Have a stroll down King Street this Canada Day

From last year: Canada Day 2010, Saint John, New Brunswick. (Urban Deli photo)

We’ve opened for Canada Day and will be open till 4:00 this afternoon. So when you’re in the Uptown, pay us a visit and say, “Happy Canada Day!”

Come take a stroll down King Street and support all the vendors along both sides of street!

Inside at Urban Deli, we have our regular menu plus a breakfast sandwich feature. And outside? …

We’re also set up outside today on King Street and we have grilled English Muffin breakfast sandwich plus health bars, ice tea & lemonade…all made in-house.

As for lunch … We’re featuring deliciously fresh Lobster Rolls — selling them inside the Deli and outside on King. And outside only: pulled pork English Muffin!

It promises to be a great day in the Uptown and everyone on King Street would love to see you and celebrate the country we love. Have a safe and fun Canada Day!


Thank you Sea Dogs!

Wow! What an incredible season our Saint John Sea Dogs gave us! And now they’ve given us, and all of Atlantic Canada, our first Memorial Cup!

And here’s something from the Globe called The Rise of the Maritimes in the QMJHL.

We want to send a big Urban Deli thank you to the Sea Dogs. It was a fabulous ride and we hope to do it again next year. For now, we’re all loving this one.

On another note, we’d also like to thank Kelly Lawson for this great piece, LensView | Last of the Series. She talks about a wonderful evening they had starting here at the Deli, then over to the Imperial for a marvelous night with Symphony New Brunswick. Thanks for the kind words, Kelly!


Breakfast, Fundy Food Festival and Symphony NB

We’ve got our breakfast menu going in the Deli this morning till noon-ish when our main menu kicks in. Later today you’ll find us at the Fundy Food Festival.

That starts at 5:30pm and we’ll be on hand featuring items from our catering menu. We hope to see you there — it promises to be a foodie’s dream!

By the way, hat’s off to Symphony New Brunswick for this great video, “A Night at Symphony New Brunswick.” Of course, we like the shots of Urban Deli but if you watch you’ll see in the latter half the fabulous Imperial Theatre. (Have a look at their picture gallery.)

It’s just an all around great video of a wonderful night. We love it!

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Now that is living life Uptown!


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Imperial

If you’ve ever seen the movie Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives), you’re probably aware that it was based on the play by Tennessee Williams (who apparently didn’t care for what the filmmakers did to his play).

Now you have a chance to see the play itself. The Saint John Theatre Company is putting it on at the Imperial Theatre, May 19th to 21st. Directed by Stephen Tobias, the play talks about mendacity (untruthfulness). A favourite quote is from the character Big Daddy, who says, “There ain’t nothin’ more powerful than the odor of mendacity…You can smell it. It smells like death.”

In describing the play, the SJ Theatre Company says,

On a Southern plantation a family celebrates the birthday of their patriarch.  A number of evils poison the gaiety: greed, sins of the past and desperate, clawing hopes for the future …

We bring all this up because Urban Deli is a sponsor of the play and had some tickets to give away for the opening night, Thursday the 19th. And they’ve now been drawn. The winner is Charles E. Frees-Melvin.  Congratulations Charles!

We hope every one can get out and catch the play. It’s one of Tennessee Williams best known plays and there are few better than Tennessee for arresting, lyrical language and drama.

One last thing … The cat reference? That would be the character known as Maggie, the cat (played by Liz Taylor in the film version; played by Emily Bartlett in the current stage production).

You can get more information on the play and order tickets at the Imperial Theatre. And if you want to read an article on the production, see ‘Intense family drama’ from CanadaEast.


Urban Deli named one of the places to eat in Canada

If there is a bible for Canadian foodies, it’s Where to Eat in Canada. It lists, and reviews, the best restaurants across the country so that when you’re travelling, you know where to go for great eating.

Published by Oberon Press, Urban Deli just received the most wonderful letter from them. The letter reads, in part:

“This year your restaurant has been chosen as one of the best in the country by the national restaurant guide … Our people travel Canada from coast to coast and pick the best restaurants in every city and town in the country.”

Wow! We’re thrilled! We’re less than two years old (we opened July 13, 2009) and this is an incredible honour.

If you’re not familiar with Where to Eat in Canada (edited by Anne Hardy), it’s a book that has been coming out for over 40 years. It lists, as the title says, the best places to eat across the country. Over 400 pages, many people take it with them in their travels — in a glove compartment, backpack, whatever they have. It’s the go-to reference for foodies.

So if you’re out west, you know where to eat when you’re in Victoria, Calgary or Saskatoon. Travelling in Quebec? The book recommends the best places to eat. And when you’re in the Maritimes, especially down Saint John way, you know about Urban Deli!

They tell us the newest edition (2011, with Urban Deli in it) will be available in early June. We’re anxious to see it and read what they had to say. We’ll keep you up to date on that!

In the meantime, we’re sending a big thank you to our customers and fabulous staff. You guys are the reason we’re in there and you’re the reason we love what we do!

One last aside … we love this line from the letter they sent us: “Nobody can buy his way into this guide and nobody can buy his way out.

Sounds good to us!



We gave away tickets to Black Comedy at the Imperial

Director of 'Black Comedy', Scott Thomas (photo: Noel Chenier/Telegraph-Journal)

We’ve just given away a pair of tickets to Thursday’s performance of Black Comedy, written by Peter Shaffer and on the main stage at the Imperial Theatre. The tickets are thanks to the Saint John Theatre Company and it should be an intriguing and funny show.

Scott Thomas will be directing and the Telegraph-Journal tells us it is his directorial debut and he is, “… the founder of Improvisation Corporation, a group of comedic improvisers who perform a variety of shows and formats around the city.”

Our winner is Kim Atkinson of Saint John. She was pretty excited about winning the tickets. Thanks to everyone who filled out ballots at the restaurant! And by the way …

You don’t have to win tickets to see Black Comedy. It runs Thursday through Saturday this week, March 17 to 19, and you can get tickets by calling the Imperial at 674-4100.


Some very belated congratulations

Good grief! Talk about late out of the gate … We’ve been so busy lately in the restaurant and with catering, we’ve fallen way behind on our site. That would be fine, such things happen when you’re a relatively small operation and there loads of things needing your attention, but we’ve neglected some people that should have been given a tip of the hat and a, “Well done!”

We’re referring to this year’s The Saltys, Saint John’s first ever social media awards. It was thrilling for us because we found ourselves nominated in one of the categories. It was completely unexpected and we we’re thrilled. We didn’t grab the top honour but, as they say at the Oscars, we got a real charge out of the nomination and felt privileged to me in the running.

We want to send a big congratulations out to this year’s winners:

Mel won in the category we found ourselves in and we think it was well-deserved. The big night was held at SJAH, just down the street from us. Fran made it to the big night but Bill was stuck up in Frederiction. (They’re the two helping out with our social media efforts.)

Once again, “Bravo!” to all the winners and nominees. This is meant to be an annual event, so we’re looking forward to next year’s awards and hope this thing just grows and grows (kind of like social media itself).