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Jun 23, 2011 09:25 PM

Boise Deli Days

Probably the the best chance Treasure Valley hounds will have at getting some authentic Jewish food. Festival ends tomorrow.

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  1. Disagree. I'm done with them, and I would tell people to skip it and wait until they head to a city with a Jewish deli and/or bakery instead of partaking in the ridiculously overpriced goods and mediocre output (in particular their cheap-quality school-lunch sandwiches). I feel bad for people who would think that the food served here is anything approaching a good Jewish deli.

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    1. re: nakni

      Wasn't meant as a recommendation, sorry if it came accross that way. I just put the info out there as it was news to me. Glad you have experience other hounds can use for the next event. Sorry it was as bad as it was for you - I didn't go myself :)

      1. re: enbell

        The Weekly had a photo gallery of the event, and fortunately they took a photo of the menu and prices. $7.50 for cold Cysco meat on cheap market bread! Compare that with what you can get from a $6.50 foot long at Uncle Giuseppe's (that would've been a good A/B comparison photo). Can't they actually schedule an order with a local bakery so the sandwich won't look and taste as cheap? $5.50 for a cheap bagel with a little bit of lox on it? I like how they charged $1 for a pickle when I just got a 3-pound jar of whole kosher dills for $1.88 at Winco.

        I realize they have to deal with a lot of people, but the planning and quality of the food aspect seem secondary to the profit they take from it. As an authentic (deli) experience, it's a failure. I don't get that feeling from some of the other local festivals like the Greek and Russian ones. Maybe someone who has Jewish deli experience and is passionate and concerned enough about the food quality could turn it around, but that's not gonna happen. Next year they'll probably want $8 for those same-quality sandwiches.

        Anyway, it's something I can bitch about around this time every year if it's mentioned! And as previously stated, the locals who have never been to a Jewish deli or bakery have no idea what they're missing, and I hope they don't think Deli Days is like the real deal.

        1. re: nakni

          For an attempt at "New York authentic" have you tried New York Richie's on Glenwood? I drive by often but haven't been curious enough to stop in. Along with the Greek festival, I have to say the the Basque festival is killer. And foe pickles, I just pickles, I just picked up a huge jar of Claussens at Grocery Outlet for three bucks.

          Glenwood Cafe
          311 8th St, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

          1. re: enbell

            Richie's is OK, but it's quite pricey and you can get better elsewhere for cheaper. Here's a review of them I did on Yelp (never thought I'd be Yelping, but the lack of Boise talk here pretty much predicated it): It's the 3-star review.

            1. re: nakni

              Deli Days is a fundraiser for the synagog and we go to support this small community. While the sandwiches are not the best (made the day ahead) some of the baked goods are tasty. Most years I make rugelach for it and think my version is pretty good! They have music and it is a fun community event. Not great deli...but still something I enjoy. Just got back from a trip to Boulder...had poor deli in Boulder but really good in Denver at Zaidy's. Will post on this separately.