NOTE: This restaurant is now closed
Market Square deli opened in the old Schlotski’s location on Wade Hampton after it declared bankruptcy. The decor has been updated to old-style New York. It is also apparent that they are striving for a “family-friendly” atmosphere with game nights and other kid-oriented activities. It’s a nice update, but that’s about all.
Trouble started when I first walked in the door. First, there were no menus to be seen anywhere, and no clear direction as to what one should do. As I stood looking for a menu, yet clearly in line, an oblivious couple pushed right in front of me. Not a good start.
The menus that I did finally find at the counter were quite limited. They kept a few of the items from the old restaurant, including the pizzas. However, the pizzas now take over 30 minutes to prepare. At least I was warned. I opted for a Classic Reuben on rye.
As I waited for my sandwich (which took about as long as a pizza would have) I had a chance to look around. Scary. The ultra-conservative wrag The Times Examiner was available in stacks on the counters. (That alone was enough to make me never want to come back.) There were copies of the “Little Book of Wisdom” all over the place, and it was obvious that the management was catering to the BJU crowd. A quick look at the clientel confirmed that suspicion.
When I did finally get my food, the sandwich was OK, but unispiring. In short, if you want mediocre food peppered with conversations about dispensationalism, the need to drop the H-Bomb on Iraq, or how wonderful a Christian George W is, then this is the place for you.