Mikey Magden and his father, Mel, knew their pastrami — and you could add pickles, corned beef, kugel, latkes and anything sweet to that list, too.
Sadly, these men both have passed away. But their sons, Harley and Aaron Magden, are paying homage to the men’s love of a good, classic deli the best way they know how – they opened one in their honor.
The brothers opened Mikey & Mel’s Famous Deli Thursday at 8191 Maple Lawn Blvd. in Fulton, featuring all the usual suspects you’d expect in classic deli fare: bagels and lox, white fish, oversized sandwiches plus an all-you-can-eat pickle bar and made-to-order Ruebens.
There are also numerous specialty sandwiches like the Seinfeld (smoked turkey pastrami, fresh turkey breast, Swiss cheese, cole slaw, Russian dressing, lettuce and tomato); the Larry David (chunky white fish salad, smoked sable, chive cream cheese, lettuce, tomato and red onion served on a choice of bagel); the Jewish Cheese Steak (brisket, hot pepper cheese, fried onions, cole slaw and Russian dressing served on a sub roll) and The Marylander (shrimp salad, bacon, American cheese, lettuce and tomato on an onion roll) among others.
The brothers grew up in Cleveland where Mikey and Mel were regulars at pretty much every deli around town, especially Corky & Lenny’s, Harley Magden said. He added that he and his brother tagged along to countless breakfasts and lunches and in many ways, grew up in these delis. They would sit and listen to their father and grandfather talking about everything from sports to the Magden family roots. Aaron Magden said opening the deli has been a labor of love for the brothers and a true living tribute to the men that shaped their lives.
The deli also features a variety of traditional deli soups, appetizers, salads, glazed meats, burgers, hotdogs, old-school classics and of course, plenty of sweet treats.
Mikey & Mel’s is open daily for lunch and dinner beginning at 6 a.m. during the week and 7 a.m. on weekends. The deli will close each day at 3 p.m. The deli will also support local farmers and purveyors as much as possible as the owners believe in supporting locally sourced ingredients.