack stream out.
When it comes to food, Real Deal prides itself on serving fresh and innovative food. There are plenty of options for lunch and dinner, from paninis and salads to half-pound Monster Burgers with Sriracha mayo. I ordered a Cuban sandwich the first time I went to Real Deal, and that was more than enough to bring me back for more. It was warm, crunchy, perfectly melty, and with a surprising spiciness from the whole grain mustard. The french fries I ordered on the side were piping hot and still had the skin on them.
Pizzas, another Real Deal specialty, come in anything from the traditional margherita to ranch chicken, eggplant and red peppers, or pulled pork. You can even customize your own pie with a variety of other uncommon toppings.
Real Deal also offers seasonal specials, and if you stop by in the next few weeks you can still enjoy a last taste of summer. Options like the watermelon and feta salad with lime vinaigrette and jerk turkey panini with avocados and pineapple salsa will whisk you right back to the beach if classes are already bringing you down.
A typical meal at Real Deal will run you about $10, which is fairly reasonable for a college kid’s budget. You can also sign up for their rewards program, which offers a point for every dollar you spend most days of the week. You can get double points on Mondays and Tuesdays and triple points on Wednesdays, then redeem them all for gift certificates. The program is a fantastic deal for anyone, and with these menu options, you’ll rack them up in no time.
Real Deal Deli provides a relaxing atmosphere, friendly service, and menu options for just about any mood. With reasonable prices and a prime location, you might have just found your newest off-campus haunt.