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Pastrami in San Francisco

Am going shopping and our usual haunts involve Union Square, Chinatown, (recently) the mall on Market, and environs. Any chance of getting a good hot pastrami sandwich thereabouts? I used to enjoy David's Delicatessen, but ever since they gave me a bare sandwich without even a slice of pickle, I've been bitter. Do I have a good alternative? I will admit, David's pastrami was awfully good.

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  1. Not really. I would suggest the California Street Deli at the JCC for good pastrami although that is probably not on your path. Only downside here is the portions are fairly small accompanied by a high price - but the pastrami is good.

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    1. re: poulet_roti

      Can't really recommend the pastrami at JCC based on a recent lunch -
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

      Prefer Miller's East Coast West -
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Hmmm, that certainly does not sound very appealing. I have never dined at the restaurant although I have twice gotten simple pastrami sandwiches to go and they were fairly satisfying. Funny thing about pickles is that I do not like them with my sandwich as I do not want to smell the pickle when putting the sandwich to my mouth. That said, I do like pickles but the smell of pickle juice on my sandwich is off-putting. Call me particular or peculiar...

        If I were to criticize the JCC, it would be the fact that the prices are inflated and the serving portions are rather skimpy. Also, as indicated, my experience at the JCC has only been for pastrami sandwich and nothing else.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Definitely Miller's, though again not exactly in your line of fire. Miller's portions are generous, price is right, and excellent skinny fries, to boot.

        2. re: poulet_roti

          Oliver’s (?) on the north side of Market btwn Van Ness & 11th has excellent pastrami.

          If you do not mind a unique take, may I suggest Memphis Minnie's on Wednesdays? They serve it with their mustard based bbq sauce, so I recommend asking for it on the side. The key is finding pastrami made from brisket rather than top round, and MM's slow smoked pastrami fits that bill.

          1. re: Civil Bear

            Oliver’s (?) on the north side of Market btwn Van Ness & 11th has excellent pastrami.

            Are yousure your not referring to Quincey's?

            1. re: chipman

              Yes, you are right. It is Quincey's.

              1. re: Civil Bear

                I'll endorse Quincy's. A more respectable pastrami sandwich for $5 can't be found.

          2. re: poulet_roti

            I agree so far the only place in the area that does it proper

          3. House of Bagels (Park Presidio/north side Geary/15th.) Out of the way but good.

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            1. re: lintygmom

              Here's Chow_Fun's post from last month on the pastrami at House of Bagels in SF.
              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

            2. I went in there the other day and it appears to be the type of pastrami that doesn't have much if any fat. I think that some amount of fat is critical to good pastrami. Thoughts?

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              1. re: poulet_roti

                Where is the "there" to which you refer?

                (Your comment seems to be in reply to the OP so at first I thought you meant David's, but its also just below the House of Bagels post so maybe you meant to reply to it?)

                1. re: larochelle

                  I was referring to House of Bagels that I went into and seemed as if they had non-fatty pastrami.

              2. Try Moishes Pippic on Hayes Street in Hayes Valley. (http://www.fudcourt.com/moishes.html). It's the closest thing to a New York Deli that you will find in San Francisco. Excellent corned beef and pastrami (take it from this new Yorker).

                It's not much to look at from the outside (or inside for that matter) but the meats and sandwiches are outstanding!

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                1. re: rdean

                  Moishes Pippic is ok, not great. They use packaged meats. East Coast West is much better, IMO, probably as good as you'll get west of the Hudson River.

                  1. re: rdean

                    http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i16...

                    The pastrami is warm and sliced to order. The half sours are crunchy good. It's Chicago, not NYC!

                    1. re: Cynsa

                      Interestingly, they have no connection to Chicago. The owner just wanted to position himself as unique and he came up with the Chicago idea and did his research. I'm a native Chicagoan and was asking about sources and trying to get him to add Vienna Italian beef and sausage sandwiches in there and that's when he told me he wasn't from there and never even visited until long after he had his place here. The dogs are pretty authentic.

                      Also, we never ate pastrami or corned beef in Chicago growing up because we had too much other good stuff. Actually Italian, Polish, Swedish, Mexican and German delis were as popular or even more popular than any Jewish delis I can think of. In Skokie (99% Jewish population), you'd have a different story, but in the city .....

                      1. re: Cynsa

                        picture looks excellent, i am going soon

                    2. I've been in there and was underwhelmed and walked out. Perhaps I should not judge the book by the cover.

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                      1. re: poulet_roti

                        Poulet Roti, once again David's or Moishe's Pippic?

                        1. re: larochelle

                          I have not eaten at Moishe's Pippic but would advise against David's.