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Any good deli in San Diego?

I've been to Elijah, DZ Akins, City Deli, and sorry but none of them are really that good.

Does anyone know of a decent, honest-to-goodness Jewish deli in San Diego?

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  1. Growing up in the Northeastern US I've given up on deli out here. City deli is as good as I found in my short time here - one good sign is the bucket of pickles on the table. The corned beef and pastrami are quite good (I think they make it themselves) but the weak link is the lack of good rye bread.

    I have heard of a place in LA that supposedly has better pastrami than any deli in NYC. I'll have to check that one out.

    1. My family likes DZ AKINS, they also have the pickles on the table and an extensive menu of ethnic dishes and desserts. They bake their own rye and also like to take one home with us. It is also great for kids.

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      1. re: normalheightsfoodie

        DZ Akins isn't very good, IMO. Their tableside pickles aren't sour, and their food is overpriced and mediocre. I feel exactly the same way about City Deli. I was hoping someone might know of an undiscovered gem, but sounds like there aren't any.

        1. re: Josh

          Josh, when you say their pickles aren't sour, I would say that half-sours are the standard in NYC and I tend to rate a deli for the halfness of them. If you meant they are sweet, then it's time to move back east!

          1. re: Anniebird

            DZ's pickles are more like quarter sour than even half sour. IMO Anything less than full sour may as well be a cucumber anyway.

        2. re: normalheightsfoodie

          The meats - i.e. pastrami, corned beef, etc. - are Vienna Beef products; yes, the same folks that make really great, all beef made from bull meat, hot dogs.

          My beef with DZ Akins is that the portion sizes are obsurdly huge. And America wonders why it's got a weight problem! Do we REALLY need to eat that much food.

          1. re: DiningDiva

            The portion sizes are what make Jewish deli's Jewish deli's. you cant have a wimpy pastrami/tongue/corned beef sandwich. What i do is order extra bread and take home what i dont eat, then you get two sandwiches for the price of one.

            1. re: MVNYC

              Yeah, I know portion size is one of the things that makes a Jewish deli a Jewish deli and that providing a good value (i.e. a lot of food) for a small or very reasonable price was a very good thing. It's still a lot of food and our lifestyles have since changed. I do, however, really like your idea of ordering extra bread and making a second or third meal out of the first :-)

              1. re: DiningDiva

                Funny, I've never considered portion sizes as being relevant to the quality of the deli, which is not to say that's what I think you and MVNYC are saying at all.

                Certainly we Jews do tend to like larger portions, but that's not the aspect that I lament. DZ Akins gives plenty of food, it's just plenty of mediocre food.

                If I could just find a decent whitefish salad sandwich I'd be happy.

                1. re: DiningDiva

                  Replying to Josh below-I didnt mean portion sizes equated good quality, it was just a common theme in all good Jewish Delis i have been to that the sandwiches were large.

          2. I have not found anything good out here. The above mentioned ones arent very good in my opinion. I usually just wait unitl i visit my family back in NYC.

            1. I was encouraged by The Place on El Cajon Blvd. when it first opened, but haven't been up that way in some time. Anyone else been there recently?

              1. there are no good delis in SD--that is IF you've had good deli in NYC, LA and elsewhere. we save our sheckels and waists for Brent's Deli in Northridge. EVERYTHING is good there!