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Pastrami in Charlotte

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I am searching in the Charlotte area for real pastrami, not the flavorless pastrami round sold in every grocery store and many delis. This would be pastrami I would buy sliced to take home, not necessarily a place for eat-in. I have seen many mentions of Gleibermann's on Chowhound. I've looked on their website and all of their products are Glatt kosher making their pastrami $19.99/lb. That's more than I want to pay. I do not need Glatt, or even kosher for that matter . When I lived in Texas, I could buy tasty, real pastrami at Central Market for $9.99/lb. Yes, it had a lot of fat to trim off, but that's how I've always seen it. I'm hoping there is a source in Charlotte closer to the Central Market price.

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  1. Try Katz by the Arboretum.

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    1. re: southernitalian

      Has anyone been to Katz lately....their website doesn't seem to be working.

      1. re: bbqdawg

        The website doesn't seem to be working, you are right. Happily the Pastrami and the Corned Beef both are dialed in perfectly and are working at 100%

        1. re: GodfatherofLunch

          Having not been impressed by Katz, I'd love to hear what the OP thinks...please report back if you go, 53latour.

          1. re: bbqdawg

            I'll give Katz a try next week. When I lived in Houston, TX, I had a corned beef rueben at a Katz. It didn't blow me away. One thing I didn't like was way too much rather bland sauerkraut. I grew up on the east side of Cleveland, OH were we had numerous great Jewish delis and later I lived in the metro NYC-area for 17-years. I also saw on a related post a reference to Boar's Head "Navel" pastrami which is a special order item in the grocery stores. I'll investigate that more as well.

            1. re: 53latour

              AKAIK the Katz's deli here is not connected to the "famous" Katz's in Manhattan or any other Katz's deli. Just a common name for deli owners :-).

    2. Delancy Street Deli in S. Charlotte. Not as good as Gliebermans but better than the grocer.