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100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die – Mr. P’s Butcher Shop & Deli

Sandwiches on a wheat roll with BBQ sauce at Mr. P’s Butcher Shop & Deli in Vestavia Hills (Birmingham) is my 80th dish on my quest to eat all 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die. 20th if I am counting down.

Not too far off I-65, I had about 20 minutes to find a food on my list. I popped into Mr. P’s Deli & Butcher.

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Mr. P’s Deli & Butcher Shop

 

The place was pretty steady with customers and I wasn’t quite sure what to do so I just followed along.

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 The lunch counter at Mr. P’s Deli.

From the large menu, I had a difficult time finding something that I loved with the criteria of a wheat roll and BBQ sauce. I chose the Hailey Belle made with ½ lb. white turkey, Mozzarella & Cheddar Cheese on a honey wheat bun but I needed to substitute BBQ sauce for the honey mustard.

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Mr. P’s Deli & butcher Sandwich on wheat roll with BBQ sauce

I sat down and noticed football decor on the wall, a self-serve  counter for utensils, napkins, and soda.

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Mr. P’s Dine-in area

Mr. P’s  has many sauces and seasonings for sale, some in gift packs. Mr. P. stands for Pilleteri.

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Mr. P’s sauce

 

While I was waiting for my sandwich, I looked around the small shop.

 

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Mr. P’s shop

Checked out the  butcher counter

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Butcher shop at Mr. P’s.

Looked at the food in the freezer case

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Mr. P’s freezer case

And headed out all in 20 minutes.

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Mr. P’s stuffed pork chops seemed pretty popular.

MEGastars ****  The sandwich was tasty and I would give it a 3 ***   The price point was $8.49 and I found it a bit small compared to a good deli sandwich that was served with a pickle spear.  Chips cost extra.  However, I gave the extra star for Alabama pride with the sauce products.  I enjoyed my stop at Mr. P’s Deli & Butcher Shop.

MEGatips:

  1. I read that the #1 selling sandwich is Mr. P’s Muffaletta.
  2. I thought this sandwich looked tempting. 1/3 lb. MR. P’s Ribeye Steak, Provolone Cheese with Pilleteri’s Marinade on a White Hoagie Bun.
  3. Take home some sauce and spices. Many are sold in grocery stores throughout Alabama.
  4. Mr. P’s shop is open Monday through Saturday from 8 A.M.- 6 P. ***To note, sandwiches are served from 8:30 A.M. – 5 P.M.
  5. Mr. P’s Deli link to the website.

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This MEGabites and MEGastars description is found at the bottom of each post. If you are new to my 100 Dishes in Alabama escapade, this may be helpful information.

ABOUT:  *100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die,” is a compilation of food to chow down on “Bama style.”  Thanks to Tourism Alabama, www.alabama.travel my Alabama bucket list just became a little easier.  I am going to have some food fun while making my way like Ms. Pacman, in yet another state that I call home.   From the little old diner to the white cloth setting, this journey is an opportunity for me to explore my new state and experience pride in food from restaurateurs who are dedicated to local food, with some Alabama style. From the local BBQ smoker to James Beard recipients, you too will take a culinary trip across scenic and historical Alabama.  From this list, I select stops based upon convenience of location and they are in no particular order (but I already have a few favorites.)  Perhaps when I finish this list, I will rank my favorite dishes. You too may pick up the brochure at Alabama Tourism stops or download the alphabetical brochure that begins in Abbeville and ends in York.

I use a 5 MEGastar system.  For the most part, I am traveling a distance to try these dishes and these places get one shot at how I view the food and experience.   I will not be taking an average of three visit experiences and I factor this in when I give my star rating. That said, I’m very easy to please, I can overlook quite a bit and have worked in the food service industry.  I am not a paid food critic, just Meg, a curious traveler, with an interest in trying different foods and sharing my two cents on the experience.  I try to follow my own star system so that I may be fair to the wonderful dishes on this list.

  • *meh food. Just wasn’t good. Maybe the food came from a can? or,  the place was not one that I would want to send someone to show pride in Alabama.   This has happened to me a few times and is a difficult write.
  • ** passable – the food was “ok” but the place  was not “ok” or vice versa.
  • *** good but not outstanding or unique.
  • **** Very tasty dish AND meets one of the definitions set forth by Alabama Foods/Tourism, of local food and/or truly highlights Alabama Pride.
  • ***** I actually died, went to heaven and came back when I ate the dish. And/Or, something is very unique, something you cannot get anywhere else.
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