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Jewish style deli food in Denver?

Diane in Bexley May 11, 2010 10:46 AM

As part of my exploring the Jewish style deli food of North America tour, I will be visiting Denver the week of Labor Day & Rosh Hashonna. In search of good deli, especially since I will be catering in the New Year for my DD, who will soon move there. Seeing as how she will be sharing an apartment, I am looking for good deli and Jewish food sources, as cooking space will be very limited. You can search on my name for posts about other delis I have visited. Thanks Colorado hounds

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  1. LurkerDan May 11, 2010 12:29 PM

    Jimmy and Drew's in Boulder is pretty good.

    1. tatamagouche May 11, 2010 02:03 PM

      I'm actually surprised there aren't more delis here, since TB brought a fairly large Jewish community for the supposedly beneficial climate. I guess they opened hospitals (OK, one) instead of restaurants. In Denver, there's really just Zaidy's, which isn't bad but isn't kosher. I think there might be one or two other small ones.



      1. Veggo May 11, 2010 02:35 PM

        My favorite is New York Deli News, on E. Hampden, near the Kennedy golf course. Lots of seating, (there may be some waiting), large portions, sour pickles at the table. My favorite sandwich, pastrami and chopped liver on rye, is a menu item.
        Second choice is Eastside Kosher Deli on Elm & Cherry St, just south of Leetsdale, and it's actually in Glendale. It's within the Eruv surrounding the large jewish community in Crestmoor just north of Leetsdale, in fact a group worked to expand the Eruv to include the restaurant when it moved to its location. If you go, Tell Mike hey from Veggo.

        New York Deli News
        7105 E Hampden Ave, Denver, CO 80224

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          tatamagouche May 11, 2010 02:53 PM

          Oh, I forgot about NYDN. Really, it's pretty good?

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            Veggo May 11, 2010 03:26 PM

            Oh yeah, and busy enough that I had to mention they have a wait area with seating, and pickles once you get a table and have to wait a little more. Visit there other than prime time and you will breeze in and out.
            Also, for you and the OP, if you can finagle an invite to Green Gables CC, (one of my favorite Arthur Hills designed golf courses), I think an out of towner will find the food and service equal to high expectations.
            This is not relevant, but as a middle aged New England protestant who has lived in a lot of places, I was amazed at how warmly I was welcomed by the jewish community during my 8 years in Denver, and my lifelong friendships that developed there.

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              Heyteacher May 18, 2010 12:27 PM

              IMO, NYDN is HORRIBLE.....quality has really gone downhill over the years and the service is not good.

              My absolute fave in the area, besides Zaidy's which has already been mentioned, is Bagel Deli off Hampden and I-25.

              Bagel Deli & Restaurant
              6439 E Hampden Ave, Denver, CO 80222

        2. WriterDude May 12, 2010 12:39 PM

          Zaidy's serves, hands down, the best Reuben I have ever had. Just my $0.02.

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            Chezmo May 13, 2010 02:41 PM

            Deli Tech, 8101 E. Belleview Ave. • Denver • 303-721-6768.
            This place imports their meat and bread from Carnegie Deli in New York. Reminds me of home. They have everything you would want in a deli. I also like Jimmy and Drews in Boulder because I live 2 miles from their restaurant. My first choice is Deli Tech.


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              gumbosally May 31, 2010 10:20 AM

              zaidy's is my favorite. there are 2 (at least there were when i moved away in 2007): one downtown and the original near the cherry creek shopping center. i could only go once a month because i kept ordering the pastrami sandwich made with latkes instead of bread! baked-on-the-site challah is good too. i would opt for the cherry creek destination -- better people-watching.

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                tatamagouche May 31, 2010 10:39 AM

                The downtown one closed a few months ago, but the CC branch is still going strong.

                Finally made it to NYDN—the food was mixed, but it's a fun place, and I had a great service experience both times—hilarious old ladies on the ball.


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                ShinyObjects Jun 1, 2010 10:56 AM

                Since it's only been mentioned once: An enthusiastic "Seconded" to the rec. of Bagel Deli at Hampden & Monaco. I have no heritage-related authority to discern authentic deli, but I can say it's good food! I believe it's been here for 30 years or more, originally in the Mayfair neighborhood and now further south. Great breakfast specials M-F, huge-ass sandwiches, it can get crowded on weekends but is worth the wait.

                Bagel Deli & Restaurant
                6439 E Hampden Ave, Denver, CO 80222

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                  Awal Jun 2, 2010 01:08 PM

                  Heidi's Brooklyn Deli is a small Denver-based chain that appears to be franchising outside of Denver now. There are several locations downtown. There's no atmosphere, but they make all their own bread (I like the marble rye) and the sandwiches are pretty solid. It's probably not a first choice (or even second), but if you're interested in being comprehensive, it's worth a quick nosh.

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                    ToddBradley Jun 5, 2010 07:54 AM

                    I agree with Awal that it's not a first choice or a second. I would put Heidi's at approximately #29 on the list of Jewish delis in Denver. Heidi's Brooklyn Deli is neither from Brooklyn nor a deli. It's just another sandwich shop, not significantly different than Quizno's, Subway, or Snarf's.

                    5340 Arapahoe Ave Ste J, Boulder, CO 80303

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                    blisstone Aug 10, 2010 08:26 PM

                    East Side Kosher Deli on elm off of Leestdale. Good food source. More of the real deal than Heidi's. Though I don't mind Heidi's.

                    East Side Kosher Deli
                    499 S Elm St, Denver, CO 80246

                    1. DebitNM Mar 30, 2012 06:05 PM

                      Looking for updated info on delis. I am specifically looking for a place that serves smoked fish [sable, whitefish] etc]. In my searching, I found that Zaidy's was sold not too long ago - an impact from that transaction? Thanks.

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                        monopod Apr 2, 2012 10:15 AM

                        I don't know anything about Zaidy's, but just wanted to note that a place in Boulder that was formerly a respectable Jewish-style deli, Jimmy & Drew's, has apparently decided to give up and become a generic sandwich shop. The deli case of things like smoked whitefish salad and chopped liver is gone, and they no longer have knishes. They're apparently focusing more on things like their fish fry and turkey/stuffing sandwiches, which play to the crowds in Boulder better. Bummer.

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                          Tripper Apr 7, 2012 04:14 PM

                          We were there last July and it was very good deli. It had everything we typically order at a deli and was good quality.

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