As a historically Swedish neighborhood, Andersonville has very few remnants of its Scandinavian past. But stroll into Erickson's Delicatessen and you're surrounded by the blue and yellow hues of the Swedish flag, pickled herrings, salty black licorice and the friendliness of the blond-haired mom-and-daughter pair behind the counter.
Erickson's has been the place for all things Scandinavian since 1925, but don't be intimidated by the foreign sounding names or unfamiliar languages on some of the products. And don't get confused by its name, which probably would have been changed to Erickson's Gourmet Foods if it weren't for such a rich tradition that no one has felt comfortable breaking. About 90 to 95 percent of Erickson's products are imported, mostly from Sweden, Denmark and Norway, with a few items from Germany, Italy and Holland. You'll find more forms of lingonberries than you've ever imagined (fresh, syrup, juice concentrate, jamů) as well as potato sausage, flat breads, popular cheeses and anything you'd need for a holiday smorgasbord.
Ann-Britt Nilsson, daughter of owner Ann-Mari Nilsson, said the store has as large of an assortment of Scandinavian goods in one spot as you can find in the United States. As a result, customers drive in from hours away and come from such far-away states such as Alaska and Hawaii during the holiday season.
Centerstage Reviewer: Laura Brown