Appetite: 3 delectable pastrami sandwiches

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Can't get enough of that Buttercup
PHOTO BY VIRGINIA MILLER

Who says you can't get a proper pastrami sandwich in the Bay Area? Granted, that's one of the things I miss most from days growing up in Jersey when my Dad would take us to the city for pastrami at Carnegie Deli. You have to hunt here but there are a few gems, besides classic Miller's East Coast Deli. P.S. I'm wishing Orson would bring back its unparalleled pastrami and kraut pizza.

Morty's Deli
Long a sandwich favorite of mine, the Tenderloin's Morty's keeps it real, East Coast style, with an array of sandwiches so good, it was no surprise when word eventually got out and the days of a quiet lunch here (I remember them) were long past. Though it's not open weekends, it's a worthy lunch destination (or regular stop for the Civic Center set), especially for their rockin' Reuben ($7.50), with pastrami, of course, sauerkraut, melting, oozy Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing on rye. They even have a Soy Rueben ($6.75) if you can't do meat. It's not an unrealistically huge sandwich, and it's as comforting as it gets.
Mon-Thu, 8am-8pm; Fri 8am-6pm
280 Golden Gate, SF
(415) 567-3354
www.mortysdeli.com

Buttercup Grill
Buttercup Grill takes a non-descript, 70's-looking diner in downtown Oakland and infuses it with home-cooked love, especially in decadent (and cheap - under $4 for most hefty slices) peanut butter pie or signature upside down apple pie... recipes of owner, Debbie Shahvar. As far as pastrami sandwiches go, they make a traditional version loaded with fragrant meat and the light crisp of toasted rye bread. Accompanying sides of coleslaw and potato salad make it one nostalgic East Coast meal.
229 Broadway, Oakl.
(510) 444-2976
www.buttercupgrillandbar.com

The Kitchen Table's kosher delight. Photo by Virginia Miller.

The Kitchen Table
I have some serious service and pricing issues with Mountain View’s The Kitchen Table (see my Perfect Spot write-up). That being said, maybe you should order one to go next time you're down in the South Bay. The kosher, upscale restaurant does a pastrami ($12 plus $1-$6 for add-ons like sauerkraut or Fresno chilis) unlike the other two I listed. The meat is shaved paper-thin and you're about ready to balk at price vs. size. This is no authentic East Coast pastrami. But as the folds of meat melt in your mouth within house-made sourdough rye bread, you start to rethink the classic sandwich. Who knew pastrami could taste so light, even airy, yet blissfully meaty?
142 Castro Street, Mountain View
650-390-9388
www.thekitchentablerestaurant.com

Visit Virginia's site: www.theperfectspotsf.com

Comments

I miss Katz' deli and Carnegie so I'm glad you wrote on this beat. Now I can venture east, south, or stay here in the city and be well fed. What about matzah ball soup?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 08, 2010 @ 8:59 pm

They even have a Soy Rueben ($6.75) if you can't do meat.

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Well call it what it is: dead animal.

It's not that I *can't* do dead animal. I choose not to do dead animal because I feel that an animal should not have to give up its life so that I can have a meal. I mean, I wouldn't eat my cat or dog, would you? So how it any different? In addition, I find "meat" disgusting...just the look of it and all that blood/grease running all over the plate into one's mash potatoes. Ugh.

I know many self-described "progressives" eat dead animals and think nothing of it. But our hospitals, medical centers, coronary units, medical clinics and doctor's offices are not full of vegetarians or vegans. Most people from an early age have been programmed to eat dead animal and one has to want to stop eating dead animal and for the many reasons that it is not good for one's health or the environment/planet before one will stop doing so. Or, unless one is forced to change one's diet from orders from some MD after a person has a major heart attack. I do know of one well-known person locally who became a vegan after being diagnosed with prostate cancer and being a vegan has helped the person considerably. The person has worked with Dr Dean Ornish at UCSF and has not had a need for prostate surgery, to my knowledge.

The number of real, true progressives on the planet is probably less than 1%. Most so-called "progressives" are progressive in name only, from my experience. Their definition of progressive is: doing a little bit of recycling on occasion and voting for any piece of garbage with a D behind their name. Meanwhile, they drive around in SUVs, go to malls and big corporate box stores and spend their money on stuff made in China. That's the extent of being a "progressive" to many (if not most) progressives, from my experience. People call themselves anything these days whether it has any basis in reality or not.

Posted by Sam on Apr. 07, 2010 @ 9:12 pm

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