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Friday December 10th, 2010

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Malic's Restaurant and Delicatessen has been a landmark in Windsor since 1929. (Photo By: Jeannette Catherine)

While restaurants open every day, few survive long enough to develop the character one Windsor landmark has.

Perhaps best known for its corn beef, Malic’s Restaurant & Delicatessen has been serving customers at 543 Wyandotte St. East for over 75 years. Although the deli has had many owners since it first opened, it’s outlasted many competitors and continues to thrive.

Entering the building, a deli counter showcasing different meats welcomes those looking for a bite to eat. Tables and small booths are spread out through the cozy diner-style restaurant as patrons can be heard. Historical reminders hang on the walls in the form of an old Beatles poster, swaying hips Elvis clock and calendars from years past: It’s a unique look you won’t find anywhere else in the city.

With a wide variety of sandwhiches and burgers, Malic’s is perfect for a fast lunch or dinner. Most meals are served on rye bread so those who enjoy it will be in heaven. For people interested in something else however, dishes like the Philly Steak & Cheese come without. There are also sandwhiches that will test the limits of hunger, including a double-decker clubhouse most won’t be able to fit in their mouths.

Even the side of Malic's exterior is eye-catching and memorable. (Photo By: Jeannette Catherine)

Service at the restaurant is also great: The waitresses are friendly and know the menu well enough to offer suggestions. With so many items to choose from, this knowledge is very helpful in providing customers with a great dining experience.

Although some may argue Malic’s needs updating, its dated look also provides a certain charm. Modern or not, when the food and service are so good it doesn’t really matter in the end.

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