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Oct 25, 2011 08:30 PM

Any good Jewish Deli's in the Seattle area?

I have to drive my room mate to Harbor View hosp for testing in Nov. There is no Jewish/kosher deli's in the Tri-Cities area were I live. Some things I can buy and make. Potato knish's I have never made. Any good places to go around Harbor View that won't cost me an arm and a leg for 4 people. I have been to Goldbergs in .Factoria mall. Goldbergs has good food but it is a bit on the spendy side. We are all on limited income. Any ideas?


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  1. The "I Love New York Deli" in the Pike Place Market and at 52nd and Roosevelt NE in Ravenna/University District. I've only had the pastrami, tongue, and pickles, all of which were very good. "Attitude" is a bit less aggressive than in a typical NYC deli, but that's ok.

    I Love New York Deli
    93 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

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    1. re: RandyB

      I am replying to my own post. I've just looked at some other websites' reports on the "I Love New York Deli". Are there two of them in parallel universes that get beamed down to Roosevelt Ave. at different times? Half the reviews echo my experience, with good NY-style deli meats. The portions may not be quite as rediculous as the Carnegie Deli or Katz's, but they were very generous. One Reuben was easily enough for me and my sister to share for a lunch.

      The other half of the reviews trash the place. For example, they complain of skimpy portions or of dry meat. Some of the negatives are the meat is too thinly sliced, others say too thick. Huh?

    2. If it's a knish you seek, I have found knish nirvana in a very strange place.

      There's a stand at the West Seattle Farmers' Market called "hot cakes" that sells some creative sweet stuff (molten chocolate cake in a jar, etc) but forget all that. They sell a thing, a "potato-leek pocket pie," that notwithstanding the goyische name they give it, is the knish of dreams. It tastes exactly like my mother's knish, the knish of my childhood. That's a good thing.

      This is a schlep from Harborview, I know. And it's a $5 snack, not a meal. A closer option for something similar with a somewhat broader spectrum of product and amenities is Piroshky on Madison (near Swedish Hospital.)

      None of the above are actually kosher, however. If you're actually looking for a kosher restaurant, b'hatzlacha. Try

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      1. re: terrier

        I don't keep kosher but I like to go to a kosher restaurant when I can. It is hard to keep kosher when there isn't even a Jewish style restaurant here let alone a kosher one.


        1. re: reble

          one can eat kosher without eating jewish - vegan offerings (not uncommon in seattle) are kosher despite lack of rabbinical certification

      2. Gilbert's Main Street Bagel Deli in Bellevue (10024 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98004) has a great matzo ball soup.

        1. Change of location. The appoiment is at Valley Medical Center in Renton. Any Jewish deli's around there?


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          1. re: reble

            If you're going to be down in Renton, I think Goldberg's is pretty much it.

            Goldberg's Famous Deli & Restaurant
            3924 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue, WA 98006

            1. re: reble

              Or you can turn west on I-90 and go to Stopsky's Delicatessen on Mercer Island. I have only eaten bagels at this point, but they are good.

              Stopsky's Delicatessen
              3016 78th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040

              1. re: tsquare

                The bagel are pretty good, but everything else, not so much...
                Although, I'll admit I haven't been for a few months now.

                1. re: tsquare

                  I was hesitant to mention Stopsky's because the reviews have been so mixed since their opening a few months ago.

                  But today I stopped by and had a pretty good Reuben and a decent bowl of Matzo Ball soup and can say it isn't a bad place at all. The soup could have used a bit more body and salt but was respectable. The pastrami on the Reuben (I had them do both CB and Pastrami for me) was house-cured and very smoky, and not too lean.

                  Was it perfect? No. But they're moving in the right direction and certainly worth a stop.

                  When I think of the alternatives we had when I moved here in 1992 -- that is, none -- I'm grateful that we now have at least three places that are even attempting to be in the genre.

                  1. re: acgold7

                    After finally trying Stopsky's last week I'm not sure trying to be in the genre is enough. I think I'd rather not have Deli food then eat such a poor imitation. What was called fried kreplach bore no resemblance to the traditional and the sandwiches were mediocre to poor.

                    1. re: FoodDee

                      Thhe pastrami I ate at Stopskys was horrible. Tough and salty with no smoke flavor.

                      1. re: dagrassroots

                        Stopsky's really does have some frustrating swings up and down; it's one of the most inconsisent restaurants I've ever frequented. Sometimes the pastrami is like what you describe; other times it is much better. I only go sometimes because of the otherwise miserable options on Mercer Island where I work.

                        1. re: equinoise

                          I thought the bagels there were pretty good.

                    2. re: acgold7

                      I totally agree that we should be happy to have a Stopsky's-like place around here, FINALLY. I grew up in a super Jewish neighborhood in LA and had amazing deli food weekly. I was so so so so so (many many 'so's) excited when I heard about Stopsky's - I've been complaining about the lack of decent matzo ball soup or pastrami or a knish since I moved here in the 90s. I finally went, and... "Meh." It was fine, really, but just fine. The matzo ball soup was thin and needed salt, badly. The pastrami was underseasoned, too. It was decent, texturally, with a good amount of fat, but still was a tad dry. The pickles were lacking flavor and crispness. I didn't try anything else, and need to go back for some potato pancakes to see how they stack up. I also need to drag my also-relocated mom there and see how she compares it to our old Roll n Rye exploits in Culver City. I want it to be great, and it just wasn't on the day I was there.

                      1. re: kerrywa

                        Was far from great on the day we went also - truly can't see a reason to go back.

                        1. re: kerrywa

                          I know your post dates back to 2012, but I just wanted to say that we moved to the pnw, Portland, OR specifically 10 years ago from Culver City. I have been going to Roll & Rye since I was a little girl when Rita Zide's parents ran it and she was a young girl! Nothing compares to Roll & Rye!!! Small world!


                    1. re: NYPORK

                      Try Eats in West Seattle, the best Matzoh ball soup, and a very good Reuben. Not a deli, but some of the best items to be found in the Puget Sound area.

                      Bagel Oasis, for good bagels, go early in the day for the freshest.