Dovetail Delicatessen: Love the Dove (and the Deli)

by Cindy

Dovetail is a joint technique used in carpentry, a harmonious fit and union between two pieces. It’s fitting that the brick-and-mortar space is home to Edmonton’s favourite mobile eatery, Drift Food Truck, as well as Nevin and Kara Fenske’s newest carvery, Dovetail Delicatessen. Josh and I checked out the space last week for lunch, all but a month after their opening.

Dovetail Delicatessen

Dovetail Delicatessen

Dovetail Delicatessen is located on the growing 124 Street, and better pinpointed as “across from Duchess Bakery” to those who need a landmark. I had previously been to the unfinished space when they hosted the Honest Dumplings pop-up and was excited to see that the kitchen remained an open concept, the space filled with natural light, and now home to a beautiful carving station and display of salads, cold sandwiches, and samosas.

Dovetail Delicatessen: Daily Roast - Corned Beef with Carrot Salad

Daily Roast – Corned Beef with Carrot Salad

The roast changes daily and is carved to order. That day’s feature was corned beef with in-house mustards and pickles. The brisket was well seasoned and had good flavour, tender, and the housemade condiments were delicious. German buns are made fresh by Vienna Bakery. I also had the carrot salad, complete with raisins, pine nuts and pumpkin seeds, and a light dressing.

Dovetail Delicatessen: Chickpea Salad

Chickpea Salad

Dovetail Delicatessen: Samosas and Cilantro Chutney

Samosas and Cilantro Chutney

Josh ordered the daily carve with the chickpea salad and seemed satisfied with his lunch. We also ordered samosas with a cilantro chutney, which were absolutely delicious and giving Remedy’s a run for its money.

Dovetail Delicatessen

Dovetail Delicatessen

Past features have included pork shoulder and roast beef and whatever is on the board, you can be sure that the alternative meat is available in sandwich form in the display case. Egg sandwiches are always available and salads rotate. Staff mentioned that things were a little busy as the food truck season just recently began, and Dovetail Delicatessen was settling in nicely in the new home. Cured meats is in the plans, something I’m definitely excited to see.

Dovetail Delicatessen: Carvery


I was full off of my order (sandwich, salad, and a samosa) making it a great meal for little ol’ me although I would think would leave others wishing there was more. Between the food truck and the space though, Edmontonians will be happy to know they can grab homemade food utilizing fresh and local ingredients. Extended hours until 6:30PM also makes it a great spot for after a hard work day to grab a beer and relax! I know I’m looking forward to grabbing another bite (here’s hoping there chimichurri next round!) with my next visit to the 124 Grand Market. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Dovetail Delicatessen
10721 – 124 St
(780) 705-1293
11:30A-6:30P, M-F

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