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Aug 27, 2009 10:28 PM

Zinsky's - Outstanding Deli in North Dallas

Not a deli aficionado, but always in search of a place that serves corned beef or pastrami something like Carnegie Deli, I came across Zinsky's (NE quadrant of Preston-Royal between Starbucks and Baskin Robbins, same strip as Purple Cow) this week.

Everything from the chili to matzo ball soup - and the pastrami Reuben, of course - were phenomenal. have returned twice. ... And the savory dill pickles, served like chips and salsa at a Tex-Mex joint, even engaged my five-year- old son, who ate nearly a complete bowl this evening.

Moreover, the atmosphere is clean and crisp, offering a variety a good tunes.

Zinsky's just opened about a month ago. Check it out:

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  1. Being an aficionado of Deli News and little else in Dallas, I will check this place out tomorrow. Anyone one wishing to meet the DallasDude, I will be there at 12:30...

    Thank you for the rec, I have been to these corners many times as of late and it is difficult to see new places.

    1. I look forward to your review, DallasDude, although I understand that it is near impossible to get a table from about 10a until 2p. My two visits were in the evening.

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      1. re: pschweizer

        I see they have several owners. The name sake co-founded Pei Wei, and the others are the owners of Blue Mesa.

        1. re: DallasDude

          Yes, I first met Mark Brezinski (sp?) when he opened Tin Star across from the Quadrangle, trying to get him to put a location in Lakewood. (He said that, unfortunately, the traffic/demographic don't work for a start-up restaurant (but perhaps that is changing with the new Whole Foods, Penne Pomodoro, and Paciugo).) Anyway, it was many years ago that I met Mark, when I was a "big-firm downtown lawyer" (thank goodness those days are over), and I am confident that Mark does not recall our meeting. In connection with Mark, it is noteworthy that he was "working the floor" both nights that my family went to Zinsky's this week, just as he was working the counter at Tin Star in years past. I did not reintroduce myself, but he seems to know what it takes to make a restaurant successful.

      2. Mark Brezinski is also the owner of the, Bengal Coast restaurant near Oak Lawn.

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        1. re: twinwillow

          I haven't been to Bengal Coast, and I have an affinity for Indian. So that is on my hit list.

          Where I have been is Zinksy's. Today for a late lunch, I jogged into the place, located next to Starbucks in the NE corner of Preston Royal. So close to home that I will make it a regular stop.

          As with any new deli, I ordered my go to plate consisting of half egg salad on egg bread, and a cup of matzo ball soup. The egg salad was dense and creamy just the same. The bread was firm, fresh and buttery. The broth for the soup was not clear, but instead very homemade and flavorful. Bits of the mirepoix residue swam on the bottom of the cup and held up two of the lightest and tastiest matzo balls I have had in a long time. They were just under golf ball size.

          The waitress, Cynthia was amazingly courteous and was extremely helpful. She answered a few of my questions politely. I asked if they baked their own products, and I believe she said they sub that out to Empire. They do make their own meats in house, except for the ham (of course). Next time I will try the corned beef. She made it sound so delicious.

          The place had a pleasant decor, and was long and narrow. Several TVs played in the background, set to the Food Network (love Giada) and what sounded like the Hebrew National Radio Network (playing every obvious Jewish showtune and comedian).

          When I went to pay my bill, I begged for the other half of the sandwich, it was just that good. I will be back often. Thank you for the rec! Next time I bring my houndchick.

          BTW, that isn't iced tea I was drinking, it is a Dr Browns Cream Soda, a must for any deli.

          1. re: twinwillow

            Glad that you enjoyed Zinsky's, DallasDude.

            Reading your review, I was reminded of one of my boys' favorite movies, Ratatouille - Antono Ego (the restaurant critic) to be exact. ... Good movie and great, thorough review by you.

            Cheers - PAS

            1. re: pschweizer

              Took the houndchick today for lunch. It was a bit busy but just a ten minute wait. I wanted to order something different, but I was haunted by yesterdays lunch, so I ordered the same half egg salad and cup 'o' matzo ball soup. The egg salad wasn't the same as it was yesterday. It will heavy laden with mayo and heavy, and that was the one thing I was bragging about that made the previous sandwich so delightful... how light and free of too much mayo.

              I sent the sandwich back and they brought me a brisket sandwich. And instead of the half they gave me a full. And without comment, they unceremoniously removed ten dollars from our ticket. We even told the waitress that we didn't want her to bother with anything of the sort, but she did.

              The ten dollars was more than my meal. I was extremely impressed by how they handled this and will, of course, go back often. Everyone can make a mistake, and everything cannot be perfect 100% of the time. The difference is how situations, no matter how minor, are handled. I extend a congratulations to this new venture and look forward to many meals at Zinsky's.

          2. NO KNISHES!!!!! I can’t get over the knish thing. And there absolutely has to be kasha knishes.
            No chopped liver.
            Is this meant to be a NY style Deli or what?
            Small sandwiches: lean corned beef (considered by some to be blah, but ok by me. GREAT pastrami I have to say.
            Good Hot Dogs.
            The lox was good at Zinsky’s and the vegetable cream cheese shmear was fine. Bagels are OK.
            Matzoh ball soup is good: two good sized balls with room for a good basic broth.
            I still prefer Deli News, but who wants to drive that far north LOL

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            1. re: dfwdean

              Fair points, dfwdean, and our most recent visit (this past Saturday evening) wasn't as impressive as our first few visits. ... Will have to make the trip north to Deli News, although I won't hesitate to go to Zinsky's for a pastrami reuben when needing a local fix!!

              1. re: dfwdean

       chopped liver? If it's a Jewish deli, you need the chopped liver. But, it being Dallas and there being a lack of good Jewish delis, I will settle for really good pastrami. I hope the sandwiches are not skinny like Ed's. I want a towering pile of meat. I'm surprised that they are bringing in Empire's goods, but Empire has terrific stuff. Three things I always order at a Jewish Deli: chopped liver, super reuben (pastrami and corned beef), and an egg cream. If the deli has it, I love latkes, but have never been the biggest fan of knish.

                1. re: jindomommy

                  Just to clear up any potential misunderstanding, Zinsky's offers chopped liver. See for the full menu, if you can figure out the website's vernacular.

                2. re: dfwdean

                  They do have chopped liver but as all of the delis in Dallas they mix beef and chicken. Basically there is no real New York chopped chicken liver in DFW period. All of the delis here mix with beef for some reason.

                  1. re: dfwdean

                    OK, went back and had "The Zinsky", my new favorite sandwich there: A triple-decker lollapalooza with three breads, Roast Beef, Pastrami and Turkey, Muenster, American Cheese and Pepper Jack, Cole Slaw and their Special Dressing. Yum. Take a friend to eat it.

                    I understand that $2 of every "the Zinsky" sold is donated to Jewish Family Service of Dallas.

                    1. re: dfwdean

                      Does anyone know of any places in the metroplex that carry knishes? I was in Seattle and had a good one, which just winds up reminding me that I can't find any here.

                    2. I'll stick to Deli-News for the best smoked nova and sturgeon, chopped liver, pastrami and baked goods. Especially the poppy seed Danish. And ohh, those Thumann (brand) pork, breakfast sausages.

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                      1. re: twinwillow

                        After four visits, I prefer Deli News. But in a pinch it's ok. I will go back, it's new.