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Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen – San Francisco

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen - Mission - San Francisco

The Astronomer and I road tripped to the city by the bay this past President’s Day weekend. While the bulk of our days were filled with catching up with friends and family, we were able to sneak in one food-centric outing: Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen. I love Jewish delis, both old school and new, so I was excited to taste this latest San Francisco treat.

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen - Mission - San Francisco

Evan Bloom and Leo Beckerman, the two guys behind the operation, met in 2003 while studying at UC Berkeley. According to 7x7SF, the two threw a weekly 250-person barbecue for Hillel House, the Jewish student center, which led to a pop-up that eventually graduated into a stand at the Tuesday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. In February of last year, they opened Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen on 24th Street in the Mission.

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen - Mission - San Francisco

The deli is run in fast-casual fashion, with a line snaking out the door most of the time. Since it was our first visit to Wise Sons, we took advantage of the extra few minutes to digest the menu and to make some tough decisions.

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Mile End Sandwich – New York City

Mile End Deli - New York City

Before boarding our flight home to Los Angeles, The Astronomer and I lunched at Mile End Sandwich to get a taste of Noah Bernamoff and Rae Cohen’s Montreal-style Jewish comfort food. The couple, he a Montrealer and she a New Yorker, opened the original Mile End Delicatessen in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn in 2010.

Mile End Deli - New York City

This tidy storefront north of Houston serves an abbreviated menu with over a dozen different sandwiches, seasonal salads, and poutine on offer. We placed our order at the counter and the food was delivered to the table as soon as it was ready.

Mile End, by the way, is the name of Montreal’s historically working-class Jewish quarter.

Mile End Deli - New York City

The “Hot Pastrami Sandwich” ($12), hand-cut Montreal smoked meat served on Orwasher’s rye, could not have looked any more enticing.

The adorably portioned sandwich was stacked tall with thick, tender, beautifully seasoned slices of smoked meat. A touch of mustard kept the protein’s richness in check, bringing balance to the entire creation.

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Katz’s Delicatessen – New York City

Katz's Delicatessen - New York City

I’ve passed by Katz’s Delicatessen dozens of times over the years while striding down Houston toward the East River for a run, but never sat down for a proper pastrami sandwich until my latest jaunt to the big city.

The Astronomer and I, along with our friend Miho, Cousin Jackie, and Jackie’s boyfriend Aaron, descended upon this New York City institution (est. 1888) for an early Saturday dinner. The crowd wasn’t too robust at this hour, which proved to be a good thing for this group of Katz’s newbies because things work a little differently ’round here…

Katz's Delicatessen - New York City

We were each handed a paper ticket as we walked through the front door. The placards hanging from the ceiling directed us to the various ordering counters. There was a separate queue for each course—appetizers, sandwiches, desserts, and drinks. While this somewhat archaic and chaotic ordering system worked fine for us, it was nice to know that there were a few seats reserved in the dining room for full table service if need be.

Katz's Delicatessen - New York City

As soon as I made my way to the front of the line, my sandwich was constructed right before my eyes. Best of all were the scraps of pastrami that the sandwich artist passed my way to make the wait a tastier one. No cash was exchanged at this point—just a scribble on my ticket and I was set to find a seat.

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Cutty’s – Brookline

Cutty's - Brookline, MA

There’s little worse than boarding a flight on an empty stomach, so The Astronomer and I took Steph‘s advice and walked to Cutty’s for an early lunch following our tour of America’s Test Kitchen.

The gourmet sandwich shop is owned by Rachel and Charles Kelsey, Culinary Institute of America grads and Test Kitchen alums. In fact, it was inside the Test Kitchen where Rachel and Charles met, fell in love, and got married. Romance over recipes—what could be better?

Cutty's - Brookline, MA

After years of working to perfect recipes for home cooks, the couple ventured out on their own in a quest to construct the best sandwiches using the best ingredients.

At Cutty’s, meats are all-natural and roasted on-site, eggs and dairy come from small, local farms, and potato chips, salads, pickles, sauces, and sweets are made in-house. Bread is delivered daily by Iggy’s Bread of the World in Cambridge.

Cutty's - Brookline, MA

The thing to order at Cutty’s is their famous “Roast Beef 1000” with crispy shallots, Thousand Island dressing, and sharp cheddar on brioche. Sadly, both The Astronomer and I were reeling from palate fatigue at the tail end of our trip, so we passed on the beef and opted for vegetarian creations instead. Next time!

The Astronomer absolutely adored his “Greens Shallot” sandwich ($7.65) with sautéed Swiss chard, crispy shallots, and saffron yogurt on ciabatta. The deeply caramelized shallots, along with the hefty greens, packed a whole lot of oomph. The creamy saffron yogurt not only tied everything together, but kept our attention bite after bite.

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