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Any good deli in San Diego?

Josh Aug 24, 2006 03:58 PM

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. afinkle RE: Josh Aug 24, 2006 08:38 PM

    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.

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      normalheightsfoodie RE: Josh Aug 24, 2006 08:54 PM

      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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        Josh RE: normalheightsfoodie Aug 24, 2006 10:46 PM

        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.

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          Anniebird RE: Josh Apr 30, 2010 11:21 AM

          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!

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            JRSD RE: Anniebird Apr 30, 2010 11:37 AM

            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.

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          DiningDiva RE: normalheightsfoodie Aug 25, 2006 03:33 AM

          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.

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            MVNYC RE: DiningDiva Aug 25, 2006 06:34 PM

            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.

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              DiningDiva RE: MVNYC Aug 25, 2006 06:46 PM

              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 :-)

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                Josh RE: DiningDiva Aug 25, 2006 08:29 PM

                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.

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                  MVNYC RE: DiningDiva Aug 25, 2006 09:32 PM

                  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. MVNYC RE: Josh Aug 24, 2006 10:07 PM

            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. phee RE: Josh Aug 24, 2006 11:33 PM

              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?

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                daantaat RE: Josh Aug 25, 2006 12:12 AM

                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!

                1. Alice Q RE: Josh Aug 25, 2006 03:27 AM

                  DZ Akins is where most of my Jewish friends like to go for the foods they grew up with, but I agree that it's pretty mediocre and certainly not cheap. Nothing here compares to NY and LA. There are a few outposts of some of the major delis in Las Vegas - don't know how those compare to the originals.

                  1. honkman RE: Josh Aug 25, 2006 06:58 PM

                    Does anybody have any experience with Hershel's Deli in Encinitas and how it compares to the other delis mentioned ?


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                      Green_Turtle RE: honkman Aug 25, 2006 11:02 PM

                      Hershel's abruptly closed last weekend. Even the employees didn't know until they showed up for work and found the locks changed and the restaurant completely cleaned out inside.

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                        NYtoSanDiego RE: honkman Sep 21, 2006 06:46 PM

                        they suck! it looks like they heat up the pastrami before they serve because pastrami will shrivel when its heated, but when its freshly sliced it doesn't.

                      2. Captain Jack RE: Josh Aug 27, 2006 06:38 PM

                        Give Milton's in Del Mar a try. Its no Katz's but its not bad.

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                          daantaat RE: Josh Aug 28, 2006 03:25 AM

                          Milton's falls far below a good deli, plus more expensive to boot. Rye bread was not fresh, pastrami was dry. Not satisfying from a meal or a deli standpoint.

                          That said, we just found out that Brent's Deli will deliver to San Diego. :-) Didn't ask about the delivery charge though!

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                            Divamac RE: daantaat Aug 28, 2006 04:17 AM

                            Agreed about Milton's. I went once, got a tuna melt and hated it. The tuna was weirdly sweet. Also got some hammentashen fron there that was also not too great. On the other hand, the tuna melt and the hammentashen from City Deli are decent when I am having a craving.

                            Is here anywhere at all in SD to ge whitefish?

                          2. Alice Q RE: Josh Aug 28, 2006 05:24 AM

                            Crest Cafe in Hillcrest used to have a killer tuna melt. I haven't been there in ages, but I would bet it's still on the menu. They are also open late.

                            1. El Chevere RE: Josh Sep 23, 2006 05:05 AM

                              If you are from NY and comparing it to NY deli's, you will be very disappointed with the Jewish deli offerings here in San Diego. Your best bet is to save your NY deli appetite for when you visit Vegas or Beverly Hills/Fairfax.

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                                barbian7 RE: El Chevere May 2, 2010 09:27 PM

                                If you like everything bagels, I think the ones at PL Bagels on Voltaire in Point Loma are yummy!

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                                  notjustastomach RE: barbian7 Oct 13, 2010 07:58 AM

                                  Strangely enough, the best bagels in San Diego are to be had at People's Coop. I'm don't remember the bakery that supplies People's. You could always just give them a call.

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                                hungrylawyer RE: Josh Sep 23, 2006 06:22 PM

                                If you are looking for a good Jewish deli in San Diego...fogedabodit!!I have searched for 30 years and found zip. About 6 months ago, I posted a question on this board about where to find decent lox in this town -- not "good" because experience was taught me to lower my expectations, just decent -- (I gave up on bagels long ago). I swear to God that the very first reply said, "What is lox?" (The Chowhound Webmaster removed that to another board) Another poster suggested the Marine Room brunch (oy vey) and then some others got upset because I suggested that DZ Akins was awful and that no serious hound would go there.

                                As far as pastrami goes, the best that I have been able to find is at "The Place" about 67th and El Cajon. The deli is in the back of a small kosher grocery and consists of about 4 tables. There are lots of Orthodox, Chabad (Chabadies?) and foreign-born Jews (I can't tell where they are from) who go there. (They are very nice, but seem confused when someone comes in off the street) Anyway, the pastrami is decent, but its about $9 for a small sandwich, no deli atmosphere, Dr. Brown's, Reuben's, pickles or other items that you might expect from a NY Jewish Deli.

                                I have been to many of the Beverly Hill places that people rave about and while they are definitely better than the SD fare, they still are not very good. I really miss the old pastrami burrito that I used to be able to get by the federal courthouse in downtown LA-- don't laugh at the burrito part--it was not traditional, but it was awesome!

                                So if you find anything remotely like a NY deli, please let us know. GOOD LUCK.

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                                  mph323 RE: Josh Sep 24, 2006 06:33 PM

                                  What's the general consensus on Elijah's Deli in La Jolla? Pickles on the table and good size sandwiches!

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                                    hungrylawyer RE: mph323 Sep 24, 2006 07:17 PM

                                    The palce is generally weak. The breads have a stale quality to them and their bagels are awful - oversized and underflavored. Sometimes, the whitefish salad is not offensive; you can take it home and fix it up.

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                                      Captain Jack RE: mph323 Sep 24, 2006 09:13 PM

                                      Elijah's was much better when it was Sampson's. The new owners ruined it.

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                                        jmtreg RE: Captain Jack Apr 22, 2010 04:14 PM

                                        Haven't tried Elijah's but Sam's Son was about as good as it gets in San Diego

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                                      daantaat RE: Josh Sep 24, 2006 10:44 PM

                                      Pickles on the table and large sandwiches do not necessarily make a good deli. I thought their pastrami was oily, bread too soft and pickles not fresh enough. Latkes were ok but nothing great. Save your $$ and waistline for the LA and NYC delis.

                                      1. Divamac RE: Josh Sep 24, 2006 10:48 PM

                                        You are all just making me shed a tear in remembrance of good whitefish. When I get back east, i's always on the top of my list. I can't believe I used to take good deli for granted.

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                                        1. re: Divamac
                                          Josh RE: Divamac Sep 24, 2006 11:49 PM

                                          I love (LOVE) good whitefish salad. I've been to Elijah's - I disagree with Cpt. Jack, I think it's a hair better than Samsons, which isn't saying much.

                                          As for pickles on the table, that doesn't mean anything. DZ Akins and City Deli both do the same, and they're bad news.

                                          In NYC, the pickles on the table are FULL SOUR (for the most part anyway), and are actually good.

                                          I thought the whitefish salad at Elijah's was decent. However, they don't make it themselves and buy it premade. You can see the containers in the deli case up front. Also, their rye bread sucks and they don't have pumpernickel!

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                                            Captain Jack RE: Josh Sep 25, 2006 02:09 AM

                                            I agree with Josh that Sampson's was nothing special either. I just liked it better than Elijah's, just my opinion. I will be in NYC next month and smoked whitefish at Barney Greengrass is a given.

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                                              Josh RE: Captain Jack Sep 25, 2006 04:19 AM

                                              I am sufficiently jealous. I'm trying to get the girl to agree to a NYC jaunt in spring - if so, Barney's is on the list and this time I'll be bringing some home.

                                        2. kitchenhag RE: Josh Sep 25, 2006 06:26 PM

                                          I buy Lasco smoked white fish and make my own. When back in Philly Famous Deli made my favorite.

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                                            sandiegosara RE: Josh Oct 17, 2006 02:22 PM

                                            Try Milton's in Del Mar...

                                            1. Beach Chick RE: Josh Sep 22, 2009 10:19 PM

                                              It's not a Jewish deli but a damn good deli in El Cajon next to airport and off of Bradley and 67..
                                              Antonelli's Deli..turkey/cheese on rye is outstanding and only $5.25 and huge.


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                                                Dagney RE: Beach Chick Sep 23, 2009 11:13 PM

                                                Ok, wait a sec there beach hen, are you saying there is a sandwich place in east county that is passable?

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                                                  Beach Chick RE: Dagney Sep 24, 2009 10:57 AM

                                                  beach hen..HA!
                                                  yeah, Antonelli's Deli frigging rocks..it's out where double wides rule and getting fancy is taking the wheels off your house!

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                                                    Dagney RE: Beach Chick Sep 24, 2009 12:26 PM

                                                    I am laughing! SOOOO true. I will try Antonelli's. Do they have good pastrami? My husband is mad for quality pastrami.

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                                                      Beach Chick RE: Dagney Sep 24, 2009 01:00 PM

                                                      I'm a turkey chick with extra sharp cheddar on rye with extra mayo and extra pickle on the side and I don't eat red meat except the ocassional patty melt or double double..they do have pastrami but don't know how good it is..
                                                      Dag..go this weekend and report back!

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                                                        cstr RE: Dagney Sep 25, 2009 06:06 AM

                                                        Nice going Dag, beach hen, I like it!! Been by but never went, with a name like Antonelli's do you think they have some great Italian coldcuts?? Let us know when you go. BTW BC - the wheels on by deluxe condo are very shiny.

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                                                          Beach Chick RE: cstr Apr 27, 2012 06:23 AM

                                                          Beach hen...HA..forgot about that one!
                                                          Went to Antonelli's Deli after His Holiness last week and it still rocks.
                                                          Turkey and cheddar on rye and they thinly sliced dill pickles, which gave it a great crunch.
                                                          This is a great deli and Andy, the owner is a really nice guy who takes pride in his place.


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                                                          kitchenhag RE: Dagney Sep 25, 2009 01:47 PM

                                                          Here's a heads up for all you pastrami snobs ....navel pastrami(which is the best IMO) . I've been buying it for the same price as regular @ Frazier Farms deli counter. It is in Vista. Heaven!!

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                                                            MrKrispy RE: kitchenhag Apr 23, 2010 01:48 PM

                                                            Is that pastrami made from the belly button?

                                                        3. re: Beach Chick
                                                          DiningDiva RE: Beach Chick Sep 25, 2009 08:53 AM

                                                          Beach Hen, what a hoot, wish I'd thought of that :-D

                                                          Have you tried this place - http://www.tommysitalianrestaurantand... - it's gotten some love over on the eGullet.

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                                                            Dagney RE: DiningDiva Sep 25, 2009 10:22 AM

                                                            We have not eaten there. Two delis to try! In East County!

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                                                              Beach Chick RE: DiningDiva Sep 26, 2009 10:48 AM

                                                              never heard of the place DD..
                                                              this beach hen likes to get back to the barn before dinner time but I'll put it in the vault for future, possibly lunch time jaunt.

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                                                          POFF RE: Beach Chick Apr 26, 2010 03:27 PM

                                                          Antonelli's is definitely worth a try. Great food and cheap. Chris' liquor in P.B. is good too.

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                                                          wcarpenter01 RE: Josh Apr 22, 2010 02:09 PM

                                                          Canters on Fairfax in Hollywood is the best west coast (east Coast deli) Here in San Diego my vote is for Miltons in Del Mar, right off the freeway. DZ's, IHO is close in but over priced, too croweded with limited parking and the food is not that great. City Deli is OK, but not for real authentic jewish deli food. Take it from me, I was born and raised in Tenafly, NJ and I grew up and worked at Abe & Ruths (Gooter) deli. Now that was authentic.

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                                                            randix RE: wcarpenter01 Apr 22, 2010 06:28 PM

                                                            Milton's is your vote for the best deli in the San Diego area????????????

                                                            Are you serious? What could possibly make that generic restaurant with unremarkable food your top choice? To me, it doesn't look, smell or taste like anything even approaching a deli...just another shopping center food spot masquerading under a theme, in this case a "deli". DZ may be over priced, but the feel and taste is there. But Milton's? Couldn't find a place with sandwiches and soup more unremarkable, and nothing in that place reminds me in the deepest recesses of my mind, of a real deli.

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                                                              Josh RE: randix Apr 22, 2010 09:42 PM

                                                              LOL. It's pretty funny to see someone get so upset about Milton's, and then recommend DZ Akins.

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                                                                randix RE: Josh Apr 23, 2010 04:25 PM

                                                                lol, i wouldn't say I'm upset, simply incredulous that Milton's could be on anyone's "best" list! I've been there couple of times and wonder each time where I left my sanity or memory...DZ ain't purrfect but what else is there...and their kreplach is better than I've found elsewhere around here...Elijah's fails to capture my imagination, although I do luv their steak and eggs...lol

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                                                                  Josh RE: randix Apr 23, 2010 10:28 PM

                                                                  I'd rather go without than eat at DZs.

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                                                                    Captain Jack RE: Josh Apr 24, 2010 10:01 AM

                                                                    Don't deprive youself Josh. As I have said in the past, Barney Greengrass, Katz's and Yonah Shimmel all overnight express. Yum Yum, give me some.

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                                                                      daantaat RE: Josh Apr 26, 2010 08:22 PM

                                                                      I 2nd Josh. Better no deli than bad deli.

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                                                                daantaat RE: wcarpenter01 Apr 22, 2010 09:17 PM

                                                                Milton's is not a good example of a deli. Dried out turkey, rye bread and unremarkable food. Akin to saying Jasmine has good dim sum. I'd rather wait for a trip to Brent's Deli in Northridge for the good stuff!

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                                                                  littlestevie RE: daantaat Apr 23, 2010 08:46 AM

                                                                  Love this thread, I keep hoping that there will finally be a decent deli down in SD. No body seems to want to step up to the plate (so to speak). I guess I am thankful that mom still lives up on the westside of LA, and when I go and see her I can get my fix.

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                                                                    cstr RE: littlestevie Apr 23, 2010 01:54 PM

                                                                    Unfortunately, SD didn't have enough ethnic population, back in the early 30's, 40's, 50's 60's etc. to bring a real Jewish deli in town. I can't expect SD to have a Katz or Carnigee deli but, I'd like to think someone, other than DZ's, can give birth to one. Would be a real hit!

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                                                                      RB Hound RE: cstr Apr 23, 2010 02:10 PM

                                                                      If there is not sufficient pressure to force Elijah's to improve, then why would you expect it to be a real hit? (yes, I realize that much of the Jewish population around La Jolla does not have New York roots, but I digress)

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                                                                        cstr RE: RB Hound Apr 23, 2010 02:26 PM

                                                                        That's just it, I don't expect they'll improve, you know you can't change the spots on a leopard. I'd hope for a fresh new place with fresh new owners who love serve a great sammie without the NYC rep.

                                                                      2. re: cstr
                                                                        jmtreg RE: cstr Apr 24, 2010 11:15 AM

                                                                        Actually, San Diego did have a substantial ethnic population, but that was based around the tuna fishing and canning. East European Jews didn't have any experience fishing for tuna, and so San Diego had no allure, unlike the Sicilians, Filipinos, Portuguese, and Mexicans.

                                                                        That said, San Diego didn't have much of a pizza scene until Bronx opened up, so, you never know. I just hope its a place like the 2nd Avenue Deli, and not Katz or Carnigee.

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                                                                          oerdin RE: cstr Jun 25, 2010 08:48 PM

                                                                          In the 30's through 50's San Diego had a massive Italian and Portugese ethnic community based around the tuna fishing fleet. Up until the 1970's San Diego was the Tuna capital of the world but over fishing and cheaper imports cut the fleet down to just a couple of boats which still operate today. Most of the Italians who founded Little Italy were fishermen and the community is located next to the waterfront because the piers where they used to moor their boats used to be right there. The San Diego History Society publishes a number of excellent history books on various subjects including this one.

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                                                                      djdonna RE: wcarpenter01 Jun 14, 2011 01:08 PM

                                                                      Canters is really good but Langers has better pastrami sandwiches. I still love the potato salad at Canters though. As for San Diego.. I lived there from 1974 to 2005. There used to be one great Jewish Deli on El Cajon Blvd. I can't remember the name of it but it was around 40th St. They had the best of everything. Since that I have yet to find a good Deli unless I go to Katz's in NYC.

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                                                                        mikec RE: djdonna Apr 9, 2012 01:38 PM

                                                                        You're probably thinking of Blumer's at 54th and ECB. Closed in the late 70's, IIRC.

                                                                    3. The Chowhound Team RE: Josh Apr 30, 2010 07:54 PM

                                                                      Just a friendly reminder, Folks. The focus of this board is finding great food and drink in San Diego county, food available in other locales is not going to help anyone find good food in San Diego and we are removing all out of scope replies.

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                                                                        Encinitan RE: Josh Jun 24, 2010 11:13 AM

                                                                        Carnegie Deli pastrami is now available at Costco, at least the one on Morena Bld I visited yesterday (and I suspect all of them). The pastrami is unsliced, is variable by weight (2+ pounds), and is cheap (approx $5/lb). It is damn good; much better than you can obtain at any San Diego deli.

                                                                        While I'm on the subject of Jewish deli food, I was recently at Elijah's and found that the matzoh ball soup there was pretty decent, which came as a surprise to me. I won't vouch for any of the other items on their menu. The sandwich I had there was meh.

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                                                                          JRSD RE: Encinitan Jun 24, 2010 11:48 AM

                                                                          They have had Carnegie Deli pickles at Costco for a while, but the last 2 jars we bought were mushy and tasted different than they had before.

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                                                                            Encinitan RE: JRSD Jun 24, 2010 11:57 AM

                                                                            I tried the Carnegie pickles. They were awful. Nothing like the pickles you get at the actual restaurant. Stick with Bubbies.

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                                                                              Captain Jack RE: Encinitan Jun 25, 2010 10:28 AM

                                                                              Order online or by phone from Gus's NYC. Their pickles rock.

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                                                                                Encinitan RE: Captain Jack Jun 25, 2010 07:25 PM

                                                                                64 dollars for a gallon of pickles delivered from Gus's. I like pickles, but not that much.

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                                                                                  Josh RE: Encinitan Jun 25, 2010 09:11 PM

                                                                                  I'm perfectly happy with Bubbie's or Strub's. Both are damn good sour pickles.

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                                                                          LaurenZ RE: Josh Jun 25, 2010 09:28 AM

                                                                          Tommy Pastrami is supposed to open a site downtown next month. I know its a chain but I am keeping my fingers crossed that they are good. I agree that there is no good deli in SD and it breaks my heart.


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                                                                            SkylineJR RE: Josh Oct 11, 2010 05:14 PM

                                                                            I love a good deli and this is something San Diego is really lacking. Some of the best deli's I've been to in San Diego have been Cheers Deli in San Carlos and Brown Bag in Point Loma.

                                                                            Cheers is a liquor store/deli and they make a phenomenal sandwich. Their menu is huge and I have sampled a good portion of it and I have never been disappointed.

                                                                            Brown Bag is a hole-in-the-wall type place but the first thing when you notice when you walk in is the huge bakers oven in the back...that's right, they make their own bread fresh and it makes all the difference in the world. The bread is amazing and I love that place. I'm surprised no one has mentioned those places.

                                                                            Point Loma Cafe
                                                                            4856 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

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                                                                              nileg RE: SkylineJR Oct 13, 2010 02:11 AM

                                                                              >I'm surprised no one has mentioned those places.

                                                                              They probably weren't mentioned because the original poster was asking for a "decent, honest-to-goodness Jewish deli" and the two delis you mentioned don't fit that description.

                                                                            2. ski_gpsy RE: Josh Oct 13, 2010 04:11 AM

                                                                              Been here 2 years now, tried every wannabe Jewish deli looking for a Carnegie or Nate 'n Al's, would settle for Art's or Jerry's, but alas nothing even comes close. Don't bother because disappointment taints whatever you eat. Like a previous poster said..."fuggedaboutit". My best suggestion? Get in the car, head north and don't stop 'til you can smell the Corned Beef on Rye with Coleslaw and Russian Dressing and hear the pickles crunching. OMG, my stomach is so homesick...

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                                                                                wcarpenter01 RE: Josh Jun 14, 2011 04:58 PM

                                                                                There are no good Jewish Deli's in San Diego or the area. Canter's and Langer's are better but too far away. I was born and raised in Bergen County, NJ and it would be difficult to compare to what we have out here. Same with good pizza. Bronz pizza is good on washington as well as the one on 25th. But that is as close as we are going to get for now. And like many of us I have looked, compared, eaten at them all and it simply is not the same. As they say regarding NYC pizza it has to be the water.

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                                                                                  raincheck88 RE: Josh Apr 8, 2012 12:39 AM

                                                                                  The best deli food in San Diego is in an unlikely spot but I'm still surprised no one has mentioned it! Cheers Deli & Liquor in San Carlos just on the edge of La Mesa has the best corned beef and pastrami in San Diego. It's a little deli inside a liquor store with a few two top tables but mostly good for take out. It's excellent! I'm from LA and worked as a waitress at Pico Kosher Deli in Los Angeles and as a hostess at Canter's Deli in Los Angeles so I was really frustrated by the deli fare in San Diego. I was thrilled when I had a Reuben & a Pastrami from Cheers it was good!

                                                                                  Also, the posters who say Canter's is the best jewish deli in LA are in my opinion not correct. Greenblatt's and Pico Kosher Deli are far superior. Like I said I worked at Canter's and Pico Kosher and ate regularly at Greenblatt's and think Canter's doesn't really cut it! Canter's bakery is great though but their food not so much!

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                                                                                    JRSD RE: raincheck88 Apr 8, 2012 08:17 AM

                                                                                    I don't recall seeing anything but pre-packed cold cuts at Cheers. Do you know what brand they carry or whether they make their CB/Pastrami in house?

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                                                                                      Encinitan RE: JRSD Apr 9, 2012 08:28 PM

                                                                                      With regard to Canter's, I agree with her.

                                                                                      However with regards to Cheers, take a look at the menu. It is not a Jewish style deli, which leads me to be skeptical of the quality of their corned beef and pastrami.

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                                                                                      ski_gpsy RE: raincheck88 Apr 8, 2012 12:24 PM

                                                                                      Ah, Greenblatts. The best. Like a boutique deli. And wonderful wine selection. And they delivered. Now that's a civilized society!

                                                                                      Totally agree about Canter's. The only redeeming thing about Canter's was the 24-7. If you absolutely had to have a Corned Beef at 2am, there was Canter's. But then there were always those nagging rumors about kitchen cleanliness and Health Code violations......

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                                                                                        daantaat RE: raincheck88 Apr 8, 2012 02:22 PM

                                                                                        is Cheers just for Jewish deli sandwiches or do they have full deli menus, like Canter's and Brent's?

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                                                                                          JRSD RE: daantaat Apr 10, 2012 03:07 PM

                                                                                          I wouldn't have recommended cheers for anything. I found it to be unexceptional cold cut sandwiches on mediocre bread. It is a liquor store and deli with no waiters or ambiance. I haven't tried any of the hot food or any corned beef or pastrami and it would not have occurred to me to do so.

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                                                                                            Josh RE: JRSD Apr 10, 2012 05:20 PM

                                                                                            Yeah, but sometimes you just wanna go where everybody knows your name.

                                                                                            (Sorry, sorry)

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                                                                                              daantaat RE: JRSD Apr 10, 2012 10:00 PM

                                                                                              ok, good to know before we make an outing out of it...

                                                                                        2. Beach Chick RE: Josh Apr 8, 2012 09:03 AM

                                                                                          Walked by Lucky's Lunch Counter in the Gaslamp next to Petco Park a couple of days ago and it was packed and with it's open air seating, this place looks really good..
                                                                                          I could hear yummy sounds when walking by.


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                                                                                          1. re: Beach Chick
                                                                                            wcarpenter01 RE: Beach Chick Apr 8, 2012 11:17 AM

                                                                                            Thanks for keeping this thread alive. It has been fun...No surprises but confirmation of no good deli's in San Diego. Last week I was at the Farmers Market in Hollywood and we had a pastraimi sandwich at "Phil's." It was pretty good. Comparable to Langer's and Cantor's, decent pastrami. Happy Easter to all.

                                                                                          2. invinoveritas RE: Josh Apr 24, 2012 12:32 PM

                                                                                            Went to a private party where the hosts arranged for catering by http://newyorkonrye.com/

                                                                                            Superb Reubens, pastrami was like the stuff I grew up on (NYC). They even had home-made knishes (delish) and ice-cold Cel-Ray. Definely worth tracking down this mobile deli!!!

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                                                                                              daantaat RE: invinoveritas Apr 24, 2012 09:15 PM

                                                                                              small menu, but it's a food truck serving delit food. however, this looks promising....

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                                                                                                JRSD RE: invinoveritas Apr 25, 2012 09:36 AM

                                                                                                The knishes there were awesome. I need to try the meats again since having it thin-sliced throws me off. Super nice folks as well.

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                                                                                                  davidnaimark RE: invinoveritas Apr 26, 2012 06:58 PM

                                                                                                  I tracked them down today. had a Pastrami on Rye and a Cel-Rey soda. I so wanted to like it--but alas, I didn't. I am crying. Some other New Yorker please go and tell me that I am wrong and that they must have had an off day. I can't even write any more about it. Super nice guy though--makes it even worse. I am going to try again. Ugh. . .

                                                                                                  1. re: davidnaimark
                                                                                                    daantaat RE: davidnaimark Apr 26, 2012 10:06 PM

                                                                                                    report back on your 2nd try--if it's still sub-par, I'll think twice about tracking them down!

                                                                                                    1. re: davidnaimark
                                                                                                      Josh RE: davidnaimark Apr 26, 2012 11:07 PM

                                                                                                      I don't see how it could work if they're not making their own stuff.

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                                                                                                        JRSD RE: Josh Apr 27, 2012 09:33 AM

                                                                                                        They told me that they have a someone who is making the food to their recipe and that it is coming out exactly how they want it. Judging from the knishes, I would say that they definitely have skill.

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                                                                                                          davidnaimark RE: JRSD Apr 27, 2012 09:42 AM

                                                                                                          The guy told me their fryer blew up---so I couldn't sample a knish--which he raved about. My comment above is limited to their pastrami.

                                                                                                      2. re: davidnaimark
                                                                                                        wcarpenter01 RE: davidnaimark Apr 27, 2012 09:18 AM

                                                                                                        How do you track down this food truck, please?

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                                                                                                          davidnaimark RE: wcarpenter01 Apr 27, 2012 09:24 AM

                                                                                                          Just go to their website (which is listed in a post above). The home page lists where they will be on each day. It was super easy to find them--right where they said they'd be.

                                                                                                    2. ski_gpsy RE: Josh Apr 27, 2012 02:53 AM

                                                                                                      All this talk about deli drove me to the store where I bought a corned beef, some still-warm fresh baked Dark Rye, a bag of pre-shredded coleslaw and a bottle of Ken's Thousand Island Dressing.

                                                                                                      I came home, slapped that Corned Beef into my rice cooker, added some sweet onion to the slaw, tossed it with the 1,000 Island and a splash of apple cider vinegar and when the rice cooker turned off I toasted that sweet, soft Dark Rye under the broiler, slathered it with some whole grain deli mustard and piled it high with thin slices of hot corned beef and topped it with coleslaw. Heaven.

                                                                                                      I closed my eyes and I was on 7th Ave and West 55th.

                                                                                                      Now if I could just find some big fat juicy Kosher dills in North County....

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                                                                                                        cstr RE: ski_gpsy Apr 27, 2012 08:00 AM

                                                                                                        What no melted swiss cheese, ala Rueben!

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                                                                                                          Encinitan RE: ski_gpsy Apr 27, 2012 09:02 AM

                                                                                                          Sprouts has Nathan's pickles, which are the best I've had in San Diego. I buy their half-sour pickles (which seem to me to be much closer to sour pickles than typical half-sour pickles), and they have an excellent crunch, which you don't get with Bubbie's pickles.

                                                                                                          1. re: ski_gpsy
                                                                                                            wcarpenter01 RE: ski_gpsy Apr 27, 2012 09:20 AM

                                                                                                            Costco in Mission Valley has the Carnegie pickles in large jars (of course.) perhaps the Costco in San Marco has them as well. Worth the look.

                                                                                                            1. re: ski_gpsy
                                                                                                              nileg RE: ski_gpsy Apr 27, 2012 05:44 PM

                                                                                                              The Costco on Morena currently has refrigerated Geshmak half sour kosher pickles in 48 ounce bottles in their meat department. They seem to carry them for Passover, so when they run out we probably won't see them again until they stock them next Passover. Get them before they lose their crunch...they have a limited shelf life even when kept refrigerated.

                                                                                                            2. Dagney RE: Josh Apr 1, 2014 12:01 AM

                                                                                                              Not a jewish deli, but...

                                                                                                              we ate at Antonelli's in El Cajon.


                                                                                                              They do not use dreaded pickle relish in their tuna, they use celery.

                                                                                                              Their grilled pastrami is to die.

                                                                                                              Beach Chick speaks the truth!

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                                                                                                                Beach Chick RE: Dagney Apr 1, 2014 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                'Beach Chick speaks the truth!'

                                                                                                                You got that right, sista..

                                                                                                                Wait a minute..it is April Fool's Day..
                                                                                                                ; )

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