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Good Jewish Deli? Looking for Lox, Matzo Ball Soup, Rye, and Half Sour Pickles

lo105 Jul 24, 2010 03:35 PM

Even though I'm Japanese, Jewish deli food is sort of a comfort food for me. Is there a Nate & Al equivalent down here? And If you're going to tell me to go to Jerry's Famous, you can go to hell.

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    stevewag23 Jul 28, 2010 12:22 PM

    I have had Katz's Deli deliver. I don't remember costs being too bad.

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      beth1 Jul 26, 2010 08:47 PM

      If you find one, let me know.

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        Encinitan Jul 25, 2010 10:42 PM

        Ba-Tempte makes very good pickles of various varieties, including the half-sour type. The Ralph's Supermarket in Encinitas carries Ba-Tempte, including the half sour.

        Here is a previous Chowhound thread that addressed the Jewish deli scene in San Diego

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          daantaat Jul 25, 2010 07:19 PM

          No Jerry's Famous in SD, so no worries. Unfortunately, there is no good Jewish deli in SD.

          We wait to hit up Brent's Deli in Northridge and Westlake Village, then bring down a ton of food to freeze. We have 2 loaves of rye bread, corned beef, pastrami and tongue in our freezer right now. They do deliver to SD, although it's probably comes with a high delivery charge.

          1. Josh Jul 25, 2010 09:48 AM

            You're out of luck, I'm afraid. I wait until LA to meet my deli cravings.

            Sour pickles can be found at Whole Foods market - Bubbie's are exemplary. Bread and Cie in Hillcrest makes a fantastic authentic Jewish rye bread.

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            1. re: Josh
              lo105 Jul 28, 2010 11:44 AM

              Thank you! Will definitely try it

            2. goodhealthgourmet Jul 24, 2010 04:51 PM

              nothing here even comes close to Nate & Al's, Brent's, Canter's, Langer's, Barney Greengrass, or anything you'll find back East.

              if you're willing to settle for mediocre at best, try DZ Akins. or if you're truly desperate for a fix and don't want to drive up to LA, Brent's Deli supposedly delivers to SD...though i imagine the delivery charge must be obscene.

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              1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                Captain Jack Jul 25, 2010 08:29 AM

                The Matzo Ball Soup is actually one of DZ's better offerings. Rye and pickles, not so much.

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                  ospreycove Jul 25, 2010 08:45 AM

                  Nate & Al's has really slipped. It is a mere shadow of its former life. Kind of down at the heels, and most all catagories of its offerings are very pedestrian.

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                    lo105 Jul 28, 2010 11:44 AM

                    Ya, it isn''t what it was, but it had the sort of offerings I was looking to find down here.

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