Belly Deli on South U
The small storefront, where the original No Thai! got its start (it moved to the first floor of the Landmark student high-rise last year), holds up to twenty customers, half of whom stand at a stainless-steel counter--giving the space a big-city vibe. He says the Bokum Balls (kimchee pork fried rice balls) are popular, as is the Belly Sammy pork loin sandwich and the Cheese Steak Sammy. He gets brisk business from students and lots of carryout orders. And, he says, word is getting out. "The other day, two guys from TCF [Bank] came by--and the next day they came back with their friends."
Belly Deli, 1317 South University, 669-8888. Mon.-Sun. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. a2bellydeli.com
[Originally published in June, 2013.]