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Best jewish deli in Dallas?

  • Veggo May 23, 2011 04:58 PM
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Month two and I'm doing great with classic mexican, cheese shops, sushi leads. Now I need a shmaltzy chicken liver and good, slightly fatty pastrami on seeded rye. Talk to me!

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  1. Others may differ but, take it from a yid from NYC, Deli-News!
    South/east corner Preston Road at Campbell Road.

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    1. re: twinwillow

      Your cred is already good with me - and it just went up a couple more notches! A fun web site they have, definitely on my list for a #4 triple decker and my Sunday sudoku! Thanks, twin.

      1. re: Veggo

        And, the best "Nova" in Dallas, too!

        1. re: twinwillow

          That will be Saturday.

    2. There are things I like at both but I will definitely take the chopped liver and pastrami at Gio's Cafe and NY Deli at Preston and 635 over the ones served at Deli News.

      Deli News
      17062 Preston Rd Ste 100, Dallas, TX 75248

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      1. re: snatex

        Respectfully, I totally disagree with you about the dry, tasteless pastrami served at Gio's. It was the worst I ever ate. Although, I have heard good things about their matzoh ball soup and chicken liver.
        Btw, if Veggo likes poppy seed Danish, he'll love the ones they sell at Deli-News. As well as all their NY style baked offerings.
        The OP needs to try both places and thus find what works best for him at each of these two delis.

        1. re: twinwillow

          Now you are making it tough for me, as a protestant-danish-mexican jew! But such wonderful options, oy vey iz mir...

          1. re: Veggo

            Eat the same thing at both deli's and see for yourself which deli serves it, "your way". Then you'll know where to go for what.
            I'm most anxious to see your reports.

            1. re: twinwillow

              I had my fix of pastrami and chopped liver on rye this noon, at Deli News. Wonderful ingredients - pastrami was moist, correct lean-fat content, above room temp, almost a sweet taste. Good chicken liver w/ soft shmaltz, on fresh rye. Great $10 sandwich, but it cost $14. Small diameter bread.

              I am accustomed to having to make a Hobson's choice after finishing the first half of this sandwich at great American jewish deli's, as to whether to attack the second half, or doggy-bag it. In many restos, half is plenty, so the bag is an easy call. I brought a small cooler with ice in anticipation of take-home, but candidly the delicious sandwich was diminutive relative to it's counterparts elsewhere.

              So I scarfed down the second half, and bought the nova salmon you recommended so I had something for the cooler.

              Second mission is a work in progress.

              Deli News
              17062 Preston Rd Ste 100, Dallas, TX 75248

              1. re: Veggo

                How does it compare to Cantner's?

                1. re: Scagnetti

                  That's a new one for my list, with Gio's and NY Deli. Which is your favorite? I'm plotting my breakfast with Deli News nova at the moment.

                  Deli News
                  17062 Preston Rd Ste 100, Dallas, TX 75248

                  1. re: Veggo

                    Nu? So how was the Nova?

                    1. re: twinwillow

                      The nova is excellent, and I have enough for several more days. I did another cheese run at Sigels yesterday also, but I can't quite figure out a good pairing with the nova for a happy hour appetizer. Ideas other than cream cheese?

                  2. re: Scagnetti

                    @Scagnetti: LOL! NOTHING compares to Cantor's! We used to live nearby in West Hollywood back in the mid-sixties. And because we thought the Nate N' Al's crowd was too "snotty", we'd go to Canter's. The food was real "hamisha". We especially loved the 3:00 AM crowd back then. What a hoot LA was back in the mid-sixties!

                    1. re: twinwillow

                      I spent 8 years in Denver, where the New York Deli News has a pastrami & chopped liver on rye for 11 bucks that you would not want to drop on your foot! For my one year in Manhattan I was of course spoiled by the genuine articles there.

            2. re: twinwillow

              I had the pastrami at Gio's and thought it was great. Moist and tender, not rubbery, and not too fatty.

            3. re: snatex

              I am so sad to report that Gio's has closed (I am certain due to the terrible construction nightmare at 635 and Preston). As a native NY'er, they were definitely my favorite around DFW. Never have been a fan of Cyndi's or Deli News in particular. They are just "meh" to me.

              I will have to check out Carshon's next time I am in the FW area. Thanks for recommending!

            4. If you. Have eaten in a deli back east or LA than the answer is no. There are no deli's like that in. The Dallas area. Sorry.

              1. In the Fort Worth area of Dallas :D, Carshon's is pretty good. Their pastrami has gotten good reviews from New Yorkers I've taken there.

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                1. re: foiegras

                  Thanks I have not tried Carson's have not gone to Ft Worth yet.

                2. I was pleasantly surprised to find chopped liver at Central Market. You may want to give it a try and see how you like it.


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                    1. re: WALLINGFORD

                      In no way can you compare Cindy's to the far superior Deli-News. The only true Jewish, NY style deli in Dallas.

                      1. re: twinwillow

                        what items are you comparing specifically, i am a real pastrami lover usually go to Kenny and Ziggys in Houston. But when I cannot get there Cindys seems to do the trick. So tell me which items you recommend, I have been to Deli news and was NOT impressed, maybe they have gotten better, new owners, vendor suppliers etc... I am originally from Chicago and my palette is very much in tune with good deli food. But...I am willing to concede if I am wrong.

                        1. re: WALLINGFORD

                          My favorite at Deli News has been pastrami and chopped liver on seeded rye. Sometimes smoked salmon to go.

                          1. re: WALLINGFORD

                            Unfortunately, Kenny And Ziggy's are not in Dallas. I wish they were. Being from Chicago explains why you're not impressed with Deli-News. They're a NY style deli. Chicago deli and NY deli might as well be from two different planets.

                            Just like Chicago hot dogs and NY hot dogs, Both very good but, both very different.

                            We all like to eat the foods that we grew up eating the best.

                      2. they may be worlds apart for how they concoct their fare, but both are deeeeelicious. Chopped liver is chopped liver, i love it all. The pastrami is the thing that makes the decision for me. I am so sorry it needs FAT!!! I have so many flavors and memories in my head and mouth and nose, just thinking about those drives me crazy living here. Everybody makes it, but they Texanise it, YUK!!! Keep it real folks that is why we look for and crave it.