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Deli in Boulder?

Have checked out the posts for Boulder and it is clear we will have an excellent selection of restaurants. We live in Boise but are transplanted New Yorkers and Midwesterners who miss delis and wondered if there might be one in Boulder? If not...we'll allow enough time before our flight from Denver and stop there.

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  1. Jimmy and Drew's is probably the closest thing to a New York style deli that you'll find here.

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    1. re: LurkerDan

      I still haven't been, but according to David Sax of Save the Deli, J&D is the real deal.

      1. re: tatamagouche

        Jimmy & Drew's has good, authentic deli food but a toned-down version of New Yawk attitude -- which is a good thing or something lacking.

        A newer option is a place called the Yellow Deli on West Pearl. It has taken over a storefront once occupied by Heidi's Brooklyn Deli, a forgettable chain. The Yellow Deli is sort of a chain too -- with locations in Chattanooga, Vermont, California and upstate New York. It has a latter-day hippie ambiance, with ponytailed waiters and psychedelic painting on the walls. It's open 24 hours a day (except on weekends, when it's mostly closed). My husband and I stopped there a few weeks ago near 11 p.m. a weeknight when food options are few an d mostly geared to students.

        My husband had an excellent Rueben and I had a good, fresh salad. We enjoyed the food and the blast-from-the-past atmosphere. I was a little curious but didn't look into the Yellow Deli story. A reporter from the 'Boulder Weekly,' the city's alternative newspaper, did. The Yellow Delis are all run by a group called the Twelve Tribes, which the 'Weekly' said is, ...known for being a sort of hippie Jesus commune, one in which all members live together, have an equal voice, share the work and share the rewards, a community in which no one is rich or poor. They take biblical passages literally..."

        The don't aggressivelyor even actively prostyletize, which IMHO is a good thing. And their Rueben is a good thing too.

        1. re: ClaireWalter

          Yeah, saw that on Westword too...There was a 12-Tribes-run deli, different name, back in the Boston area that was also supposedly quite good—I think they aim to retain that back-to-the-farm hippie wholesomeness, homemade bread, spelt, that kind of stuff.

          1. re: ClaireWalter

            I haven't been to Yellow Deli yet, but noticed that they have a lot of lamb on their sandwich menu. That's pretty unusual around here, and definitely piqued my attention - the breakfast lambwich is definitely on my radar for some morning soon when I don't have time for breakfast at home...

        2. re: LurkerDan

          I can't believe I've never noticed this place before!! thanks for the info. I looked them up online and now realize they must be the place with the guy in a pickle suit standing outside. Funny, I stop at the Asian market and the Indian market but have never even noticed this place.

          I'm going Saturday and regardless of what I order, I'm getting a side of potato pancakes!

          Wheee...

          1. re: MinkeyMonkey

            If you want to be efficient with your pancakes, get the "Jimmy's Favorite" which is basically a reuben on potato pancakes (instead of rye). Since their rye bread is forgettable (which is, sadly, fairly authentic - even the best Jewish delis in NYC tend to have lackluster rye, for some reason. There was an article about it in Saveur a couple of months ago.), you're not missing much, and you're gaining an entire world of flavor (and calories).

            1. re: monopod

              Thanks, I'll definitely try that! I didn't go this weekend because we have a huge potluck feast tomorrow so, next Saturday for yummy deli food!

              Yeah, I'm not much for deli bread but potato pancakes are my favourites....

              ...mmm, mustard, sour cream, jelly...I'll even have some applesauce!

              1. re: MinkeyMonkey

                J&D's also makes the best chicken matzoh ball soup around, unless you happen to have a Jewish mom for a personal chef.

              2. re: monopod

                Oh, so delicious! We finally went to Jimmy and Drews and had the Jimmy's Favourite--reuben on potato pancakes. WOW, it was so good that I ate the whole thing. I don't normally finish all my food because I am tiny but I ate all of this sandwich!

                I found the meat to be less salty than other places. That alone is a plus to me. The kraut had a lovely sour taste unlike some I've tried that just taste like vinegar. The pancakes were very tasty and there were two! I thought it odd to have thousand island dressing on a reuben but I asked for it on the side and had a little bit. It was very tasty but I ate most of the sandwich without the dressing.

                Great suggestion, thank you!

                1. re: MinkeyMonkey

                  Did you find the thousand island dressing odd because you're used to seeing russian dressing, or are you not used to dressing at all? Just curious. I always think of russian dressing as a part of a classic reuben, and thousand island is pretty close. But I've seen places that make them with mustard instead.

                    1. re: monopod

                      I'm not sure I have an understanding of whether or not it should come with or without dressing but, from my own deli experience, I would have expected Russian dressing, not thousand island.

                      I don't usually like any dressing and add my own mustard because I don't like most dressings and I am crazy about mustards, but that is just me.

                      It was tasty, that is for sure!

                      1. re: MinkeyMonkey

                        I wish I weren't so lazy about getting up to Boulder. Gotta get there soon.

                        1. re: MinkeyMonkey

                          Russian dressing and thousand island are pretty much the same, aren't they? While there may be a "classic" version of russian dressing that is different (and I have never had), common russian dressing is the same as 1000 island except without pickle relish, more or less. Unless I am totally missing something.

                          1. re: LurkerDan

                            They are indeed very close. Here's an interesting thread on the subject:

                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/680372

                            Leave it to Chowhound, eh?

                            1. re: tatamagouche

                              Wow. More than I ever wanted to know.

                              I was interested to be reminded that Salsa Golf is basically thousand island dressing; Buenos Ares Pizzeria in Denver puts it on some of their pizzas (along with hard-boiled eggs), and it's strangely good.