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Best deli in Boca/Delray/Boynton

smartie Jun 26, 2008 07:53 PM

I am a local and tonight went with a friend to Flakeowitz in Boynton on Hagen Ranch. It was not great (tongue sandwich was tasteless and the meat was not pleasant). I have tried them all, TooJays, Poppies, 3G's, Bagel Twins etc etc.

So which do you nominate as your best? I would say that my favourite by far is the TooJays on Glades in Boca. I find the Toojays on Jog and Yamato to blow hot or cold, Flakeowitz on Federal has dreadful service, 3G's never feels clean and Poppies has gone downhill in my opinion.

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    sis22sis22 Jun 4, 2013 12:13 PM

    is there a good KOSHER deli?

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    1. re: sis22sis22
      smartie Jun 5, 2013 03:36 PM

      Ben's is Kosher under some supervision or other but not OU so for some it's not considered Kosher. Depends how strict you are.

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        Janette Jun 5, 2013 03:46 PM

        I haven't been but a new Kosher deli has opened in Boca:-


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          Mat Josher Jun 11, 2013 12:17 PM

          We tried the 18th street deli today. It's a small place with a small selection of good food, although I won't go as far as "best deli." I recommend the pastrami knish.

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        toronto guy May 7, 2013 07:06 PM

        You didn't mention Bens in Boca

        Best of the bunch


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        1. re: toronto guy
          LifeisGood58 Jun 4, 2013 11:59 AM

          IMO, Zinger's in West Boca is the best!!!! I was on a mission to find the best NY deli and this is it. Excellent Corned Beef, Pastrami, Chopped Liver, Matzo Ball soup, etc., etc. I I've eaten at the best in NYC - Carnegie, 2nd Ave, Katz's. Zinger's comes pretty close.

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          bocastyle Oct 8, 2011 02:01 PM

          Went to a new Deli in Boca. Zingers Deli.
          In my opinion the best Pastrami and corned beef in South Fla.
          Loved it!!
          Cant wait to go back.

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            gblcsw Oct 8, 2011 03:24 PM

            Where is it located?

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              RickL Oct 8, 2011 09:20 PM

              It's the old Pastrami Queen (7132 Beracasa Way, Boca Raton, FL 33433, in the Winn-Dixie Plaza at Palmetto and Powerline). Same owner, same very good pastrami and they're open for breakfast too.

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                gblcsw Oct 9, 2011 10:43 AM


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                  OysterHo Jun 5, 2013 11:42 AM

                  Is it still the same owner now? I always wanted to try Pastrami Queen and never got the chance.

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                    Alfred G Jun 6, 2013 03:09 PM

                    Same owner.

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              toronto guy Jan 10, 2011 10:11 AM


              A huge disappointment

              Corned Beef sandwich was chewy & tough

              Tongue sandwich was borderline offal

              Fries were OK

              Cole slaw was watery

              Canned soda was excellent


              Flakowitz of Boynton
              7410 Boynton Beach Blvd, Boynton Beach, FL 33437

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              1. re: toronto guy
                GatorFL Feb 28, 2011 04:21 AM

                I was in Flakowitz once. The girl behind the counter took somebody's money, put it in the register and took my order. She made my bagel wearing the gloves that she had on while accepting the payment. I told her I didn't want the bagel because she made it after accepting the cash. She rolled her eyes and got snippy. I walked out and never went back.

              2. taiga Sep 24, 2010 09:30 AM

                So which deli has the best "atmosphere" (old school with Jewish people like in the stereotypical movies) and is closest to Miami?

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                1. re: taiga
                  Alfred G Sep 24, 2010 01:54 PM

                  Like Horn and Hardart once said, "You can't eat atmosphere".

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                    taiga Apr 25, 2012 07:08 AM

                    Look what happened to them right.

                2. BAFU Sep 21, 2010 06:40 AM

                  Another vote here for Pastrami Queen. Been itching to try Ben's though, I hear nothing but good things about it.

                  Pastrami Queen
                  7132 Beracasa Way, Boca Raton, FL 33433

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                  1. re: BAFU
                    Alfred G Sep 21, 2010 01:26 PM

                    Ben's is OK . . . doesn't compare to PQ.

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                      rsanders99 Sep 21, 2010 02:30 PM

                      I think that Pastrami Queen is the best.

                      Pastrami Queen
                      7132 Beracasa Way, Boca Raton, FL 33433

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                    BarrbiegirlFL Sep 18, 2010 02:52 PM

                    441 & Jog...Best Kosher deli since we have been in FL!!!! Ya can't miss !!!!!

                    Strathmore Bagels
                    4095 State Road 7, Lake Worth, FL 33449

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                    1. re: BarrbiegirlFL
                      Alfred G Sep 19, 2010 01:16 PM

                      441 and Jog each run north to south and do not intersect.

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                        gimmeseconds Jan 11, 2011 11:08 AM

                        The true location is the west side of 441 north of Lake Worth Road. The chain has several other locations in South Florida: Coral Springs on the south side of Wiles near University, and Coconut Creek on the east side of Lyons just south of the Sawgrass. There may be more.

                      2. re: BarrbiegirlFL
                        faleentoby Feb 27, 2011 10:50 AM

                        Actually, Strathmore may have nice food, but they are NOT KOSHER.

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                        InSight Sep 4, 2009 03:34 PM

                        You thing you have it bad? I am on the west coast of Florida. Try finding a good hosher or kosher style deli here!

                        I am also asking from help here from the forum at large. Does anyone know of any distributers of pickled tongue, or corned beef tongue that sells to local supermarkets or speciality stores? I'm dying over here! Thanks in advance.

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                        1. re: InSight
                          smartie Sep 4, 2009 06:26 PM

                          make your own, order a tongue from a butcher and find a recipe. I have done it a few times.

                        2. pikiliz Jul 16, 2009 12:55 PM

                          I think if you are looking for a good corned beef or pastrami sandwich the pickel barrel is hard to beat.

                          1. freakerdude Jul 16, 2009 10:14 AM

                            Flakowitz in Boynton was featured on D3 (Diners, Drive Ins, and Drives). It looked so good that I might have to make a pit stop at one some time.

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                              rainroosty Apr 30, 2009 10:53 AM

                              I've never seen a "deli" in Florida and I've been here over 30 years. How I miss the delicatessens on Long Island, New York! (But it's not worth going back there for) . :-)

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                                markabauman Apr 30, 2009 11:51 AM

                                we were visiting the folks recently in Boca and we went to Pastrami Queen. Not bad. Service was attentive. It's not Katz's, but I'd go back.

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                                  jmdhsmiami May 19, 2009 03:41 AM

                                  any thoughts on Nestors Deli?

                                  7050 Palmetto Park Road West
                                  Boca Raton, Fl 33433
                                  Phone #: 561.391.0999

                                  per in law best bagels.

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                                    SaminSFL May 21, 2009 04:55 AM

                                    3 Words....Dirty...Dirty...Dirty

                                    A couple Places with REALLY good Bagels and a good Deli

                                    Way Beyond Balgels on Jog Rd between Linton and Clint Moore(Expensive)

                                    West Coast Bagels on 441 West Boca between Yamato Rd and Glades

                                    I totally Agree on V&S...its the best Italian Deli ni the area,

                                    Pastrami Queen - Very good Pastrami for florida... You would think there were more places like this considering we are the 6th burough of NY

                                    And Yes Poppies is a Great place, Old Management is back in charge so things have gotten better.

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                                Alfred G Apr 26, 2009 10:31 PM

                                Try Pastrami Queen on Palmetto and Powerline (Beracasa Shops).

                                Pastrami Queen
                                7132 Beracasa Way, Boca Raton, FL 33433

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                                1. re: Alfred G
                                  aynrandgirl Apr 27, 2009 02:16 PM

                                  I went there today on this recommendation. It was very good. The pastrami was thinly sliced, not grilled, on robust rye (not the white-bread-like stuff some shops like to foist off as rye).

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                                    Alfred G Apr 27, 2009 10:27 PM

                                    They will slice the pastrami by hand upon request. Really good food.

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                                  smartie Apr 26, 2009 07:15 PM

                                  I also like Toojays on Glades best.
                                  3G's seems grubby to me.

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                                    photonAL Apr 26, 2009 05:39 PM

                                    3G's is the best, but in season there is always a long wait. their rye bread is great as is everything else. they Are clean.
                                    Poppies has by far the best cheese blintzes, but only the blintzes are good
                                    Bens sucks, unless you keep Kosher, then you dont care how it tastes, as long as it is kosher.
                                    TooJays is a large chain and the ones Ive been too arent any good
                                    Flakowitz on Federal is good, the one on 441 isn't good

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                                      Janette Jun 29, 2008 01:21 AM

                                      Got to be Ben's on Clint Moore Road. It is busy from morning to night and the food is always excellent. It's a meaty NY style deli resturant so no cream cheese etc..

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                                      1. re: Janette
                                        smartie Sep 5, 2009 11:35 AM

                                        Janette you might change your mind, Ben's had 25 or more food safety and cleanliness violations this week.

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                                        dougchristy Jun 27, 2008 04:19 PM

                                        It's not a "deli" in the traditional meaning of the word but V&S Deli on N. Federal Hwy. in Boca makes the best Italian subs and sandwiches. I try to go every time I'm back home.

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                                          coffeyucf May 18, 2009 09:21 AM

                                          I'd second V&S. Not a traditional jewish deli but an Italian one. Probably the best Italian hero I've had in south florida.

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                                            aynrandgirl May 18, 2009 09:26 AM

                                            Where on N Federal is it?

                                            1. re: aynrandgirl
                                              Alfred G May 18, 2009 11:21 PM

                                              Here you go . . .

                                              V & S Italian Deli & Subs
                                              2621 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, FL 33431

                                        2. gblcsw Jun 26, 2008 08:00 PM

                                          Ben's on 441 is, by far, the best delii, IMHO...I actually used to go to Ben's in NY and was thrilled when they came to FL. We come from Fort Lauderdale for our deli fix!

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                                            juggler Apr 28, 2009 01:38 PM

                                            I wasn't too impressed when I tried Ben's Deli. Way overpriced for a sandwich that wasn't very good. Here's a more detailed blog post about my opinion of Ben's:

                                            Out of all the deli's I've tried down there, I have to say that Toojays is definitely my favorite...

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