This restaurant has probably been discussed before, but I just noticed the other day that a Chutzpah! has opened up at Tysons Corner, across Leesburg Pike from the mall. To those of you who've eaten at other locations, what are/were your impressions of the place?
I think the only other location is fairfax near the fair oaks mall. Good. I usually get the peppered turkey (someone's brother - Moeshe?) and I like it. Huge portions. I go out of my way for Pomodorro's though anymore than I do for Chutzpah, but I like that it's there.
Pastrami is much better than corned beef, but I have to say I was crazy about the fuhgeddaboudit sandwich which is a preposterous, delicious concoction. Generally very good food here.
Probably one of the better delis in the area. Better serving size than Celebrity or Woodside, better quality and service than Krupins. The Fuhgeddaboudit is excellent, with an extra shmear or chopped liver. Not as fond of the whitefish or the nova lox, though. Sandwiches are recommended.
Good choice for breakfast. I generally get The Oops, which is lox, eggs, and onions AND matzo brei mixed together. It's big and good.
The kasha varnishkes is good, the kishka not so good (Ok, expecting good kishka in Virginia is probably trying to go a bridge too far). Good pickle bowl on the table too, which they will refill as often as you want.
The fries are a surprisingly good accompaniment to most meals.
based on the sterns recommendation and other good postings, I went this weekend for brunch with the wife and 8 other friend. We order a lot of different items and here are some of my thoughts.
Perhaps my expectations were set high but this place is good but no where close to great.
The highlights are as follows:
-they give you free pickles and coleslaw: This is by far the highlight. The slaw was amazing the the full sours were excellent. The half sours were pretty good. I could eat those too things with a slice of bread and would have been completely happy.
-Noodle Kugle was smooth rich and sweet. Excellent flavor and texture.
-Tongue was the star of all the meats I've tried. Really nice flavor, tender and juicy.
-potato latke was crisp and flavorful.
Low points were:
-matzo ball soup: came out cool to luke warm (4 orders). Even when they heated it (i.e., microwaved it) the soup had no body and the matzo ball itself was all wrong in texture. It was almost crumbly in texture. Really bad.
-Pastrami and brisket: I ordered it Juicy and the waitress looked at me like I was speaking martian. The meat was not tough, it held its shape loosly and fell about with little effort, but it was dry. A total dissappointment. I wish I had just stuck with the tongue.
The rest of the stuff was pretty average.