On the Menu: Make it Milton’s when you’re in the mood for deli-delicious
By Kelley Carlson
Milton’s Restaurant-Delicatessen offers the nostalgia of 1940s San Diego, with a fresh food selection of classic cuisine.
Owned by David Levy and Barry Robbins, Milton’s features more than 200 items on the menu alone, appealing to everyone from ages 3 to 93. And that doesn’t even include all the deli selections.
“We bake our own breads and pastries on the premises, and we import our meats (from Chicago) and fish (from New York),” Robbins said. “The portions are very generous.”
Upon entering the establishment, customers have a chance to feast their eyes on the deli’s offerings and the green neon Milton’s sign. Meats hang over display cases filled with additional cold cuts and seafood; corners are filled with baked goods, while colorful pastries abound. There’s an array of beverages, from specialty coffees to Dr. Brown’s sodas. And naturally, Milton’s-brand items are available for purchase, including multi-grain crackers, bread and preserves.
Turn right and enter the restaurant for a step back in time. Black-and-white pictures of cars, people and businesses from the 1940s decorate the walls. There also are “old-school” advertisements for companies such as Kellogg’s, and large photos depicting Milton’s fare to entice the customer. Meanwhile, a gigantic clock with Roman numerals tracks the hour in the center of the dining room, keeping patrons in the present. Large, arched windows provide a glimpse of palm trees swaying in the Southern California breeze.
Seemingly every breakfast dish imaginable is served throughout the day — from Milton’s Yogurt Parfait, with house-made granola and fruit, to Lox Benedict and Cheese Blintzes (Jewish Crepes).
For later meals, entrees cover the spectrum, from vegetarian to comfort foods. On the “light” end, try Milton’s Stuffed Tomato or Avocado, filled with your choice of tuna, chicken or egg salad; or the Chinese Chicken Salad. For richer options, consider the Macaroni and Cheese, Chicken Pot Pie, Signature Meat Loaf, Pot Roast served on a bed of rice, or Baby-Back Ribs. And in between extremes are hamburgers with a variety of toppings, hot dogs and bratwurst, and “overstuffed” sandwiches.
Patrons in a hurry during midday can opt for a Brown Bagger Lunch Special with a build-your-own sandwich, pickle, cole slaw and a cookie.
From 4 to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Milton’s serves deep-dish, Chicago-style pizza — a carryover from Levy’s and Robbins’ days as owners of Chicago Brothers restaurant.
Still can’t decide what to order? Levy and General Manager Maria Colyer suggest a cup of the freshly made Our Famous Mish-Mosh Soup — chicken, noodles, carrots, matzo ball and kreplach in a chicken broth — and a sandwich with such meats as corned beef and pastrami. Make sure to include a side of homemade onion rings, fries or potato salad.
Keep in mind that a complimentary mini cinnamon raisin signature loaf is served warm on the table every evening and weekend mornings.
Children can amuse themselves by playing games and drawing the server on their special menu, which includes kid-friendly meals such as Grilled Cheese and a Turkey Dinner.
Colyer suggested that guests who want to avoid the rush, but receive the “same great service and food,” may consider dining on the premises between 2 and 6 p.m.
Milton’s can also be brought directly to the home. Delivery services are offered through Restaurants on the Run, via Milton’s Web site. Catering services are also available.
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