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Looking for Jewish Style Deli in Seattle / Tacoma

BurbankSunflower Jul 20, 2008 07:30 PM

We're visiting the area next week and were wondering if there were any that might have good breads, lox, the usual!

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    tstrum Jul 20, 2008 09:11 PM

    Goldbergs in Factoria is the closest you will find to a Jewish Deli.

    1. amyh18 Jul 20, 2008 09:23 PM

      I don't know where you are from but there's a good chance what you can get in your hometown is better than what will find in Seattle. We seriously lack jewish deli food. There's a guy in Pike Market who makes a decent corned beef/pastrami sandwich. While at Pike, pick up some smoked salmon. I have given up on bagels in this town.
      I would forgo the bread and lox and dive into a bowl of Pho. Have a good trip.

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      1. re: amyh18
        GreenYoshi Jul 21, 2008 09:03 AM

        Don't forget there's two kinds of smoke salmon though.
        Often around here, when you ask for smoke salmon you get the hot smoked stuff, which is the drier, more cooked seeming one.

        I'm pretty sure an Eastcoaster looking for something like lox would be sadly dissappointed by this dry, smoky meat.

        1. re: GreenYoshi
          Lauren Jul 22, 2008 09:15 AM

          Clearly you've never had good hot-smoked salmon. Get thee to Pure Fish in the Market ASAP!

          1. re: Lauren
            jencke Jul 24, 2008 01:49 AM

            Yeah, no kidding... I grew up in a Swedish family in West Seattle. We caught our own silver salmon and smoked it on the back porch. That dry stuff you usually find in the market doesn't hold a candle to the real deal.... that said, kippered salmon's the bomb, when done right. Mutual Fish occasionally does it right.

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        lemiller610 Jul 21, 2008 08:39 AM

        Roxy's in Fremont is very close to the best Jewish delis.
        They have a great reuben and great lox/bagel plates.
        Great latkes too!!!

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          BurbankSunflower Jul 21, 2008 02:37 PM

          Thanks, everyone. We're in Victoria - so the salmon comments are perfectly in line. Saves us driving around for no reason. I love this site and all the members who tell the truth!

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            JenSeaman Jul 23, 2008 03:55 PM

            Hands down I just went to I Love New York Deli in the Pike Place Market, great place!!! Delicious!


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            1. re: JenSeaman
              terrier Jul 23, 2008 05:32 PM

              Definitely the best pastrami sandwich in Seattle. The knishes are pretty generic, though, and the market bosses won't let him sell lox to protect the other salmon vendors.

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                JenSeaman Jul 24, 2008 09:18 AM

                The owner used to have a Jewish style Deli in Pioneer Square back in the day. I found some info about the restaurant here:


                THAT"S A LOT OF MEAT!!!


                1. re: terrier
                  howard 1st Jul 24, 2008 09:35 AM

                  though i agree that the market is run by a bunch of doddering idiots, new york deli could serve lox and bagels if he wanted to but his stall is the size of a large closet and there is barely room for him to stock his current menu without adding lox (maybe nova...), cream cheese (or butter...), bagels (in their multitudes) and the appropriate garnishes. his knishes, though not to my grandmother's standard, are as good (better, to my palate) as yonah schimmel's and he, indeed, has the only decent pastrami sandwich (on excellent rye bread) in the city - sadly, he is currently having problems with his pickle supplier

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                    barleywino Aug 16, 2008 12:22 PM

                    had a taste of their roast beef yesterday, it was tender and moist like no other roast beef i've ever had...not sure whether the quality varies from day to day or not

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                JackNH Jul 24, 2008 12:23 AM

                Don't even bother trying. I'm serious. If you're kosher, you're in trouble overall. Get some alder wood smoked salmon somewhere and have it with some fresh bread, lemon juice, maybe fresh pepper and sea salt. In your hotel room, reading the weekend papers.

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                  garifw Jul 25, 2008 08:25 PM

                  Hey Sunflower -
                  I'm from NYC (and Jewish) but have been residing in Sea for a while. The only truly authentic Jewish style deli that can stand up to NY deli scrutiny would be the deli mentioned in the Pike Place Market - I Love New York Deli - so small you will pass it by, and it's more of a take out stand, no seats. It's hard to find so be sure and ask for directions once you're in the market. One other which is fairly good is called Eats Market Cafe in West Seattle (http://www.eatsmarket.com/). Kind of a schlep from downtown.

                  Etta's Seafood, which is 1 block north of the market, is currently serving lox sandwiches (lunch only) on their homemade focaccia and they smoke and cure their own lox. Pretty tasty.

                  There are many terrific artisan bread makers in Seattle. Try Macrina Bakery and the Dahlia Bakery for some nice breads. In the Pike Place Market, try Le Panier for more French style.

                  And definitely try to make it to Salumi which is in Pioneer Square. Small joint, hard to get seated, only open for lunch, go at an off hour (after 1 pm) - worth it!

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