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Sep 15, 2006 02:20 AM

Where do ya get a good chopped liver sandwich around Raleigh?

The title pretty much sums it up. I'm willing to drive out of my way for some deli quality real chopped liver, pastrami, etc.

Kosher is not a consideration in my case... just the taste.

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  1. Among the many things this area is missing, a decent Jewish-style deli would be near the top of the list. I have yet to see chopped liver on any menu in Raleigh. My solution is to use the 2nd Avenue Deli's liver recipe (the beef liver is crucial and I keep home-rendered chicken fat in the freezer) and a loaf of Arnold's rye bread. It's easy if you have a Kitchen-Aid with the meat grinder attachment. I only make it once a year, though. My cholesterol level can't take any more.

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    1. re: rockycat

      I think a kosher dairy would fly here, but my family doesn't eat deli any more it just too bad for you.
      There is a new place Sabra's near Woodcroft mall that has kosher stuff, primarily Israeli. Hey you could call & ask & who knows maybe Whole Foods might as the New Year is coming up. I used to have brisket for rosh hashanah; now we make Israeli/ Sephardic cuisine: Morrocan chicken et al.

      1. re: rockycat

        I think this is why you won't see a good Jewish style deli open in the area. Even those of us who love this food know better than to eat it often enough to sustain a business. There used to be a Jewish deli in Cary (Horowitz' I think) but it went out of business.

        1. re: Tom M of Durham NC

          Many years ago (more than 15) when Horowitz's was still in Raleigh, I ate there with the spouse-to-be. The service was appalling and the waitress - when I could find one - refused to believe there was anything wrong with my cheese blintzes until I cut them open and showed her that the insides were entirely green with mold. No apology, no replacement offered - not that I wanted one at that point - I was supposed to be grateful that I wasn't charged for them. From that point on, I never had the slightest interest in visiting them in either Raleigh or Cary.
          The restaurant was just plain bad, not bad for you.

      2. sabra doesn't have a kitchen... they do have some other interesting products, though.

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        1. re: HeelsSoxHound

          Could you tell me, Hound? Give me some kind of idea what's there as I may go this week then. Anything fresh?

          1. re: Rory

            I just went over there today. It's in a small strip of businesses in a brick mini-mall (mall is too big a word, but I can't think what else to call it). On your left after you cross 54 coming from Hwy 40 (751 changes its name to Hope Valley). Look for a temporary white banner over the door announcing "Sabra Kosher and Israeli".

            They are a small retail grocer. The aisles carry some baked goods (all prepacked imports... no home cooked items), some candies, and the usual matzohs, egg noodles, and other essential ingredients. Some halvah (including one without sugar that sparked my interest, but the labeling was only in Hebrew and I couldn't read the ingredients). Challah looked tired and rubbery, but that's just a snap call from looking at the bag... No taste test. Nice looking honey cakes.

            There are refrigerators and freezers for cold prepackaged items. I bought a frozen tub of "Meal Mart Gourmet Beef Chopped Liver" but I haven't thawed and tried it yet. I also tried a refrigerated jar of Ba-Tampte brand half-sour pickles (good flavor, but not crisp). I also picked up some Empire frozen cheese blintzes. They had a few cuts of kosher beef (like small steaks) and assorted other items.

            Most items were one brand only... No comparison shopping. I didn't see any kosher chickens, but I wasn't really looking for those and could easily have glossed over them.

            The husband/wife team at the cash register were speaking Hebrew to some of the shoppers and English to others. They seemed pleasant enough. All three items I bought were between 4 and 5 dollars.

            There is no deli section or attempts to serve food to eat immediately. Just a grocery store.

        2. Thanks for the report kimon;
          not so exciting for me. If the couple speak Hebrew you can ask them about the Halvah. I'm glad you found chopped liver, I was going to say they're selling fresh chicken livers at Weaver St. if you're up for it.
          Weaver St. has Gus's Pickles, straight from the barrel in nyc, very good if you like half-cured. Crisp:) & very good in-house baked Challah, they always make cakes for the holidays too.

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          1. re: Rory

            Thanks for the tip, Rory. I'll definitely check out Weaver St.

          2. Happy to help.
            Weaver St. makes better than nyc fresh-baked Challah every fri. & special round ones with raisins for the holidays. I know at Hannukah they had wonderful cookies. They are great bakers & also make sure to have matzoh, borscht, the usual suspects for the holidays.
            it's well worth a visit, especially when Sabra sound so mediocre.

            1. Sabra only sounds mediocre if you don't keep kosher (which I don't). However, I have many friends who do and a store like this is a godsend to them. What you have to remember is that Sabra is not trying to serve the general public or the exotica-seeking foodie. Their sole purpose is to serve customers who require kosher food (of which there is less that you might suspect in the Triangle) and Israeli ex-pats looking for a taste of home.

              I knew the owner of Eshel Kosher Market in Raleigh and I wish the owners of Sabra much better luck than he had. Kol hakavod, guys!