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Feb 7, 2014 02:10 PM

Kosher/Jewish deli in Columbus?

I'm looking for a deli in Columbus that sells smoked whitefish salad, smoked sable, etc. Any recommendations?

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  1. I assume you are referring to Columbus OH - there really is not much - here is a list of what is kosher -

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    1. re: weinstein5

      Yes, Ohio! I didn't even think about if there were other Columbuses :)

    2. I don't know any places in Columbus. But what you're looking for is an appetizing store, not a deli. A deli sells meat, an appetizing store sells fish and dairy. I don't know if that will help you find a store, but if you search for the right thing it might help a little.

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      1. re: avitrek


        Non-kosher places that sell both are usually called delis. Appetizing is relatively unknown outside NYC.

        1. re: avitrek

          Thanks for the terminology lesson. I feel so out of touch with the larger Jewish community growing up in KY.

        2. Try the Krogers on East Broad, less than half a mile east of Stetzer/James.

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          1. re: zsero

            Thanks! That's where we ended up going. They had the salad I was looking for.

            1. re: Bonniexx

              Costco if there is one in Columbus. But it will be in huge containers.

              PS Never heard the term appetizing used as a type of store except from my (Brooklyn NY born) husband. I assumed he was making a mistake when I first heard him say it. He also calls ground beef "chop meat" and calls shopping carts "wagons."

              1. re: SoCal Mother

                Chop meat is a ny thing?! I thought it was called that everywhere

                1. re: cheesecake17

                  "Chopped meat" might be used in more places. "Chop meat" is not used outside of NYC, in my experience.

                  1. re: cheesecake17

                    I never heard the term "chop meat" (or even "chopped meat") used until I spent time with people from New York. It was always "hamburger" in the midwest.

                    And I also thought the use of "appetizing" in some (east coast) ads was a mistake, and had no idea what that term meant.

                  2. re: SoCal Mother

                    I speak using the same words as your husband. I was born and raised in Connecticut, father from Brooklyn, mother and siblings from the Bronx.
                    To this day I am accused of having a NY accent, or being from NY.
                    In New Haven, the last of the kosher appetizing stores morphed into a kosher deli that sold bith meat and dairy in the mid 1960s. Out of town, it is/was (when there were kosher delis) common to have both meat and dairy in a kosher deli at separate counters. BUT a city with 35000Jews went from 10 kosher delis to none by 2005. Instead, the major suoermarkets carry the Hebrew National line and have dedicated kosher slicers, packaged smoked fish and in stire bakeries under kosher supervision. The independent kosher deli can not survive.

                    The packaged smoked whitefish salad (Acme) is availabel in major supermarkets throughout New England.

                    Back in the day sable wouldn't have been availabel at a kosher appetizing store, only in a place such as Russ and daughters which catered to Jews but wasn't kosher.

                    BTW>>>my grandmother always made chop meat (neck and skirt) for hamburgers. She made it in a wooden bowl with a hochmesser. Chop meat is what my parents and I call ground beef, but originally it wasn't put through a grinder.

                    1. re: bagelman01

                      I'm confused. Why would't a kosher store carry sable? It's on every kosher list I see.

                      1. re: avitrek

                        Yeah, I know there is concern about sturgeon but I'm not familiar with any for sable. Thank G-d.

                        1. re: avitrek

                          back in the 50s and 60s (and even earlier) there were multiple fishes sold in the American marketplace as sable. Not all were kosher. The kosher appetizing stores avoided the problem by not carrying sable at all.
                          In those days, the delis and butchers might have a Hechsher from a local rabbi with a card in the window, but appetizing usually was just sold under the 'good name' of the proprietor.

                          1. re: bagelman01

                            Thinking about the appetizing stores in NYC, Barney Greengrass, Russ & Daughters, Murray's, etc... i think that's still the case. With the difference being most Orthodox Jews will no longer trust just the "good name".

                            1. re: avitrek

                              Russ and Daughters was never a kosher establishment. In fact Mr. Russ split with his original partner/brother-in-law IIRC because partner wanted sabbath observance and no non-kosher fish sold..................

                              1. re: bagelman01

                                Recently read the Russ & daughters book- very interesting

                                1. re: cheesecake17

                                  I also read it last month. About ten years ago I sold them their phone system and spent some time in the store....problem was I don't eat appetizing.

                                  1. re: bagelman01

                                    That's awesome! I don't eat appetizing either, but I loved the story of the store. E

                  3. "Goodbye, Columbus"

                    I couldn't resist.................