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Dec 27, 2005 04:34 PM

OC Jewish-style delis??

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Ok, I know about Jerry's in Costa Mesa and
Katella Deli in Cypress. One's just another so-so
corporate clone and the second just wasn't too great the last time I visited....

But, are there any other delis within the Orange Curtain who've missed my gaze???


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  1. kosher bite deli in laguna niguel
    benjie's in orange or santa ana.

    the pickings are very slim in these parts.

    but if you like midwestern delis, hollingshead's in orange might also do the trick.

    1. There's the 1 in Laguna Hills 5 Freeway @ Alicia that recently changed it's name from PJ Bernsteins that I've been to several times and enjoy. Especially, their all you can eat brunch on Mothers & Fathers day. That's right, all you can eat lox, white fish etc... etc...

      There's another in Dana Point that I've never been to and don't remember the name of.

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      1. re: JB

        Has anyone tried Tommy Pastrami in Santa Ana on Harbor?


        1. re: obscuro

          Scroll two posts down.

      2. w
        wow i'm a dog

        Orange County Kosher Market and Deli (RCOC)
        688 El Camino Real
        (714) 838-3108
        - near the 5 and 55 freeways in the El Camino Plaza

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        1. re: wow i'm a dog

          I have had their corned beef and enjoyed it - very nice and moist.

        2. Harbor Deli, at Dana Point Harbor, has been an amazingly good find. I have learned that the place has changed hands twice in the last couple of years and an ex-server told me the latest owner is not using the same New York suppliers any more...... but I still love the place. If it's not too far for you, give it a try. I am a sucker for their beef barley soup and pastrami on rye. The pickles are just how I like of my personal barometers for a Jewish deli. I find it much better than Bernstein's.

          It's located in a small area, just South of the main Dana Harbor restaurants, near the dock for boats to Catalina. The Jolly Roger is two doors away.

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          1. re: Midlife

            We love Harbor Deli. Great pastrami, rye bread, pickles, matzo ball soup, chicken liver etc. Also the location cannot be beat, at Dana Point Harbor. I am not an authority on Jewish deli's or food but this is a wonderful place in So.OC and I have eaten at the deli's in NYC and I still love Harbor deli best of all. Since I have recently moved to this area I think it is a real gem. Please post if you experience it.

            1. re: jsl

              Harbor Deli is now a very odd combination of deli-by-day and Italian-by-night....... though they recently returned to serving deli at night as well. So I guess you can get cannelloni and pastrami in the evening. My latest experience was a take-out beef barley soup and 1/2 pastrami sand combo. Tasted pretty much as it used to except there was less meat on the sandwich.

              It is now owned by a group that owns an Italian resto (Mezzaluna) in Monarch Beach and Tannin's in San Juan. Where Jewish deli food fits in that mix is hard to figure, but they still serve it. We can only hope it continues.

          2. I'm a big fan of Benjie's on Tustin Avenue, just north of 17th.

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            1. re: MzMaggie

              Just tried Benjie's this morning. Had the piled high hot thinley sliced Brisket of Beef sandwich on grilled rye bread with muenster (served with coleslaw and FFs). It was excellent. This place has been there since 1967, they must be doing something right. The joint was packed with people in both the lounge and restaurant areas. Was going to try the matzo ball soup on recommendations from CH. But the sandwich won over. Did take home some chicken noodle soup to try later in the day as I'm nursing a moderate cold.

              1. re: MzMaggie

                Benjie's is wonderful. Old school appearance, but great. Love the pickles and the pastrami.

                1. re: Mommy2Bryce

                  Benji's rocks... take out meat, great food, a good behive... and the karokee bar makes it home.