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andieb Mar 16, 2011 09:57 AM

Does anyone know the best place to buy pastrami in the Cambridge area? The only place I can come up with is S & S and not sure theirs is good... TIA..

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    Weiszguy RE: andieb Mar 16, 2011 10:59 AM

    The pastrami at Russo's is quite good. Try Formaggio, if you want something closer to home.

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      andieb RE: Weiszguy Mar 16, 2011 12:14 PM

      I checked at Russo's not too long ago and they said they don't sell it.. That would have been my go-to place..

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        MC Slim JB RE: andieb Mar 16, 2011 12:23 PM

        Check again: Russo's has started carrying New York Deli Patrol pastrami, an excellent locally-made product. It's a little leaner than I prefer, but it is very good for retail, way better than Boar's Head or the other typical supermarket brands. I'm mad that my local market stopped carrying it, but I get to Russo's often enough.


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          andieb RE: MC Slim JB Mar 17, 2011 05:32 AM

          Thanks, MC that's great! It may have been longer ago than I thought. You know old age and time ;). Heading over there today, so that will be perfect!

    2. MC Slim JB RE: andieb Mar 16, 2011 11:29 AM

      Retail or restaurant? I can't think of many restaurants in Boston that make their own like Sam Lagrassa's; theirs is head and shoulders above anything I've tried locally. Michael's Deli in Coolidge Corner is respectable, but mind you order it on a roll; their bread is terrible.


      Sam Lagrassa's
      44 Province St, Boston, MA 02108

      Michael's Deli
      256 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

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        andieb RE: MC Slim JB Mar 16, 2011 12:13 PM

        I am actually looking for retail.

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        AndOne RE: andieb Mar 17, 2011 09:56 AM

        Find a place that sells NY Deli Patrol. Boy is that stuff good.

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          andieb RE: AndOne Mar 17, 2011 11:31 AM

          Actually I checked out their website and they do sell their product at Russo's. I will report back..

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            andieb RE: andieb Mar 18, 2011 06:14 AM

            Well I do have to say that the NY Deli Patrol Pastrami from Russo's was delicious! I would highly recommend. As MC said, it's very lean, but the flavor is incredible. And at 10.00/lb not a bad deal..

        2. nsenada RE: andieb Mar 18, 2011 07:20 AM

          I wonder if La Grassa's would sell theirs?

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            9lives RE: nsenada Mar 18, 2011 08:22 AM

            I've bought bulk in the distant past; but was refused lately. I bought it when they were open for breakfast and not particularly busy.

            When I was refused more recently, they suggested I buy a few sandwiches to approximate the weight and they put the bread and mustard on the side. No break in price. I think it comes to a bit more than $10/lb

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              nsenada RE: 9lives Mar 18, 2011 10:48 AM

              Ouch, but not surprising. I'm pretty sure they cure it themselves, and they do go through a lot of it.

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            smtucker RE: andieb Mar 18, 2011 06:41 PM

            I gave up. Finding a good pastrami just wasn't happening, so I made it at home. Soooooo good. But you do have to plan ahead.

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