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Apr 7, 2007 06:05 AM

Kosher Style restaurants, Butcher, Deli and real Bagels and Bialy's?

I'm so disgusted with the food choices in SW Florida. It seems that no one can make a pastrami sandwich that is not fried and has cheese on it and on mushy rye bread! The bagels are no-to-low gluten flour and not boiled, yuck! I've yet to see a kosher butcher anywhere. Its so bad I have to go all the way to NJ just to get a real bagel and some nosh! No Bialy's anywhere.

The closest to White Castle is Krystal Burger with their potato roll buns!


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  1. It's bad everywhere for bagels Don. Hardly anyone knows what a real bagel is let alone a bialy and real pastrami and rye. The best I've gotten recently is Bagel City in Rockville MD. This family has been doing it for aver 100 years! I'm in culinary school right now and have consider going there to learn how to make bagels correctly.
    Can you give me an idea where to get real pastrami?

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      1. re: netmover

        I like the bagels at Way Beyond Bagels on Jog Rd between clint More and Linton, you can eat there but it is a self serve deli so you are better off using it for take out or home.

        the sandwiches at TooJays are pretty good. There is one on Glades and 95 and one on Yamato and Jog.

        Bens on 441 and Clint More is ok, sometimes good and sometimes bad.

        Flakewitz on Federal is one of the best - around Spanish River Blvd and US1.

        1. re: smartie

          Mmmmmm.....Flakowitz Bakery...and Tomberg's Chicken....
          Tomberg's chicken doesn't have the pastrami...but has Kosher 'style' sides, and pretty good rotisserie chicken.

          1. re: LHorch

            How 'bout some suggestions for the other side of the state, I'm over in Punta Gorda

            1. re: don25656

              I suggest you repost the question and include that part of Florida you are seeking information for -- you will get better results that way.


              1. re: don25656

                Sorry Don, but I think you are out of luck for pastrami. I live in Sarasota with 3 deli's, but no home run. Nosh-a-Rye on Longboat is probably the best, but will not win any prizes but will do in a pinch. For Bagels, we fly in H & H in NYC which are the best. Its about $15 per dozen delivered.

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        1. I'm not exactly sure where in Florida you are, but since I've moved to the Broward County area, the best bagels and bialies I've found have been at The Sage in Hallandale Beach.

          1. Try the Bagel Snack in Pompano. 1291 Powerline Rd., Pompano Beach 33069, 954-974-4564. They make great fresh bagels. From what I understand their pastrami sandwiches are wonderful. It's a NY deli/diner experience.

            1. I don't know if you want to drive up to St. Pete but we have some decent deli, and bagels.
              Jo-El's in St. Pete is a kosher market. Deli, butcher, groceries. They also serve sandwiches, etc. made to order.
              TooJays at Bay Walk in downtown St. Pete is a decent deli.
              St. Pete Bagel on 4th St. N. in St. Pete has good bagels and I have bought bialy's there.
              House of Bagels on Belcher in Largo has the best bagels. I think it is kosher.