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OC Jewish-style delis??

Just Cid Dec 27, 2005 04:34 PM

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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    kevin RE: Just Cid Dec 27, 2005 04:52 PM

    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.

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      JB RE: Just Cid Dec 27, 2005 05:54 PM

      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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        obscuro RE: JB Dec 27, 2005 06:06 PM

        Has anyone tried Tommy Pastrami in Santa Ana on Harbor?

        Link: http://www.tommypastraminydeli.com/

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          LBQT RE: obscuro Dec 27, 2005 06:45 PM

          Scroll two posts down.

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        wow i'm a dog RE: Just Cid Dec 27, 2005 07:54 PM

        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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          weinstein5 RE: wow i'm a dog Feb 10, 2008 07:25 PM

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

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          Midlife RE: Just Cid Dec 27, 2005 08:58 PM

          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 them.....one 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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            jsl RE: Midlife Dec 27, 2005 11:24 PM

            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.

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              Midlife RE: jsl Jan 13, 2008 12:00 PM

              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.

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            MzMaggie RE: Just Cid Dec 28, 2005 09:55 AM

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

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              crt RE: MzMaggie Jan 13, 2008 10:56 AM

              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.

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                Mommy2Bryce RE: MzMaggie Jan 13, 2008 03:55 PM

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

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                  holy chow RE: Mommy2Bryce Jan 13, 2008 06:27 PM

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

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                crt RE: Just Cid Feb 9, 2008 09:35 AM

                Gotta bring 'OC Jewish-style delis??' back up to the top. Since my last post, have been back to Benjie's twice. This morning I ordered the Chicken Fried Steak (CFS) (w/Gravy) & Eggs breakfast. Bar none, this was the BEST CFS I've ever had. So tender you don't need the steak knife they give you to cut it with. Not one piece, let alone fleck, of gristle in it. Together with an almost wet moistness to it, little chewing is necessary as it almost melts away in your mouth. And don't get me started on the gravy. Just the right thickness. And it didn't get thicker (yuck) as it sat on the piece of CFS as I ate away at it. This was and is the ultimate in comfort food. If you like CFS even a little...you will come away from Benjie's loving it!

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                  Midlife RE: crt Feb 9, 2008 07:02 PM

                  I've always thought Benjie's was a lot better than it gets rated here. Used to go there regularly in the late 80's and early 90's. It's just a bit curious, though, that a
                  'Jewish-style deli' is being reviewed as a great place for Chicken Fried Steak. This New York kid wouldn't put the two together........ although comfort food is comfort food wherever you find it. :o)

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                    profhotsauce RE: Midlife Feb 9, 2008 11:54 PM

                    Benjie's was the place that we used to go to with my grandmother. Afterwards she would buy us treats at Walker's Market (dating myself for sure).

                    This thread makes me want to go back and shed a tear.....

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                      crt RE: profhotsauce Feb 10, 2008 10:05 AM

                      Why shed a tear? Go back...enjoy a great meal at Benjie's...fill your mind with great memories of dining at Benjie's with your grandmother, and smile! If you must shed a tear, though, I hope it's a tear of joy!

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                  ysr_racer RE: Just Cid Apr 18, 2009 04:56 PM

                  Another vote for Benji's. My wife and I eat breakfast there a couple times a month.

                  It's great!!!

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