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Best Lox on the Main Line??

michael Feb 16, 2009 10:24 AM

I am planning a Sunday lox and bagel brunch for a number of friends. Where on the Main Line can I buy the most delicious, fresh lox on a given Sunday morning? I am not looking for the pre-packaged variety (though I know there are a number of quality brands to be found).

Which delicatessen (or similar market) has the best smoked salmon, whitefish salad, etc on the Main Line? One that carries amazing bagels is a plus!

Thanks very much!

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    productionjon RE: michael Feb 16, 2009 06:24 PM

    Hymie's and Murray's are the two Main LIne Deli staples both in Merion. Another interesting option is the kosher deli counter at the Genuardi's in Wynnewood. They have some very fresh fish and homemade whitefish salad. The bagels are so so.

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      nevets RE: michael Feb 16, 2009 06:29 PM

      Genuardi's in St. Davids (call first) -consistently excellent lox cut by someone who knows how to do it right (I forget his name though).

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        RocketJSquirrel RE: nevets Feb 17, 2009 06:58 AM

        I agree. It's a steal at the price. The kippered salmon is great, too.
        His name is Aaron.

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          waynefoodie RE: RocketJSquirrel Feb 17, 2009 04:02 PM

          Can I say some wonderful things about Aaron ,a sixtyish former psychology professor, who will personalize anything he does? Aaron is the best customer service person on the main line. I cannot begin to tell you all the good he brings to the world. He is the best.

          Having said this, I hope the line is not longer for him when I go there. He takes his time to do it right. Get the pastrami also.

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            RocketJSquirrel RE: waynefoodie Feb 18, 2009 11:41 AM

            Absolutely, Waynefoodie! I can vouch for everything you say. He is a really great person. Thanks for the pastrami advice, as well.

      2. Mawrter RE: michael Feb 16, 2009 06:41 PM

        Yep, Hymie's & Marray's are what you want, and they're within a few hundred feet of each other on Montgomery Avenue. True locals have their loyalties, but I love them both. And of course they both have impeccable bagels. And Murray's has a satellite location to the west - Berwyn.

        Oh, and Michael's in KoP is good, too, though I haven't eaten as much of their lox.

        Hymie's Merion Delicatessen
        342 Montgomery Ave, Merion Station, PA 19066

        Murray Delicatessen
        285 Montgomery Ave, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

        575 Lancaster Ave, Berwyn, PA 19312

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          rocknroll52 RE: Mawrter Feb 17, 2009 03:23 AM

          If you are going to Hymies or Murrays for the lox, I suggest a stop at Manhattan bagels on Montgomery Ave in narberth....to my taste they are the best. Go early in the AM for the best selection. I recommend the rye and the pumpernickel.

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            Bride of the Juggler RE: rocknroll52 Feb 17, 2009 06:24 AM

            Sure, you can go to a chain...or you can get the best bagels in town at New York Bagels at City Line and Haverford. It's a real bagel bakery, full of steam and yummy smells. They even have bagel sticks. Thank you.

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              rocknroll52 RE: Bride of the Juggler Feb 17, 2009 07:18 AM

              Good to know Bride...I'll check them out!

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                Boognish RE: rocknroll52 Feb 17, 2009 09:25 AM

                I second New York Bagels.

                Good lox too. Can't comment on the whitefish salad.

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                Mawrter RE: Bride of the Juggler Feb 19, 2009 05:56 AM

                Yup - they're the best for bagels.

                New York Bagel Bakery
                7555 Haverford Ave, Philadelphia, PA

          2. RichieT RE: michael Feb 17, 2009 06:03 AM

            I third (or whatever) Hymie's & Murray's. Don't forget to get some of the amazing chopped herring salad as well as the creme cheese with scallions. I know you can mix that up yourself, but there's something about it coming out of the plastic container. Also.. sometimes they have "bialys" if they do.. get 'em!!! And as far as Michaels in KOP.. it's good.. but in the opinion of this scrivener, not as good as the other two!!

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              TwoBellies RE: RichieT Feb 17, 2009 07:21 AM

              Michael's in K of P is terrible. OMG! Stay away, stay far away,

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                RichieT RE: TwoBellies Feb 17, 2009 02:10 PM

                wow.. Used to be okay, but I've not been in quite a while! Thanks for letting me know. Terrible is pretty darn bad! I shall avoid...

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              heartdoc RE: michael Feb 18, 2009 06:23 AM

              Food Source in Brynmawr, is incredible, but it costs!
              still worth a look

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                michael RE: michael Feb 18, 2009 09:34 AM

                Thanks all for the help / recommendations!

                I am wondering, what are the costs at these various stores? Hymies, Murrays, Genuardis, Food Source.. Price per lb of lox, whitefish, etc I suppose.

                I am guessing this can become a decent sized bill depending on where bought and how much.

                Thank you again!

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                  Graham1 RE: michael Feb 18, 2009 12:59 PM

                  There is a store in Philadelphia called DiBruno Bros. It is on chestnut street. I was there two weeks ago and had some incredible smoked salmon. Go to the counter and ask them to slice some of the River & Glen scottish smoked salmon. I hear it is the one exclusively used by Eric Ripert at Le Bernardin. Well worth the extra trip.

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                    Bride of the Juggler RE: Graham1 Feb 19, 2009 04:15 AM

                    They do have great stuff, although very pricey. Their whitefish salad is great, with huge chunks of fish. Thank you.

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