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Harold’s of Edison – each order a deli challenge

Met up with my daughter for an early dinner and catching up on our going’s on.  A midway point from both of us is Edison, NJ.  Plenty of places to go there, but I chose Harold’s Deli as it was featured on Monday Night Football game (go Giants) and I was lusting after some pastrami.

Well, there is nothing done small at Harold’s.  There is nothing done large at Harold’s.  Normal large is the kid’s meal at Harold’s.

While pricey, but not when you consider you will be having the sandwich for 3 days and you can take a good amount of rye bread (a loaf) with you in your to go bag, it was just yummy.    So this is the couple of sandwiches we ordered.  She turkey, me my beloved pastrami.

That is a side order of lettuce and bacon (looks like 1/2 pound) along with our 2 pound of meat sandwiches.  The extra bread is to the right and could not fit in the picture.

The pastrami was very good (needs to be much warmer to be called Hot Pastrami),



but still so the perfect meal with a Dr. Brown’s Diet Black Cherry soda.






My daughter was so hungry and the turkey, bacon, rye bread so good she had three (really 2 1/2) sandwiches.

I had one good size sandwich knowing I would eat the rest over the next two days – yes yes.

Now, as we were leaving we saw this fridge of cakes (no the image is not photoshop-ed at all).  These things are almost two feet tall, never mind the apple pie slice that could not make the picture as it was a foot long and 4 inches high.

My daughter commented that this place is made for giants and the tables should be extra large.  I recommend Harold’s, but come hungry and bring a crowd.









Pastrami – the perfect food and hard to find

I have commented before how my last meal is a hot pastrami on rye sandwich, a black cherry soda and steak fries.  So why is it so hard to find really really good pastrami outside of NYC.  Recently, I went to Attman’s in Baltimore.  

Now to be fair, Attman’s is famous for their corned beef and brisket, not their pastrami.  Well, I am sorry that what they state is New York’s Finest Pastrami, I am afraid is just not up to that standard.  The slices were too thick and it tasted microwaved.  Good rye bread though.

So why is pastrami, good real good pastrami so hard to find and a great hot pastrami limited to NYC.

I was first exposed to this perfect food as a child.  First cut pastrami from the deli, warmed in tin foil on a the stove and then put on wonderful rye bread from Vaccaro’s bakery.

At that time I just thought pastrami was a tasty deli meat.  Oh, how wrong I could be.

Years later I was working in NYC and I went into the Carnegie Deli.  I ordered a pastrami sandwich, the waiter recommended the steak fries and on a whim I ordered black cherry soda.  By fate, I created the perfect meal.

What I thought was just a good deli meat was transformed by the Carnegie into a tender, salty, peppery, smoky succulent – – –

Sorry, I started to dream about the sandwich.

When you add the syrupy sweetness of the black cherry soda that is just nirvana in a meal.  The steak fries, well you need big fries to stand up to a big taste like pastrami and well fries are fries.

Add to Carnegie, the Stage, Katz’s and Second Ave deli’s are just the best in the world.

The only two places outside of NYC that offer good (not great) pastrami are Jackie Cooper’s Deli in Edison, NJ which offers the steak fries and the black cherry soda.  In Portland, Me there is Full Belly Deli that does not offer steak fries, so pass on those.

I will keep looking in other cities, but I will have to return to NYC once a year to have the perfect meal in the homeland of the perfect meal.