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Good NY-type Pastrami in South Bay/Peninsula????

Larry Oct 11, 2000 08:43 PM

As a transplanted New Yorker, I've found suitable stand-ins for most NY-type foods I miss especially Pizza (Giovanni's as well as Vito's in Sunnyvale!!). The one food I cannot find is New York-style deli! The best I've found is Saul's in Berkeley. But, living in Palo Alto, it is a long trip. Does anyone know of a place to get GOOD deli in the Peninsula or SOuth Bay? Max's is just OK, it is on a par with Brother's in Burlingame and The Jew and the Gentile in Mountain View. None of these is a very good substitute. The Stage Deli in Vegas (the one in Caesar's not New York, New York!) or Cantor's or Jerry's in LA are places I go to also. I would like something closer. Help!!!

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    JB Leibovitch RE: Larry Oct 13, 2000 08:49 AM

    Saul's, unfortunately, is the best in either San Francisco or the East Bay since Shenson's on Geary closed. If you find anything better in the South Bay/Peninsula, please post. I grew up in LA, and I haven't been to Cantor's in years, but I hear they have slipped. IMHO, Jerry's in LA is just a small cut above Max's. My favorites in LA are Langer's on or near Albarado and Label's table on Pico. See the attached link for a discussion of Pastrami in LA.

    Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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    1. re: JB Leibovitch
      Melanie Wong RE: JB Leibovitch Nov 3, 2000 03:01 PM

      Hey JB, been to House of Bagels lately? I was passing through San Rafael today and stopped to pick up a corn beef/tongue combo. They put MAYO on my sandwich and the crust of the corn rye didn't have the same distinctive crackly-crunch. The corn beef was too dry, but the beef tongue was wonderfully unctuous. Cole slaw was tired, pickle was good. Is it just me or have they lost a step?

      1. re: Melanie Wong
        JB Leibovitch RE: Melanie Wong Jan 8, 2001 10:44 PM

        Haven't been there. I plan to try the pastrami at my local Noah's (the FIRST one, on College in Berkeley).

        1. re: JB Leibovitch
          Melanie Wong RE: JB Leibovitch Jan 9, 2001 02:30 PM

          I'll be waiting for your report. Had a pastrami sandwich at Saul's a few weeks ago and was disappointed. It wasn't sliced thin enough and was much too chewy/stringy. Pastrami should have that buttery texture, no matter how high it's stacked, you should be able to bite through the whole mass in one unctuous mouthful.

          1. re: Melanie Wong
            Larry Stein RE: Melanie Wong Jan 9, 2001 02:50 PM

            I just don't think it's possible to get such an animal in the Bay Area.

            I have a friend who lives in Burbank and whenever he comes up to the Bay Area (a few times a year), he generally brings me a care package from Billy's (kosher style deli in Glendale): a 1/2 loaf of light rye and a 1/2 pound each of pastrami and corned beef. He did this when we went to PacBell Park last July (he's a hard core Dodgers fan, his only fault...) and we made sandwiches at my place before heading up to the ballpark. A little slice of heaven (especially since the Giants won in the bottom of the 9th!)

            Now *that's* my idea of ballpark food!

            1. re: Larry Stein
              Melanie Wong RE: Larry Stein Jan 9, 2001 05:09 PM

              What a concept!

              Unfortunately, I think you're right. For now I content myself with the corned tongue at Brothers Deli in Burlingame.

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