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Where to find Pastrami in Durham/CH?

Any recommendations on where to find pastrami in Durham/CH? Not the watery, mushy, tasteless grocery store "deli" stuff, the REAL thing, like the stuff on the lunch menu at Piedmont, except I'm looking for 2-3 lbs, not a bunch of sandwiches.


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  1. I buy my pastrami sliced from the Specialty counter at WholeFoods, and I find it yum-my!

    1. Unfortunately the few places that makes it from scratch (Guglhupf, Piedmont) don't sell it by the pound so we can only get premade stuff. The place with the best selection of such cold cuts is Southern Season.

      1. My husband raves about the pastrami at The Barbeque Joint in CH. They make it in-house.

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        1. re: realjuel

          How could I forget about them? They are pretty much around the corner from where I live! Yes, very good pastrami-- and bacon, andouille, and tasso ham too.

        2. I was just buying some Giacomo's sopressata at Weaver Street in Carrboro, and noticed that they've got Giacomo's pastrami by the pound there. I've never had it, but I can't get enough of the Giacomo's salumi, so I can only imagine that their pastrami would be most excellent. I should've bought some tonight, in fact, to check it out, but I didn't. Next time, perhaps.

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          1. re: rossgrady

            the giacomo's pastrami is excellent. next to the hot sopressata it is my fave house made item from Giacomo's. If they have the bologna get a couple of slices of it too

            1. re: quazi

              to me pastrami is a new york thing. You go to 2nd Ave Deli & get a spicy fatty pastrami sandwich...It's not something I look for or expect here.
              German food sure, there is a history of German immigration from Bohemia in this state, but not east european food.

              1. re: Rory

                Alas, the 2nd Ave Deli is no more. Katz's on Houston is great for corned beef, though.

                1. re: TerryG

                  If you keep an eye on the Kosher board here, Sharon Lebenwohl is a regular poster and gives occasional updates on the re-opening schedule for the "new" 2nd Avenue Deli. No firm date yet and I don't believe it will be anywhere near the old location. Hopefully it will live up to Abe's standards, though.

                  1. re: rockycat

                    Katz's feh;-)
                    Wait for the beloved 2nd Ave Deli to re-open & then visit nyc & order a fatty pastrami sandwich. That's what new york is for...
                    I've got to go to J. Betski's for some pierogi, I love them

          2. Go to any Lowes Foods store that carries Boars Head in their deli....(some less busy Lowes don't carry Boars Head) ask them to order you a Navel Pastrami....(avg weight 2-3lbs).
            They receive their deliveries once a week. They can slice it for you.....take home and either flash microwave, heat in skillet or you could heat in simmering H2O...
            The navel pastrami is the fattier cut typical of New York deli's......a second choice could be a BJ's......I've seen/tried a presliced product sold in a tub with I believe the Stage Deli's name on it.....produced in Florida, if memory serves me.

            1. Giacomo's pastrami is as close to the real thing as I know. Sliced to order at either of the Weaver Street Markets in Carrboro or Southern Village. Or if you're in Greensboro, run, don't walk, directly to Giacomo's. You'll save a couple of bucks a pound and you'll have a chance to pick up some of his wonderful Italian sausage, too. Unfortunately, I don't know of anyone local who carries his sausage although it is sometimes the special at 411 West. Good stuff.