Paulie's Pickling [San Francisco]
A recent article in Jweekly.com highlighted Paulie's Pickling, a Jewish deli and pickle shop on Cortland Ave. in San Francisco:
Has anyone been? I'm always on the lookout for good Jewish deli food. Thanks!
In recent weeks I've had a chance to try a few things from Paulie's Pickling in Bernal Heights. I liked the chopped liver and the brisket but the problem with both sandwiches turned out to be the bread. The dark rye I ordered for the chopped liver sandwich was stiff and stale. Trying to learn from this, I ordered the brisket on an onion roll. The roll was heated in the warming oven along with brisket and got overbaked and tough on the outside crust. Sigh. It's really a shame as that sandwich could have been killer . . . as it should be for the $11.50 price.
I had better luck with the morning lox and caper cream cheese on a House of Bagels everything. That cream cheese really makes this special. And now that I learned not to trust the bread here, I bought a container of excellent smoked whitefish salad to take home.
I love the spicy pickle spears. My favorite of everything though have been the sodas, made with seltzer and the syrups crafted by Paulie's neighbor. Blueberry shrub, ginger-celerale, and honey-cardamon, all great.