Goldberg's Deli in Bellevue
ok, i hate to admit this, but i'm going through significant pain and suffering from missing a good salami sandwich, matzah ball, etc., etc., and i wouldn't flinch at a 3-4 hr drive to "pig out", pardon the expression...
I'm in PDX. Is it really worth the drive to Goldberg's deli in Bellevue? Or should i just head over to the jewish deli at the Albertsons on Beaverton-Hillsdale...
Speaking on behalf of the Pastrami Assessment Coalition of King County (really just a bunch of east coasty types at work + a friend of mine who Gets It going out for pastrami and bemoaning that it isn't great here), Goldberg's is not worth it. We did an assessment there soon after it opened. The meat was decent. I thought the rye bread was dull. Half sour pickles weren't anything to write home about (except that someone had heard of a half sour pickle). Blintzes were acceptable. The whitefish was too salty, not oily enough. It was way overpriced. The atmosphere was wrong for the type of food, as was the perkiness level of the waitress.
If you're in Portland, what about Kornblatt's? I was happy with their stuff - meat, rye bread, challah and attitude. Pickles were lacking.
i'm not at all sure it's worth a 4-hour drive (few restaurants are) but the matzoh balls are light and flavorful, the broth is rich and arrives hot, the salami is hebrew national, the rye bread is as good as it gets in washington (but third rate by new york standards), the gefulte fish is home-made (!), the half-sour pickles are good enough to ask for more, the pastrami is properly deckle but, sadly, steamed rather than kept hot. go if you are in the area but not, as michelin puts it, worth a special trip