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Feb 24, 2011 05:22 PM

Does anyone remember the Crown High Deli in downtown New Haven?

It was on the corner of... Crown and High. And I don't know what sort of magic they used but their eggs (over easy, for me) and breakfast potatoes tasted like - amazingness. I mean, there's only so much you can do to a fried egg, but theirs were so good and, for some reason, savory and interesting-tasting. I can only guess that the griddle wasn't super-clean, and they made sausage and peppers at lunch or something, with the effect being like those Hong Kong restaurants you hear about with the 250-year old soup pot that's never been washed and makes everything taste like 250 years of good.

I used to go there every morning I possibly could for eggs and bacon and potatoes on a styrofoam plate. This was maybe 1993-95. And then they were gone.

Anyone remember the place, or know what happened to it?

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  1. When I worked at 300 George st I used to get lunch there occasionally. Food was very good. Now I believe it is a Cuban restaurant.

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    1. re: pockee

      Yeah, the food was good.

      I realize this is such a personal nostalgia trip (obviously it'd be less so if this was a more famous place - I'd get more hits if I was reminiscing about the Doodle) that I can't expect to get much information. But I'm mostly wondering what became of them. It was a surprising disappearance back then.

    2. I don't remember that restaurant, but I do remember Whitey's on Whalley Ave. I was still a kid and I had my first pastrami on rye sandwich with melted swiss and Russian dressing there.. Hmmm. I.. wonder if there are any good delis left in that area.

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      1. re: aldente1

        I remember Al's and Chuck's across Whalley from each other. Al's was my favorite -- there you could get their pastrami special, a pile of pastrami that was grilled up with onions then topped with swiss and tomatoes on rye toast. They always gave you a big bowl of half sours. It was in a metal diner-like building.

        Chuck's, however, was Kosher. If you wanted cheese it came on a separate plate.

        I still make pastrami specials at home.

        1. re: junescook

          These places sound so good. When are we talking about? I lived in New Haven first as a kid in the 70s and 80s and then again as a college student in the 90s, so I've got multiple eras of NH-based food nostalgia.

          1. re: junescook

            Chucks's was definitely NOT kosher.....I literally grew up there and had countless pastrami specials (with cheese ON the sandwich!).
            I often lament that of all of the restaurants that closed in New Haven over the years, I miss Chuck's the most. Not only were the sandwiches terrific, but you could always count on being entertained by Chuck's bellowing from the kitchen. What's left in New Haven for "deli" sahdwiches pales in comparison to what we enjoyed for more than 40 years at Chuck's.

            1. re: junescook

              Chuck's was never kosher, but for a time Fox's Kosher Deli was on Whalley, after leving Legion Avenue and before departing for Hamden. They served on paper plates, and would serve you a slice of cheese on a separate plate for the customer to put on the sandwich.

              New Haven in the 50s 60s and very early 60s had more than half a dozen kosher delis, a dozen kosher bakeries and 20 kosher butchers. Now there is but one butcher/deli run by an Israeli and without the eastern European taste we gre up with.

              1. re: bagelman01

                Like I said, Al's was my regular place thus the confusion on Chuck's and Fox's. Al's was a regular post date place when going to school (F'fld U) in the 60s sincie I lived in Highwood at the time.

                  1. re: bagelman01

                    My drink of choice at Chuck's was a chocolate soda with ice - no milk ;-)