Pastrami Sandwich Honor Roll


Steamy hot, soft and supple, perfumed by spice and smoke, infused with the dripping succulence of animal fat, pastrami is the most voluptuous of delicatessen meats. Great pastrami sandwiches are found across the USA and in Quebec as pastrami’s north-of-the-border cognate, known as smoked meat. Our Top Ten.


Tat’s Delicatessen

Immense Philly cheese steaks, subs and hoagies, priced right, are Tat's glory. It's a casual Seattle restaurant with the hustle and sass of an East Coast deli.

Must Eats

Johnnie’s Pastrami Restaurant

The menu is varied, but Johnnie's pastrami is the star. Boiled, steamed, then sliced and stuffed into a soft French roll, it's unlike pastrami anywhere else!


Corned Beef Factory Sandwich Shop

A restaurant created by a genuine corned beef factory, this little gem makes great cured-meat sandwiches, plus Italian beef & Chicago hot dogs.


Zingerman’s Deli

Zingerman's of Ann Arbor is one of America's great delicatessens, serving terrific sandwiches made of world-class ingredients on Zingerman's-baked bread.


Famous Fourth Street Delicatessen

A classic kosher-style city delicatessen, 4th Street is famous for huge sandwiches, Jewish comfort food, and chocolate chip cookies. A Philadelphia best!


Harold’s New York Deli

Harold's is a large, brash New Jersey restaurant that serves enormous portions of top-quality pastrami, corned beef, latkes, and all other Jewish deli food.



The best deli sandwiches are made at Katz's on the Lower East Side. It's the grandaddy of urban delicatessens – since 1888, an only-in-New York experience.



The smoked meat of Montreal's Jewish neighborhood is at its best at Schwartz's, where countermen make sandwiches with meat piled impossibly high on good rye.

Snowdon Deli

Snowdon Deli

Snowdon is a full-service deli with great breakfast and some of Montreal's best smoked meat -- radiant with spice, on good rye. Have it fatty, medium, or lean.