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Dec 29, 2010 12:57 PM

Good food and arrogant SOB restaurant owner - which trumps?

I wonder what other chow lovers do when they're faced with the dilemma of loving in a suburb (Rockland) and not having a lot of choices for decent, local eats.

So, my problem is pastrami. I have found only one local deli and the pastrami is usually very good. BUT, i hate the owner. He is not at all friendly.

What do you do? I don't want to put money in his pocket, because he's an arrogant SOB, but I don't want to lose out on a good sandwich once in a while?

Thanks for listening.

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  1. I have to be true to myself first.....boycott the SOB

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      1. If the sammie is that good, ignore the basted and enjoy yourself.

        Automatic weapons? No soup for you, redfish!

        1. I'm with fourunder . . .part of the experience is customer service. Of course, that's easy for me to say, since I have multiple good deli options.

          1. Depends how bad it is, I guess. If he's actively horrible to you to the point that it is not enjoyable, then I wouldn't go. If he's just a jerk but you don't have to interact much with him, then I'd go. Maybe take out? I wouldn't boycott or try to punish him for being unfriendly if his food is good and it doesn't affect me much (and he's not abusive or discriminatory - that would be a different thing). Here in Seattle we have a famous lunch place where the owner is our own version of the soup nazi (only with freshly roasted turkey sandwiches). He's not friendly, but you only interact with him for 10 seconds and he's just abrupt but keeps the line moving which is great if you have a limited lunch hour since the line is often out the door. There, the food trumps.