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Ela's European Market & Deli, 5301 Forest Drive Suite D: 2009   8 comments

Posted at 10:59 pm in closing

This little hole-in-the-wall deli near Wal Mart on Forest Drive got a number of really good reviews. Apparently it was mainly a Polish deli with some Latin influence and really good Cuban sandwiches. I kept meaning to go by sometime for lunch, but never did actually make it.

UPDATE 1 Oct 2010 -- Ela's (and the Sprint store next door) are now part of a 24-hour fitness center:

UPDATE 6 December 2017: Modified the street address to suite-last format and added tags.

Written by ted on July 7th, 2009

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8 Responses to 'Ela's European Market & Deli, 5301 Forest Drive Suite D: 2009'

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  1. Terrible news. This place was the real deal if you were looking for Polish and other eastern European food. Fantastic kielbasa and kraut they made themselves. They also sold a few things you cannot find in your grocery store, like paprika that's actually spicy.


    8 Jul 09 at 11:53 am

  2. For a while after it closed, there was a note on the door saying that they were closed due to Ela's having suffered a stroke. Their website mentions this in their guestbook.


    8 Jul 09 at 12:03 pm

  3. I'm sorry to hear that!


    8 Jul 09 at 12:07 pm

  4. What a loss to Columia. We already struggle for authentic and consistently great food day in and day out. Ela's will be missed deeply by my wife and I. We wish ella and here family well!

    chip mauney

    29 Jul 09 at 1:20 pm

  5. I thought I would take a little different tack from commenting under the "Happy Blogday To Me" post and comment on the post where I actually discovered Columbia Closings. I had read an article in the "Free Times" several years ago about international groceries in Columbia, and for some reason late one night decided to look up Ela's Deli. I really loved the write-up about her in the "Free Times," and was just surfing around one night thinking about exotic foods, and low and behold, I discovered Columbia Closings. This would have been the middle of the summer of '09. I've been a regular visitor to this blog ever since, and consider all of you folks who comment regularly as familiar acquaintances, and I enjoy reading your comments very much. Congratulations Ted, and what a great flash of inspiration when you put this blog together.

    Wonder how Ela is doing after her stroke, anyone know about that?

    Michael Taylor

    30 Dec 10 at 2:13 am

  6. Update: Ela is doing ok she was Diagnosed with Progressive MS and from time to time she goes to few relapses that we're trying to stabilized with medication.

    She is not Disable meaning she no longer can work like she did back in 2006/2009.

    Thanks for the great comments God Bless y'all.

    Maybe in the near future I will bring back Ela's but she will not be running the Grill. Just Me (Chef Bamboo Cooper)

    James Cooper

    James Cooper

    30 Jul 16 at 3:33 pm

  7. check bold tags...


    18 Mar 18 at 4:02 pm

  8. D'oh!


    20 Mar 18 at 12:12 am

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