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May 13, 2007 07:25 AM

East Coast Must-Haves...

My older brother and parents from southern california are visiting jersey for a couple days and yesterday my brother said he needs to try the pizza and new york cheesecake...besides that and going to a diner, what would you suggest for east coast cuisine that only we do best... thanks!! :-)

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  1. New Jersey hot dogs! There are several types: Italian hot dog, "Texas wiener" chili dog...

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    1. Pork Roll and Cheese on a Kaiser roll!!

      1. How about a REAl Philly cheesesteak?

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        1. re: mojoeater

          Egg Cream and a Corned Beef/Pastrami on Rye

          1. re: bgut1

            Together? I adore egg creams, but the traditional drink to have with (kosher) deli is a Dr. Brown's. I favor cream soda.

            Btw, Langer's in L.A. has pastrami that many say can give Katz's the proverbial run for its money.

            1. re: RGR

              i don't think anyone loves dr. brown's cel-ray soda as much as i.

              1. re: jsmitty

                Try as I might, I can't get in to cel-ray. That taste is really tough to get down for me. On the other hand, the black cherry (diet as of late for me but not the same) is to die for and is standard with a corned beef sandwich.

              2. re: RGR

                Funny you said that. I was thinking the same thing when I wrote it. I didn't mean to imply that they both should be enjoyed together unless they really wanted too. Why not add a knish and strawberry/cherry topped cheescake to the mix? :)

                1. re: RGR

                  I agree... Dr. Brown Cel-Ray rocks, and it goes great with deli...but I'm having a harder and harder time finding it...they always have the cream soda or black cherry, but WE WANT CEL RAY!!

                  1. re: omnivorousmammal

                    Cel-Ray is my husband's favorite. But, you're right. It's becoming increasingly difficult to find it. Two delis that we frequent, one in NJ and the other in Brooklyn, have stopped carrying it. :-(

            2. When I moved to Long Beach from this area years ago, the two things I missed most were Brooklyn-style pizza (go to DiFara's on Ave J and 15th st) and real old-style deli (a bit closer here as you can go to Harold's near the Raritan Convention Center).

              Upon further reflection, Philly Cheesesteak and soft pretzels from the northeast and real southern bbq from the southeast should also be on the list.

              1. A classic "Italian" submarine sandwich- ham, capicola, provolone (add salami if so desired), lettuce, tomato, onion, oil & vinegar w/seasonings on a good bakery sub roll from a local shop.

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                1. re: JessKidden

                  Do you know where to find a real crab house. Steamed blue crabs is a must that You just can't get in CA.