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D.  Brian's
9-01-04

D. Brian's Deli & Catering

Dine In, Carryout & Catering

Doug Sams, owner of D. Brians, has a mission. Provide fresh, deli-style food to office workers and professionals across the Twin Cities.  With seven locations in skyways, towers, and business districts, his strategy seems to be working.

The best thing about D. Brians is that you can walk right up to the person who cooks your food and tell them exactly what you want and how you want it. That turns the already large menu into a veritable smorgasbord of culinary opportunity.  For sandwiches, you have a choice of fresh breads including Doug’s favorite, nine grain with wild rice. Top that with deli sliced meat and cheese, your choice of greens, and your favorite spread, and you have a healthy and nutritious meal that just might be one of the tastiest lunches going. D. Brians also sports a grill so they can offer your favorite breakfast foods, cooked to order, all morning and into the afternoon.

One of the most remarkable things about D. Brians is their extensive catering services. They have a downloadable catering menu on their website and the selection of catering experiences they offer is amazing. The menu shows platters ranging from cookie, bakery, and fresh fruit, to deli dollar sandwiches and meat and cheese sandwiches. They also have boxed lunches for working meetings and fun party platters such as shrimp, fruit kabobs, and deli wraps. One of my favorites is their Grand Breakfast Buffet. For a minimum of eight guests, the event includes scrambled eggs, bacon strips, American potatoes, and a selection of bakery goods. What a way to start your day-long seminar!

D. Brians is open from 6am until 3pm. If you can slip in before 11am or wait until after 1pm, you’ll avoid the lunch rush. Breakfast prices run from one dollar for bagels or donuts to $4.77 for the omelet combo with toast and hash browns. Entrée salads with breadsticks run $4.49 to $7.99. There are also a number of fresh, hot soups for $3.19 a cup or $3.89 a bowl. The deli, grilled, or wrap sandwiches are too numerous to list but all are amazingly under $6.00. D. Brians also has a large offering of low-carb items in every category at reasonable prices.