Tasting Notes: The Deli Downstairs

Cuisine and scene: Ashland's new kid below the block, The Deli Downstairs makes good use of ready-made basement digs formerly occupied by the Allyson's Kitchen deli and wine cellar. The cool, subterranean cavern has about a dozen tables and a small lounge area with a couch. An erstwhile Allyson's employee, originally from Philadelphia, devised the menu to bring a taste of authentic East Coast delicatessens to town. All the Italian-style sandwiches are served on Philadelphia's famous hearth-baked Amoroso's rolls. The trio of owners hope to follow in Allyson's footsteps by adding sales of deli meats by the pound.

Recommended: "Blazer" sandwich combines shaved roast beef, Genoa salami, provolone, lettuce and tomato between slices of Apple Cellar Bakery sourdough; the club is a deluxe version thick with Black Forest ham, turkey, crispy bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato on toasted sourdough; the BLT delivers everything that fans of this classic expect.

Alternative diets: Two vegetarian sandwiches; gluten-free bread option.

Beverages: Canned and bottled sodas and waters.

Price range: Sandwiches, $6.95 to $8.95; salads and antipasto, $3.95 to $14.95; add-ons $1 to $2; single-serving bags of chips, 50 cents.

Extras: Entrances on Main and Pioneer streets; street parking or in free lot at Pioneer and Lithia Way; accepts most credit cards but no checks

Serving: From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Info: 107 E. Main St., Ashland; 541-499-9651; www.facebook.com/thedelidownstairs.

— Sarah Lemon

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