I was driven by hunger more than adventure, when I stopped at Nielsen's!
After a humid (and disappointing) morning of tennis I was thrilled to find this tiny deli, that I read about recently.
I hadn't planned on a dining adventure in my grubby tennis attire, but it was 2:00 and I needed food!
Location! Location! Location!
5 bonus points for this funny little spot's location, just inside The Loop on Richmond Avenue.
People who live in the houses next door can walk over and business folks in the Galleria area can drive over in 2 minutes...and maybe spend 10 minutes waiting for a parking space. I'm not sure where the original Neilsen's was when it opened 60 years ago...before it burned down.
What can I order that's Danish?
Ricardo, who is obviously not from Denmark was working behind the counter and happily steered me towards Liver Paste and Havarti Sandwich! You must know, I hate liver. But, I'm always game for authentic sampling! It looks pretty creepy in the photo, but there is a homemade mustardy-mayo that made this sandwich pretty darn good! And I also purchased a package of homemade Danish butter cookies! 3 points for Nielsen's sandwich!
Don't bring a friend!
I think everyone in the deli was alone. It must be a rule. There's just no room for more than a few bodies, so leave your friends in the car. With about 5 stools, I was lucky to get a seat at all. 5 bonus points for how silly I felt sitting there in my tennis clothes eating my sandwich with a few gentlemen, either staring into the parking lot or into their computer!
I love a family business, especially when they show pride in their heritage! There was a lot to look at while I waited for my order. Colorful Danish posters, framed news clippings, even an informative obituary! I learned quite a bit about the restaurant's history. 5 bonus points for the Nielsen family and their 60 years of business...even if I didn't meet them!
Sorry I didn't get to meet Ellen and Dick!
They started this business so many years ago. I'm afraid they are no longer with us. But luckily the restaurant was passed down to their children...I didn't get to meet any of them, either.
People Encounter at the Counter!
However, I did get to meet Lyle! I ate my sandwich sitting on a stool next to his. We talked about how we both grew up in the Midwest. (we should have talked about how we had white hats and glasses in common!) We talked about snow and London and others restaurants in the area.
As we jabbered, I noticed a gentleman, nearby on his computer. I'm pretty sure the man was eavesdropping. I decided to interrupt his important work, to ask him to take our picture. Yikes! Now that I see this photo, I hope I didn't freak Lyle out. That's some wild Bozo-style tennis hair going on! 10 bonus points for Lyle...accepting me as I am!
A Total of 28 points for Nielsen's Danish Deli!
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.