At Scotty’s, you line up and place your order at the window to the small kitchen where everything is prepared in plain sight by manager Sara Rymer. Many days the line is long shortly after the 11 a.m. opening for lunch. The booths and tables fill up first, then there are stools at a window seating counter where you can eat.

We enjoyed the window seating when I went there with my granddaughter Carmen Hagerty (CH) and Susie Shaft (SS). The Shrimp PoBoy suited CH well — with shrimp, lettuce and tomato on French roll ($10.50). SS enjoyed a bowl of tomato soup. My choice was beef stroganoff ($9) that turned out to be hearty and plenty to share.

The menu ranges from soups, salads, sandwiches and chili to lavosh choices good for eating in or to go for eating at home. Lavosh comes in 10- or 16-inch crust sizes with Havarti cheese.

On a second stop at Scotty’s with CH, we had a chance to get a good look at the rural Doyea photography that adds interest at Scotty’s. Customers who come in first seem to prefer seating in this slightly raised area. Others choose tables and chairs on the main level of the small café. Workmen seem to come in and out for lunch with no time to dawdle. Coffee drinkers in the afternoon linger longer.

Although Scotty’s deli looks small, it has 48 seats in normal times – but only 35 during these days of caution required by coronavirus.

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Among the starters, there are beef tips and deluxe tips available. There’s a house salad and chili among the choices. The menu offers eight versions of lavosh including Caribbean Chicken. The Club House sandwich, one of my all time favorites is offered here for $10.50. The only problem for me is the cheese in Scotty’s version. And I guess you could request the Club House without it.

Choices are plentiful for mid-day eating or afternoon lunching at Scotty’s Deli. The menu begins with lavosh and cold sandwiches and moves on to soup, salad and chili. Then there are wraps, hot sandwiches, baskets and a lighter menu including walleye nuggets and chicken strips.

Various customers have various reasons to pull off South Washington Street at Scotty’s. Maybe it’s a basket of walleye nuggets that draw them in. Or it could be a Grinder – a sandwich with taco meat, ham, turkey, lettuce, cheese and white grinder sauce on a sub bun.

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at or by telephone at 701-772-1055.


Scotty’s Deli and Catering

1113 S. Washington St.

Telephone: 701-757-0965

Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday with 8 pm. closing Friday and Saturday; closed Sunday

Owner: Scott Doyea

Manager: Sara Rymer

Report card: For a small restaurant, Scotty’s has large choice of baskets, starters, soups, salads, lavosh, sandwiches and wraps. The food is good and draws a cross section of customers. There is delivery available through the Food Dudes.