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Jan 8, 2001 10:36 PM

Any Good Delis in SF?

  • k

Any good NY style delis here in the city? Been here almost a year and still haven't found any except Diller's downtown, which wasn't too impressive.

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  1. j
    JB Leibovitch

    Nope, sorry. Wish there were. See link.


    1. I've been here 25 years and I'm still searching. (Assume you're looking for Jewish delis; there ARE many good Italian delis).

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      1. re: Jennifer

        Perhaps in the outer Richmond there might be one....

        Though European Foods market on 30th and Clement does have some good Eastern European and Russian foods, esp. meats, blini, beets and other pickled salads.

        1. re: Kara

          What about David's near Union Square across from The Curran Theatre? They're Kosher.... Of course, I haven't eaten there since I was a child.....

      2. Unfortunately, no. I would think that if someone opened a real kosher/kosher-style deli in the Bay Area, it would be a license to print money.

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        1. re: Larry Stein
          JB Leibovitch

          Saul's in Berkekely is decent, and they are doing well enough to expand (about double) recently. Shenson's in SF on Geary was less polished but more authentic, and they shut down after changing ownership. I just think there are too few people in the Bay Area that recoil at the idea of mayonnaise a pastrami or think of Max's as producing a mediocre sandwich.

          1. re: JB Leibovitch
            Melanie Wong

            There are regional differences between the various Max's. I'll often grab a half pastrami sandwich at the Max's at Opera Plaza when I visit the book store there. Doesn't compare to NY, but it's decent.

            Made the mistake of ordering a pastrami sandwich at the Max's in Stanford Shopping Center. Didn't see the menu disclaimer that this was a lean, low fat style. Shouldn't that be illegal?

        2. I too have been searched the Bay Area in vain. I found Saul's to be a little disappointing (portion-wise), but the bulk-packed Ba-Tampte half sour pickles served and sold there are incredible. Much fresher than store-bought Ba-Tamptes.