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The Rascal House and Pumpernik's (Miami)

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I can't be the only person to have fond memories of these two Miami delis...I suspect some of you hit these places while visiting grandparents between games of shuffleboard and cups of coconut milk.

Are they still in business? Are they still good?

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  1. In a word, No. Quality went down years ago. Wolfie's is probably the best out of them, and even they aren't too great. But they still stand in line for rascal house. Pumperniks closed that was in North Miami, and reopened I think in Hallandale somewhere, but it's pretty lousy.

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    1. re: Steve
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      FAITHFUL CUSTOMER

      PUMPERNIKS HALLANDALE WAS THE BEST OF THE BEST.
      QUALITY FOOD AND A GREAT STAFF.
      WENDY IS SURELY MISSED BY PATRONS AND EMPLOYEE'S.

      1. re: FAITHFUL CUSTOMER

        How come it closed up? It truly was the best of the best, especially their chocolate babka. I'd love to know why they are no longer in business. Thanks in advance for your reply.

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      Steve Plotnicki

      Jim-I hit Rascal House for at least one meal when I'm in Miami with the wife and kids during their spring break. It hasn't changed at all over the years. In fact, last President's Day weekend I had a killer Cabbage Soup with Flanken there. Sometimes they're out of whole sour pickles which sort of changes the whole experience. They also have one of the best rice puddings around. It isn't the creamy stuff you get in Greek diners but more like a Gateau de Riz you would get in France. A large square of rice, eggs and vanilla
      held together with corn starch.

      1. I have many fond memories of the Rascal House dating back to the mid '60's. But alas, times change. I was in Fl. last March and went back for the first time in 3-5 years. Just 2 examples of how the Rascal has gone downhill...1)they used to have machine that made fresh Oj right upfront. It's gone and the Oj must have been made hours before. And this in Fl! The rolls/bread basket is no longer as fresh or as generous as it used to be . 3)1 more, I couln't get Matzobrei in March! The off season? What a shonda, the real death of a famous and original, Jewish Diner.

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        1. re: IVAN STOLER

          Freshness/generosity of roll basket was the cornerstone of the whole darned place. I'm in mourning.

          1. re: Jim Leff

            Sorry to read all the negetivity about Rascal House. Just had a wonderful chicken in the pot at the Boca Rascals and have enjoyed the hot onion rolls and miniature danishes and other rolls at breakfeast time. Just stay away from the older ny wiseguys who belittle the place and as they say in ny, "enjoy"

            1. re: Dr. Joel
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              Vital Information

              I too love Rascal House and wear my rascal tee incessantly. It's been about 8 months since my last visit, but it was pretty darn good then. we ate post dedication of my mother-in-law's tombstone. rascal house soothed.

              My favorite (normal) time to hit Rascal House is right at the cusp of breakfast and lunch. I order the herring as you will see why in a second. I enjoy the mini-danish as a prelude. I diddle-dawdle when the herring arrives until they start replacing the bread trays with the pickle bowls. Now, i start begging for the pickles at our table even though they do not like to do that. i seldom get the full panalopy of beets/cole slaw/cucumber/tomatos, but enough to side with the great herring, herring being a food that fits equally well with sweets and sours.

              A big bonus, for me at least when going to Rascal House, is cruising Collins for all that wonderous mid-century designs. Sadly, the small hotels are being destroyed for massive apartment complexes. The same movement that saved the art deco district needs to do the same thing to save the "modern" district.

              VI

          2. re: IVAN STOLER

            Sorry to hear about the basket, we are planning a trip to Miami and were looking forward to going to the Rascal House. Hope we are not disapointed.

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            FAITHFUL CUSTOMER

            NOT THE SAME-RASCAL HOUSE. GOOD AOL DAYS ARE GONE. PUMPERNIKS IN HALLANDALE IS CLOSED UP. ALTHOUGH, WENDY FROM PUMPERNIKS IS NOW AT BAGEL COVE ON BISCAYNE BLVD IN AVENTURA. YOU SHOULD TRY IT. EXCELLENT FOOD.

            1. Date: Feb 2006 = Last week, the two restaurants called the Wolfie Cohens Rascal House was closed (by it mediocure SoBe competitor and majority owner, Jerrys Famous Deli).

              Rascal House was located in N Miami Beach, now called Sunny Isles, and Boca.

              Pumpernicks in Miami and Hallandale has been closed for years..and one that opened in Hollywood/Penbroke Pines area didn't last long.

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              1. re: KenK

                NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO