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Sep 26, 2001 02:54 PM


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Anyone know where one can get really good lox (or other smoked salmon) in the D.C. area? Or is the quest as hopeless a finding a world-class deli around here? Thanks

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  1. Go to Greg's Bagels (519 E. Belvedere Ave.) in Baltimore. They specialize in smoked salmon and smoked fish. They have up to 15 different varieties of salmon from the far corners of the world, including Alaska (home of the moist and meaty wild coho salmon), Canada's Bay of Fundy (origin point of piquant house favorite Jail Island), and Iceland (the beechwood-smoked Icelandic. They also roll their own bagels.

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    1. re: asun

      Baltimore is a long way to go from DC for lox, but coming from NYC it might be the only solution. I have not found any decent smoked fish in Washington, similar to, say, Zabar's in NYC. They should have a branch here!

      Does the jewish community in baltimore have other places as well for deli, smoked fish?

      1. re: Sam

        There are a few places, but nothing nearly as good as Greg's. There's a place called Attman's near Little Italy that stylizes itself a NYC deli and has pretty good salmon.

        But nothing like Greg's. Personally, I never knew there were so many kinds of salmon. Greg's usually has (call for availability) both Alaskan Red King and White King salmon. They also have a Moroccan salmon that they serve with mango chutney that tastes a lot better than it sounds!

        1. re: asun

          There is a very active orthodox Jewish community out on Reisterstown Road/Pikesville... and I've seen all sorts of hole-in-the-wall corner deli's which, I can only imagine, must be good. Haven't had time to do a deli-crawl out there, but I'll put it on the 'ole "to do" list for sure.

          1. re: Shmingrid

            Greg's, I'm sure is fine, but Baltimore has plenty of fine places to get good smoked fish. The Suburban House in Pikesville has a classic deli, with wonderful smoked fish, and I'd reckon the prices might be competitive with Greg's, which, again, I'm sure is fine, and may even have a wider variety of smoked fish than the decades-old Jewish delis, but in no way can be credited with introducing beautiful smoked fish to Baltimore, where it's been enjoyed for decades and decades by generations of descriminating deli eaters.

    2. If you're in the Washington area, I would suggest you try Parkway Deli on Grubb Road in Silver Spring, MD. Great lox and bagels. Best corned beef and pastrami in town. Matza ball soup, knishes, blintzes, chopped liver, stuffed cabbage and all the other dishes you'd expect. You'll know by all the regulars and the waitress's mothering that this is the place you've been looking for.

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      1. re: Bill

        I second this! The parkway deli has great comfort food. Their matzo ball soup is very therapeutic.

      2. Krupin's in Tenleytown has terrific lox (and whitefish and sable) which they claim to "import" from Brooklyn; their smoked fish is far superior to their deli offerings.