Stopsky’s Delicatessen, the Mercer Island newbie whose stellar bagels couldn’t temper the spurn of Hanna Raskin, opted to give itself a few months of breathing room before launching dinner service. Now, after many hours of fine-tuning, the deli is ready to roll out an evening menu, says Jeff Sanderson, owner of the heretofore breakfast and lunch joint. When exactly is yet to be determined, but Sanderson estimates he’ll introduce the new offerings in the second half of September.
When that happens, diners can expect a fixed menu alongside a weekly “fresh sheet” of seven or eight entrees. Keeping with Stopsky’s mantra, those will “celebrate Jewish cuisine from around the world” while incorporating Northwest flair, Sanderson says. He noted some specials that have proved popular will reappear, pointing to an Israeli–inspired crispy cod as an example. Other dishes might include New York pan-seared chicken or beef tenderloin with fassoulia, tomato, and white beans.
Also in the works is a weekday “Nosh hour” from 4–6 featuring snacks such as pretzel bites and pastrami latkes and discounted beer and wine; and a beefed-up breakfast bill. The to-go counter, set to open at 8am on weekdays, will carry several morning sandwiches (an addition we heartily support) alongside knishes, kugels, and assorted baked goods and tarts.
When the new menus debut lunch hours will shift to Monday–Friday 11–4. Dinner service is slated for Monday–Saturday until 9pm.