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Uptown Deli - Get well soon

I've eaten twice at the new Uptown Deli in Bethesda, and twice been disappointed.

First visit: Carry-out BLT. Bacon soggy/soft, bread under-toasted (a pet peeve with so many restaurants).

Second visit: NEO (nova, eggs, onions) omelet. Very odd flavor (cinnamon overtones) and bread under-toasted. Home fries were good. Coffee (Mayorca) only so-so.

I haven't had their real deli sandwiches yet, and that may be where they truly shine. I hope so, as a good Jewish-style deli would be a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

I'm going to wait a few weeks to see how things shake out. I do wish them well, but they have a long way to go.

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  1. Ah, yes, bacon, the true test of a Jewish deli. And don't forget the toast!

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    1. re: Steve

      If you are going to offer bacon, then do it right.

      1. re: Mister Big

        carryout blt? are you sure the bacon/bread didnt just steam in the container/wrapper?

    2. I had a pastrami sandwich from there and it was pretty good (not very lean, but they didn't advertise it as extra lean or anything). The rye bread was decent. The pickle was nice and sour but a little small (gherkin-sized). I've been meaning to go back and try the corned beef but haven't had a chance.

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      1. re: Doh

        I consider it a good thing that the pastrami is not served lean. That's what "first cut" means on the menu. Non-first-cut pastrami should have a decent ribbon of fat in the meat.

        1. re: Doh

          In all honesty, a true pastrami sandwich shouldn't be lean. That is a trend that really ruins the true taste of the meat. If you are going to eat a pastrami sandwich just deal with the fact that this is probably not going to be a low-fat diet meal for you.

          There are places in NYC that will kick you out for ordering lean meat haha

          1. re: Elyssa

            OK, OK. :) I really meant it more as description than criticism, but take it as recommendation. The truth is it's been a long time since I had an entire pastrami sandwich-- normally I'd go for the half corned beef/half pastrami, and even that's hard to find around here.

            1. re: Doh

              Ah, but they DO have that on the menu:

              The Jets n’ The Mets – Hot steamed Corned Beef and Hot Steamed Pastrami served on twin onion rolls with deli mustard

              1. re: DanielK

                But I'd have to order that as the M-- F-- Jets and Mets...

          2. re: Doh

            Yea, but it is not served fatty in a good way- still a bit tough, not mouth wateringly juicy from the fat. For example I recently had a pastrami in the Chesea Market- Friedman's Deli-- that was absoultely full of that concentrated flavor from the fat that was wonderful. The uptown deli just didn't have that.

            The Uptown's rye bread- they say they use the same as Katz-- but it does not seem the same to me and I did not enjoy it. The chopped liver is good, but not great. The place tries to have a deli atmosphere, but has yet to pull it off. I think they are sitll trying to sort out their kitchen-- their deli man is still learning the ropes. I hope they figure it out soon!

            1. re: ClevelandDave

              Some folks in NY insist on bringing their own rye bread to Katz's.

          3. I fully intend to frequent the place, but I'm going to give them a little time to shake things out. A Jewish-style deli in Bethesda is a mitzvah, and deserves support.