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Nov 17, 2008 06:12 AM

Smoked fish in Orlando???

Looking for ANY place in Orlando where I can get some good smoked fish. Looking for Nova Lox, whitefish salad, chopped herring, pickled herring (or in sour cream & onions), stuff like that.

And please don’t say Toojays. While I understand some people like it, coming from a part of the country with real Jewish deli’s, Toojays just continues to disappoint.

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  1. bagel king - not sure on Amira's - also try the publix in Longwood on 434 and Montgomery

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    1. re: cherylp3

      Yea, I looked at Amira's and didn't see much other then chopped liver. Thanks though, I'll try to look up Bagel King.

      1. re: Corporate_40

        The pickin's are slim. Amira has decent stuff, but you have to order it. You can't just waltz in and buy it like at Zabars. Other than that, TooJays and Bagel King are all I've ever come across--and I've looked. I'm from New York, and I have literally stopped having brunch, which used to be my favorite way to entertain. If you think the appetizing selections are scarce, just wait until you try to find a bagel to go with the fish.

        1. re: Rona Gindin

          I think Bagel King has excellent bagels, keeping in mind we're in Central Florida, not New York. That said, I've had Ess-A-Bagel in Manhattan, and of course they have the superior (perhaps perfect) bagels. But that shouldn't come as any surprise, no more than the fact that Katz's Deli is better than Toojay's.

          As for smoked fish sources, I'd be grateful for any better sources around here too!

    2. Houston's smoked salmon appetizer is delicious... Hot Olives in Winter Park does a smoked salmon wrap with caviar and creme fraiche that is outstanding.

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      1. re: orlwine

        The Fosty Mug in Mt Dora is an Icelandic place. They have pickled herring and gravlox on the menu. sometimes they feature smoked salmon and haddock as specials. They serve the fish with pumpernickle bread, hard boiled eggs , green olives and a dill sauce.

        1. re: mountdorahound

          I love Scandinavian smoked fish. I've been by the Frosty Mug plenty of times, but have never tried it. I think I'm going to make a point of it next time I'm in Mt. Dora...

      2. Whole foods and Fresh Market carry Smoked Salmon. If memory serves, FM in Altamonte Springs had several "Jewish" delicacies displayed prominently around the major holidays.

        Might also want to check with Petty's (Longwood) and Cavallari's (Oveido).

        Good luck....I keep trying to find Smoked Bluefish, while it's very commonplace in MD....not so much outside of MD and VA...

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        1. re: winechic

          The Whole Foods on Sand Lake does have several kinds of smoked salmon. I'm not sure if they've got the standard New York fare though, or if they know how to slice it correctly. And I don't recall seeing whitefish, chubs, sable, etc. I'll take a look next time I'm in there.

        2. I'm from Philly too. When I was up in the summer Jacks (Bustleton Avenue) and
          Ben and Irv's (Huntingdon Valley) both told me they would Fed Ex anything except
          for Chopped Liver. I've stopped looking for deli in Orlando or good cheesesteaks
          anywhere in Florida.
          I buy whitefish salad at TooJay's, bagels at Einstein's and close my eyes and
          dream of Philadelphia.

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          1. re: solivitateacher

            OMG, I would love to have a Jacks down here. I was back in Philly a few weekends ago, had a great Nova platter with a side of whitefish at Famous Deli (4th and Bainbridge).

            So good!!!

            1. re: solivitateacher

              I grew up on Jack's on Sundays until we moved down here. I've yet to find anything half as good as those memories.

            2. Finally made it back to the new Whole Foods on Turkey Lake yesterday, and the news isn't good. The store had a bunch of packaged smoked salmons--all tempting, but none nova or lox. I also saw three old-looking half-whitefishes wrapped in plastic in a cooler. And that's it. No brunch for me ... .