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Prepare to slaver

September 10th, 2005 (05:14 pm)

I am suddenly very hungry.

I ate here occasionally as a kid, always ordering the same thing: the Number One, a pastrami on rye with Russian dressing, tomato and cole slaw, an admittedly heretical combination, especially to those who hold that mustard is the only acceptable pastrami condiment or that a Jewish deli ought to, at the very least, keep kosher with its Number One sandwich, but, heretical as it may be, it's melt-in-your-mouth heavenly here. And it needs to be, for the sandwich arrives at least six inches high in the middle, a heaping pile of pastrami perched precariously on the freshest rye bread, the whole contraption subject to catastrophic collapse if your tooth catches on even the smallest sliver of fat. Which it never does, for this is the best pastrami you'll ever eat, the highest quality beef, seasoned, smoked and steamed just so, a subtle blend of opposing tastes and textures blended to a harmonious whole on your tongue for a few fleeting minutes until you've inhaled the entire thing and look around to be sure no one noticed your gross and completely uncharacteristic display of gluttony.

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Posted by: Mara (marag)
Posted at: September 11th, 2005 01:20 am (UTC)
Avi/Mara OTP 4eva!

(My one quibble: The sandwich described is kosher! Russian dressing and cole slaw are both pareve, at least in the way they're most commonly made.)

::drools:: My neighborhood kosher deli used to make the most fabulous sandwich of hot corned beef, Russian dressing, and cole slaw. It was never on the menu, per se, but on a faded piece of paper stuck to the outside of the deli case. I have no idea what they charged us for this sandwich and I didn't care. Avi and I would stare at the menu, debate our choices, and one of us would always order the hot corned beef. The other would get some inferior sandwich and we'd split them, because we nearly always do.

My neighborhood kosher deli was bought out about a year ago. Their meat selection is better, they get more items from Israel, they now have a very respectable shwarma, and they cleaned up the place.

But no more hot corned beef with dressing and cole slaw.

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