for those of you who visit Las Vegas the New York Deli "Stage Deli" has an operation in Caesa’s Forum. they fly their food in daily from NYC and their deli. Pastrami, Corned Beef, Pickles, Cheesecake, Egg Creams ALL FROM THE BIG APPLE. most can’t consume one sandwich. see most folks get a people bag and take 1/2 home.[8D]
I have to order pastrami online as well since I can’t find the real thing here in Arkansas. Can’t do it very often as the online ordering is pricey. I place an order about twice a year when the craving gets strong (I sound like a pastrami vampire). I have tried Barney Greengrass, The Carnegie (now out of business?), and this place in Brooklyn called The Mill Basin Deli http://www.pastrami.net/. There are lots of others. The Mill Basin was definitely the best of the three I tried.
For BT and any other Bay Area roadfooders:
Has anyone tried Saul’s, in Berkeley? On Shattuck Avenue, in the "Gourmet Ghetto," near Chez Panisse, etc. When I lived in Berkeley, and felt homesick for New York, this did the trick. I loved their pickles, and other sides. Granted, I am no pastrami or corned beef expert; when I go to a deli, I usually get the chopped liver, or the whitefish salad. Theirs was excellent. Friends from the east coast who ordered their pastrami and corned beef seemed pretty satisfied.
I found Johnnies to be overrated – although it makes for a great roadfood place. Then again, I got mine to go so maybe I missed out on the experience. The Hat is overrated as well. Lucky Boy in Pasadena (Arroyo Pkwy) is my favorite Pastrami place. Munch on the hot peppers while waiting for your sandwich and you’ll wish you had ordered a second drink. I drive up every time I travel to SoCal. [:p]
Johnnies Culver City awesome plus great pickles served tableside(free). Jukeboxes at your table featuring your favorite foxtrot, waltzes and rumbas [8D]
I finally tried the Carnegie pastrami from Costco tonight. It had so much coriander I couldn’t taste the meat. It was edible, but not worth seeking out.
If you’re referring to San Francisco, I agree. I once tried Moishe’s Pippic corned beef and it was a train wreck.
Vienna Beef was first brought to the west coast(Los Angeles)in the late 70’s by my brother-in-law’s first cousin.
I use to go to a deli in the south end of Boston called The Premier back in the 60s. Those deli workers use to slice all the pastrami with a knife never a slicer it always came out paper thin, man those guys were good. Chow Jim
After 24 years of looking, I have yet to find good pastrami on the west coast. That also goes for good Jewish corned beef (as opposed to the Irish version–I have sometimes found decent renditions of that, mostly in bars on St. Pat’s Day). Both are nearly always too lean (making them relatively tasteless).
I have to say …. Matt didnt introduce Seattle to Vienna Beef products. There were there long before him. But for some reason Seattle and most of the west coast for that matter have been very slow to appreciate a good hot dog. Matt’s timing was good as Seattle now is very cosmopolitan and a lot of midwest and easterners have moved there. Now good dogs are starting to catch on.
Langers Deli on Alverado in LA has the best pastrami in the USA.[:p][:p][:p]
Johnnie’s is good, but not fatty enough. I prefer the pastrami at The Hut. Greg, when next you’re in Orange County, try the pastrami at The Huddle in Anaheim. On Lincoln almost across from the beautiful campus of old Anaheim High.
Gregg, you’re absolutely correct about the saltiness of the LA pastrami. It’s saltier than the saltiest lox I ever ate, but oh so good, especially the pastrami dip with cheese from Johnnie’s. While in Seattle this past summer, I met with Matt, the owner of Matt’s Famous Chili Dogs. Matt’s originally a New Yorker, who’s rapidly expanded his busines over the last two years and introduced Seattle to Vienna Beef products.
Wow, you did do quite a tour when you were out here !!!
My warning to pastrami-hunters in CA is that some can be tasty, but mighty salty.
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