Pastrami and The City
The 'hounds collective knowledge grows...
Golden Gate Meats at the Ferry Bldg.
Carnegie Delicatessen Pastrami @ Costco
M&L Market (14th St. @ Market St.)
Quincy's (1408 Market near Van Ness/Civic Center)
Moishe's Pippic, 425 Hayes St.
Memphis Minnie's on Haight St. (Wednesdays
)East Coast West on Polk St.
California Street Delicatessen at the JCC
Ak Meats/AK Subs on Clement St.
Do You Remember When? David Gringrass of Hawthorne Lane made lamb pastrami?
It is vacuum packed in two bags, each a pound IIRC. Your're supposed to microwave in the bag then open the bag but I find that putting some meat in a baggie with a few drops of water, then microwaving, yields a nice steamed result. It is sliced thinner than I would prefer. It is very, very close in flavor and fat content to the pastrami at Langer's in Los Angeles (touted by many as the best pastrami in the USA). For the price (about $11 for 2 pounds, I think) I don't think it can be beat.
Someone (maybe Kuisine) mentioned the fatty pastrami at Smart & Final. When you check out Quincy's, you might also want to try Ted's on Howard near 11th.
Ted's Market & Deli
1530 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103
And, Max's Opera Cafe and The Grove.
re: Zach Georgopoulos
Yeah, I'm with you on Haufbrau type places serving decent pastrami and the closest to switching off the craving button in my brain. That reminded me that I had a very satisfying pastrami sandwich at The Chick-N-Coop. It was over a year ago though ... reminds me I have to try that pie shop across the street some time.
ANYWAY, googling to check if it was still open, I found this Wikipedia article about California-style hofbraus, open and closed.
i'm always up for hofbraus,
is tommy's joint, the beer hall type joint with communal tables on van ness?
I thought great pstrami was a New York or an L.A. thing, until I tasted David's pastrami at Dean & De Luca in soho New York and found out it's from San Francisco. It seems that Dean & De Luca in Napa Valley has had it for years, and it's available in San Francisco at Ferry Plaza Golden Gate Meats. Tom Colicchio's 'wichcraft restaurants in New York and now San Francisco uses it in their pastrami sandwiches. Great depth of flavor not like most commercial pastrami.