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Best deli in Boca/Delray/Boynton

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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  1. 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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    1. re: gblcsw

      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...

    2. 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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      1. re: dougchristy

        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.

          1. re: aynrandgirl

            Here you go . . .

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

      2. 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

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

        2. 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

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

            1. 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

                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).

                1. re: aynrandgirl

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

              2. 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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                1. re: rainroosty

                  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.

                  1. re: markabauman

                    any thoughts on Nestors Deli?

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

                    per in law best bagels.

                    1. re: jmdhsmiami

                      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.

                2. 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.

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

                    1. 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

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

                      2. 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

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

                          1. re: Alfred G

                            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

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

                          3. 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

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

                              1. re: Alfred G

                                I think that Pastrami Queen is the best.

                                Pastrami Queen
                                7132 Beracasa Way, Boca Raton, FL 33433

                            2. 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

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

                                1. re: Alfred G

                                  Look what happened to them right.

                              2. FEH!

                                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

                                  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. 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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                                    1. re: gblcsw

                                      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.

                                        1. re: RickL

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

                                    2. You didn't mention Bens in Boca

                                      Best of the bunch


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                                      1. re: toronto guy

                                        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.

                                        1. re: sis22sis22

                                          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.

                                            1. re: Janette

                                              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.