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Really Big Day

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 1:15 pm
by Barry
A new Jewish deli has finally opened in Philly's famed Reading Terminal Market just a couple blocks from where I live. Watching the guy behind the counter hand-carve the wonderful pastrami was as close as I may ever come to having a religious experience.

On the down side, I'm going to be tempted to go there way more often than any person who cares even remotely about his weight should.

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 1:20 pm
by jbuck919
I gather, Barry, that you do not have a high opinion about the new hot pastrami sub at Subway (I found it adequate, and yes I did have it with mustard).

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 1:27 pm
by Barry
jbuck919 wrote:I gather, Barry, that you do not have a high opinion about the new hot pastrami sub at Subway (I found it adequate, and yes I did have it with mustard).
You're almost certainly right, John. But I'll never know for sure since you couldn't pay me to eat at a Subway or Quiznos in the city of the cheesesteak and hoagie (and now good Jewish deli). Quiznos makes a brisket sandwich that I'll also never be trying.

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 1:29 pm
by Ted
John Wrote:
I gather, Barry, that you do not have a high opinion about the new hot pastrami sub at Subway
I can speak for Barry on this....No, John he does not have a high opinion of the pastrami at Subway :roll:

Edited to include: See, I told you I could speak for him

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 1:30 pm
by Barry
Ted wrote:John Wrote:
I gather, Barry, that you do not have a high opinion about the new hot pastrami sub at Subway
I can speak for Barry on this....No, John he does not have a high opinion of the pastrami at Subway :roll:
And I'll wager that Ted and I are of one mind, on this issue at least :wink: .

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 1:33 pm
by Ted
See above Barry, we posted at the same time...What do you expect from John, he's still looking for Sealtest Ice Cream :wink:

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 1:58 pm
by Ralph
Barry,

Is the place kosher or can you get a milkshake to go with the pastrami?

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 2:30 pm
by Ted
Ralph Writes:
Is the place kosher or can you get a milkshake to go with the pastrami?
Why would you want a milkshake with Pastrami? :roll:

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 2:34 pm
by Barry
Ted wrote:Ralph Writes:
Is the place kosher or can you get a milkshake to go with the pastrami?
Why would you want a milkshake with Pastrami? :roll:
Yeah. I'm not sure I can ever recall having a shake with a pastrami or corned beef sandwich. I think the place serves egg creams, but no shakes.

However, it's part of the Reading Terminal, an indoor combination farmer's market and foodcourt that is justly famous. And within the Terminal there are a couple ice cream stands. So it's just a matter of walking over an aisle or two if you want a shake with your sandwich.

www.readingterminalmarket.org

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 2:41 pm
by jbuck919
Ralph wrote:Barry,

Is the place kosher or can you get a milkshake to go with the pastrami?
Does it make any difference when you can have a Diet Coke?

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 2:48 pm
by Barry
I went with a diet Dr. Brown's Black Cherry. It accompanied the pastrami perfectly.

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 3:10 pm
by jbuck919
Barry Z wrote:I went with a diet Dr. Brown's Black Cherry. It accompanied the pastrami perfectly.
Any place that has diet soda other than cola is my kind of place.

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 3:56 pm
by Barry
jbuck919 wrote:
Barry Z wrote:I went with a diet Dr. Brown's Black Cherry. It accompanied the pastrami perfectly.
Any place that has diet soda other than cola is my kind of place.
Ain't that the truth! I'm always excited when I can find a good caffine-free diet soda while dining out (root beer, ginger ale, fresca, black cherry.......all good options).

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 7:25 pm
by Gary
Barry Z wrote:Dr. Brown
Is that a regional drink?

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 11:19 pm
by Barry
Gary wrote:
Barry Z wrote:Dr. Brown
Is that a regional drink?
I'm not sure. It seems to be the soda of Jewish delis, at least on the east coast. Most of them carry it.

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 11:26 pm
by Ralph
Dr. Brown's soda is distributed in major cities but it started in New York and the biggest sales are here. Their most famous flavor is creme soda, available in regular and diet. They also offer regular and diet black cherry soda, a great drink.

Their weirdest flavor, which I doubt is sold outside Jewish delis and kosher restaurants, is Cel-Ray, a soda made with...yep, celery. My son really likes it.

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 11:51 pm
by Stonebraker
For the record, hoagies, or sandwiches of any sort, from philadelphia are generally terrible. Just like the people who inhabit the city of Philadelphia. What a bunch of terrible sports fans and human beings they all are. Obviously, i don't mean 100% of people from philadelphia are trash; the actual percentage is probably closer to 96-98%
Ralph wrote: Their weirdest flavor, which I doubt is sold outside Jewish delis and kosher restaurants, is Cel-Ray, a soda made with...yep, celery. My son really likes it.
If my memory serves me, the flavoring is not actually celery.

Pair Cel-Ray with a hoagie from philly, and you've got the worst meal imaginable.

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 5:52 am
by Gary
Is it my imagination, or was there a drink called "Zippy Cola"?

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 6:57 am
by Ricordanza
Stonebraker wrote:For the record, hoagies, or sandwiches of any sort, from philadelphia are generally terrible. Just like the people who inhabit the city of Philadelphia. What a bunch of terrible sports fans and human beings they all are. Obviously, i don't mean 100% of people from philadelphia are trash; the actual percentage is probably closer to 96-98%?
And I suppose you're from an area with superior food and superior people??? Where would that be?