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New Deli in Middletown CT

Heard of a new Deli in Middletown (something) Pickles on Main St. Any hounds have a report. Kattyeye this is your area have you been? Thanks....

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  1. I had a disappointing pastrami sandwich there and have no plans to return, sad to say.

    Now, if you want awesomeness in a pastrami sandwich in Middlesex County, head for Old Saybrook and enjoy one at Saybrook Soup & Sandwich Company. I would KILL for a place like that in M'town, no kidding. We have nothing like it and a place like that would thrive here. Anybody listenin'?

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    1. re: kattyeyes

      Thanks for the input. I live in Old Saybrook and Saybrook Soup & Sandwich is a favorite. Their roast pork is outta sight. I sure miss Rudy's though..........

      1. re: jdgall

        Ohgawd, yes! Though I've yet to have any form of meat at SS&SC that I didn't like. You are so lucky!

        I hear you re Ruby's, formerly WOW for "with or without" a million years ago when I walked across town after school. You do know (right?) that same man serves up pastrami sandwiches at his daughter's ice cream store in Wethersfield, right? Not all year, though. I'll find that info for ya, jussec!

        1. re: kattyeyes

          Here's info on Main Street Creamery, where the Ruby's folks went:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5850...

          Sonny is great and I loved having Ruby's here in M'town, but for my money and travel time, I'd rather road trip to Katz's in Woodbridge. Take a look at WHY:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5850...

          And bagelman will fight me on it (it's one of our standing food feuds, right, guy?), but I really love the mushroom barley soup at Katz's and we sure have the right weather for it now!

          1. re: kattyeyes

            Katty...you know I love you anyway. BUT..I think Katz's is the home of salt soup. Did have some decent cebter cut tongue from there last week (takeout), I supplied my own rye bread as the mush they serve is an insult to real rye bread.

            My older brother swears by their clam chowder, buying several quarts at a time to take home.

            I also had very good tongue and mushroom barley soup at Rye Ridge Deli on High Rodge Road in Stamford two weeks ago. BUT my wife found their turkey to be tough and tasteless. Their pastrami (on the combination sandwich with the tongue) was very moist and flavorful and had had all the excess fat trimmed off before assembling the sandwich. The combination Tongue and Pastrami with cole slaw at $12.99 was a bargain (Fairfield County prices as a reference).

            1. re: bagelman01

              LOL, coupons not valid in FFD County. ;)

            2. re: kattyeyes

              No one mentioned, so I'll share here--Katz's in Woodbridge expanded (in July, so I was told when I asked). It's now two storefronts' worth of delicious food with a bakery, too. I brought home a half pound of rugelach (apricot and raspberry), they're OUTSTANDING. They sell muffins and bagels, too, FYI.

              The new digs are very pleasant. It's like a bright, spiffy diner with 50s music playing. And the hits just keep on comin', as they say...AHM NOM NOM!

              1. re: kattyeyes

                Katty....
                It's time to trash Katz's again!

                My wife and MIL were there for lunch today at my MIL's insistence.

                Wife ordered matzo ball soup which was excellent and a salad with shrimp. The shrimp were hot and inedible. She could not chew them. It seems that someone took cooked shrimp, possibly frozen, tossed them in the microwave and stuck them on top of the salad. The waitress apologized and took it away and wife ordered a kasha knish instead. 10 minutes later no knish, but an obnoxious manager (owner?) named Steve showed up at the table and proceeded to berate my wife in public for turning away the inedible food. He told her that others ate it and didn't complain. Maybe their shrimp wasn't unchewable? Wife asked why it was now 10 minutes and no knish? Steve announced, it's only 6 minutes, and I think you should leave. All this in front of other tables and paople my MIL knows (she like myself is a New Haven native). Wife said, I'll leave, but I'm never coming back and I'll make sure that other's find out about your terrible attitude as well as bad food.

                So, this worthless lout, Steve, PO'd my wife, lost her monthly business (MIL insists) and MIL's business including her takeout orders AND will be getting bad press he deserves on this and other forums.

                Now my wife can no longer try to guilt me into taking MIL there, I never have to return to Katz's Deli.

                1. re: bagelman01

                  Gawd, you're brutal, bagelmeister. Why, oh why, would one order shrimp at Katz's in the first place? Oh, right, because you think their mushroom barley soup is too salty and I don't think you like the pastrami. I dunno, man. I'm sorry you had such a crappy time, but it never mirrors any of the dozen or so experiences I've had there.

                  In fact, I was just craving their rugelach today. Maybe I'll ask for Steve next time I go just to up the excitement factor. ;)

                  1. re: kattyeyes

                    Katty.........
                    NOT me, I wasn't there.
                    I'm reporting wife's experience 12/18

                    1. re: bagelman01

                      I think that makes you an accessory to brutal, then.