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New "New York Style" deli in the Peppermill (Reno)

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Hubby read an article about this new deli that the Peppermill put in at their sports book and insisted on going for lunch today. It seemed so far off from his usual favorite fare that I just knew there had to be a story behind his sudden craving...for a minute I thought it was all an elaborate excuse to put a C note down on the Bears to cover. But no, it turns out that when he lived in Chicago he and his coworkers had a Friday afternoon tradition of pastrami on rye and Heinekins (sp?) at Berghoff's. (Not sure that's spelled right either..). So of course he ordered a pastrami on rye and the beer. I had smoked brisket with horseradish sauce.

This is strictly a casual place: you stand in line, order your sandwhich, and then either take it to go or find a table at the bar or the sports book. (You can get a soft drink, including some cream sodas and interesting rootbeers, at the deli, but the beer you have to get from the bar). The sandwhiches are HUGE; we still weren't hungry at dinnertime. However, they aren't cheap either: around 10 bucks for most of them. And its not just a New York theme: there are a couple of Chicago options: A "Wrigley Field" dog (with typical Chicagoan condiments), and an Italian beef sandwhich. (Thanks to recent discussions on the Home Cooking Board, I actually knew what these are!).

Bottom line: decent but not great. Jerry says that Berghoff's need not fear the competition. The pastrami was lean and juicy but not very flavorful. The brisket was pretty good, but my request for extra horseradish sauce was not honored. Actually, the best part of the meal were the sides: good coleslaw and wonderful, garlicky pickles. The pickles are the real deal.

They have some wonderful looking deserts (New York Cheesecake, Coconut Cream pie, etc) in the deli case, but I wonder who could possibly eat one after finishing an entire sandwhich....

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    1. Barely Decent at best. Another example of Casinos trying to cover their past mistakes

      1. Thanks for the report, Janet,. Sounds like maybe it's not the real deal, but more reliable than Rex Grossman's arm. ;-)
        Is Newman's deli still good since the original owners sold it?
        Part of the problem any deli in town is going to have is that the sandwiches are not going to be better than the quality of meat they put into them. I don't know if they can get the really good quality meat here and still make the sandwiches affordable.
        I want to give their Rueben a try.

        1. Are there any decent places to eat in Reno besides the family style restaurant (I forget the name)? I remember finding a great burger and hot dog joint on rt 50 near Carson City, but that was about it.

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          1. re: bigmackdaddy

            Plenty. The family-style restaurant you're probably referring to is Louis Basque Corner and I don't think that's been good for 25 years. What kind of food do you like?

            1. re: SteveTimko

              All kinds. Everything but beef liver and nato. And yes, it's Louis Basque. I had some mushroom barley and lamb chops which weren't bad at all. Not spectacular but decent enough.