I have never been greeted by a friendlier staff than that of Luda’s Deli in the North End. The mother/daughter run diner greeted us with open arms (yes, my friend did have his arms around her at one point) and big smiles as we snagged a spot with just an hour before they were to close. Two weeks before this clubbin’ adventure I drove out to Luda’s only to find out they were closed, so I was overjoyed to make it this time. Its been a long time brewin to get my hands on one of Winnipeg’s top votes for best club in the city as per the Winnipeg Free Press reader’s votes.
Luda’s sits prolly 30 people, and it’s pretty tight in the restaurant that could be easily mistaken for a house. From the chairs to red plastic cups this place is a classic diner. If you are driving down Salter just look for the big painted butterflies on the side of the restaurant and you’ll find it. Luda’s is the perfect place to grab lunch, but is it the perfect place for a club? Let’s see.
The Luda’s club is large and in charge. They offer two versions on the menu, the triple-decker and the double-decker – both priced the same though, and both have all the classic fixins. One added thing that is not on your average club is mustard, and it was a nice addition. In fact, this is the first club I have ever had with mustard! Also, they offer melted swish cheese and a variety of bread choices all fresh from Gunn’s Bakery – rye, brown, white, and pumpernickel for your munchin pleasure.
The club was big, tasty, and cheap, but honestly I have to say I was pretty disappointed to see that the club had a mountain of processed meat in it. Actually, there was too much and it hurt the club in the long run. The owner of Luda’s says she shaves her meats fresh daily, but it’s still off a processed roll. If I am wrong someone please enlighten me, but this can’t possibly be called fresh turkey.
So the club has some good and some bad. Do I feel it is in the upper echelon of clubs in Winnipeg? Quite frankly I do not, but Luda’s is definitely a place you need to check out.
On a side note, many people have been vouching that Luda’s has the best ruben sandy around. I know, I shouldn’t be promoting a ruben on a clubhouse blog, but credit is due where credit is due. And although I didn’t get to witness the ruben in all of its glory, judging by my credible sources I can say with confidence that it is a thing of beauty.
Luda’s has been runnin’ strong for 27 years, but that doesn’t mean they have debit machines, so don’t forget cash. Also their parking lot has room for 5 cars and they are only open till 2.
Oh and one last shout out to Anders Homenick for taking the time from saving lives as a paramedic and comin clubbin and offering to shoot the photos for the blog. Unfortunately Anders blew it big time and none of the photos turned out. Thanks.
Price: $6.95 – just the sammy