Depot Deli and Cookies, Etc. has only been open for a few weeks now, but it’s the perfect addition to a growing list of shops that have taken over the old railroad depot at the end of Main Street. If you’re a sucker for a good sandwich and a cup of hot soup, as I am, it’s the perfect lunch spot.
Owners Mary Jo and Jon Banwart are already familiar to Ames baked-good aficionados – the pair operates the Cookies, Etc. location in the North Grand Mall. It was their desire to expand beyond cookies that led to the deli’s opening. The couple figured that the depot would be a great location, and they’ve taken care to keep some of the original charm of the old building. It offers a comfortable indoor dining room, along with 50 seats outdoors under the covered canopy, for those who enjoy dining al fresco and perhaps listening to a train roll by.
We were excited to try the new place upon the recommendation of friends of ours, Ames foodies who are always up for a new tasting adventure. We arrived Sunday for a late lunch, where manager Scott Russell was cheerfully making tasty sandwiches. The menu has a great selection of deli sandwiches, just as you’d expect. My husband got the tuna nicoise ($7.79), an entire salad served sandwich style with tuna, mayonnaise, celery, olives, onion, and tomato topped with a house-made deviled egg. I opted for the pigs with wings sandwich, which had turkey breast, ham, bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion and mayonnaise ($7.79). A half sandwich, side and drink combo option is available from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
I opted for Grandma’s potato salad as my side. My husband chose the Greek pasta salad. Other menu offerings include vegetarian sandwiches, salads, and fresh-made soup. If you can’t stay, Scott is happy to box up a lunch to go, and the shop also offers box lunches and sandwich platters for groups.
After that, it was time for cookies. I had a lemon sugar cookie topped with cream cheese frosting that was ah-mazing. My husband opted for the traditional chocolate chip, one with nuts and one without. There are also lemon bars, Linzer raspberry bars, macaroons, and a rotating variety of other tempting choices.
Whether you want to meet a friend for coffee and fresh-baked muffins or enjoy a light lunch or dinner, Depot Deli is the new spot to try in town.
Depot Deli and Cookies, Etc.
526 Main St.
Daily: 9 a.m. coffee and muffins fresh from the oven
11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Lunch and dinner