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Delifonseca

Location: 12 Stanley Street, Liverpool, centrally located

The stairs at Delifonseca go in two directions from the main door. Downstairs is the deli, Liverpool's only by all reports, and a pretty good one at that. I was tempted by unusual mustards, vinegars, and chocolates. Upstairs is the restaurant, which also helps provision the deli with sandwiches and salads. Apparently, sandwiches are half-price after 3 pm.

I met austengirl there for lunch yesterday. They have perhaps fifteen tables, not large, not too small, and mostly occupied on a weekday at prime lunchtime. The substantial menu was supplemented by a whole variety of specials up on the chalkboard. I couldn't remember ever having a Po'Boy before, and roast beef is one of their specialties, so I tried a bit of New Orleans in Liverpool. The beef was decent, although I'd been hoping for something richer, but the handcut chips and salad it came with were excellent. austengirl had the muffaletta, but they don't just serve food from New Orleans! The menu had a whole variety of world sandiwches, Thai salads, English pies.

For dessert, I had a lovely, gently warm hazelnut cake with Cheshire chocolate ice cream. My first thought when it arrived was "Nutella!", but really wasn't. austengirl had high praise for her pecan pie: it was about as good as the one she makes herself.

Service was friendly, if occasionally slow, but that was partially our fault for bouts of indecision. The atmosphere is pleasant, a little more upscale than café, but not intimidatingly so. If I lived more locally, it would be a very easy place to drop in on a regular basis for lunch, afternoon snacks, or dinner. An article in Restaurant magazine, combined with hobbitblue's endorsement, brought me there, but I would happily go back without prompting. Next trip to Liverpool, then?

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groliffe
Sep. 9th, 2008 09:46 am (UTC)
I think you should probably meet
shirazpetra who can provide many recommendations for eating in Liverpool and the area.
owlfish
Sep. 11th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: I think you should probably meet
Thank you for the recommendation!
hobbitblue
Sep. 9th, 2008 11:09 am (UTC)
Glad you got there and enjoyed the food, such a lovely place - did you raid the deli after or did you exercise some restraint (or practicalness, what with travelling etc).

btw, I must apologise for not replying to the comment else-journal about possibly meeting up to see the spider, initially we weren't sure what we were doing so I held off till I had more clue, and then getting soaked to the skin on Friday morning meant I had a weekend spent mainly in bed feeling sorry for myself..
owlfish
Sep. 11th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
I had a lovely trip! I spent about 10 minutes looking around the deli while waiting for my friend to show and had compiled a whole mental list of things to buy after lunch, only we lost track of time at lunch and then I had to leave in a hurry to make it in time to my 3 pm thing at the university (and which was the event which started the ball rolling for this trip in the first place). So no. But I would if I had a chance next time.

No worries - I wasn't presuming in the first place that you'd necessarily want to meet up with a random internet person, and even if you did, that you'd have time or energy for it. Perhaps next time.
hobbitblue
Sep. 12th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
Have to make it a must next time you're up here, with a large shopping bag for the purpose :)

That's good - and theoretically I love meeting random internet persons, always great fun, just practicality with energy/health is usually the bugbear; we'll manage it sometime I'm sure!
non_trivial
Sep. 9th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
I thought po' boys were deep-fried oysters and mayo, not beef?
owlfish
Sep. 11th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
Never having had one before, I don't know.

...

I've gone away and checked Epicurious as a quick initial reference. They have three Po'Boy recipes: fried shrimp, oysters, and rare beef.

My beef one did have mayo on it though.
austengirl
Sep. 10th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
Ah, but how do you know my pecan pie is actually any good or I don't have a massively high opinion of my own creation? ;^)

Seriously though, it was lovely to see you again and I enjoyed our meal. Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your visit.
owlfish
Sep. 11th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
The woman working front-of-staff at Heart and Soul loves your cakes and thinks you need to open a bakery, for the sake of all of Liverpool. Of course, that says nothing about your ability to make a decent pie.
owlfish
Sep. 11th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
And it was lovely to see you too!
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