The Millburn Deli


By Dane Feldman

Photo by Dane Feldman.

The Millburn Deli is located on Millburn Avenue in Millburn, NJ, just a few short miles from my house. When I was in high school I missed the boat a bit because I was too busy getting big Italians from Marino’s Fine Foods to notice the ongoing Millburn Deli craze. Since my inaugural visit to the Millburn Deli, however, I’ve been quite hooked.

The food:
Millburn Deli has been lauded for its sandwiches, both hot and cold, for years and it seems the praise isn’t stopping any time soon. My personal favorite is the Jay Ray (featured above) because I don’t often enjoy chicken cutlets on sandwiches, but Millburn Deli makes it hard to refuse by topping it with cheese, barbecue sauce, and bacon. It’s also been my experience that no deli makes a Gobbler quite like this place does and the popular Thanksgiving sandwich is (thankfully) available year-round.

Other fan favorites are the Godfadda (chicken cutlet, bacon, fresh mozzarella, and russian dressing on a grilled sub) and the extremely popular Sloppy Joe, which is nothing like a regular Sloppy Joe. Millburn Deli’s Sloppy Joe is a beautifully crafted triple-decker sandwich made with cole slaw, swiss cheese, russian dressing, and deli meat served on rye bread. This combo even found a spot on Man vs. Food star Adam Richman’s “Best Sandwich In America” list.

The drinks:
Millburn deli is well known for its iced tea, which is just the right amount of sweet and certainly a can’t miss.

The service/ambience:
The staff at the Millburn Deli are extremely friendly and efficient. Customers order at one end of the counter and pay at the other, which keeps lines and confusion to a minimum. As of right now, the deli only offers outdoor seating, but the owners are hard at work preparing to open indoor seating in the very near future.

The Millburn Deli is truly a god among men and it seems the feeling is fairly universal. I don’t often think too much about online ratings, but the Millburn Deli has four and a half stars across the board (Yelp, Google, Urban Spoon, Trip Advisor, and Foursquare). That must mean this place is doing something right. If ever you are in the area, this deli is a true NJ staple that can’t be beat.