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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Dining Out: A Popup Jewish Delicatessen

Lunch at Wise Sons: Shtetl Toast with Mushroom Barley Soup & Blue Bottle Coffee

Every Saturday morning a coffee shop nearby us transforms into Wise Sons, a Jewish Delicatessen. Now if you remember, I love Jewish Deli and look forward to my weekly visits to Saul's.

Wise Sons is located across the street from Off the Grid at McCoppin. (When a friend told us about a Jewish Deli, we first thought it was part of Off the Grid, and missed the deli. Luckily another friend pointed us in the right direction, and we ate the most amazing food.)

We arrived late for breakfast around 10:45AM and a couple of items were already 86'd, such as the Semite Sandwich and the Grand Schlam. Eggs were 86'd shortly after 11:00AM. We went with Shtetl Toast and Mushroom Barley Soup to begin with.
Shtetl Toast

The Shtetl Toast was covered with schmaltz. I'd never heard of it before. When I asked, it was described as the Italian equivalent of Lardo. I'd wished there were a few more onions and radishes. I loved the taste of the toast with onion, toast, and dill.
Mushroom Barley Soup

The Mushroom Barley Soup was dairy-free, but you'd never know it. The soup was nutty with sweet carrots and earthy mushrooms. I couldn't get enough of it.

Once the sandwich meat arrived, cubes got in line for a Reuben.
Reuben Sandwich

Protip: Wise Sons goes through 150 pounds of meat each Saturday; some days the staff goes home without their own Pastrami sandwich. They begin serving sandwiches at or shortly after 11. People begin queueing up and by 11:10, the line is out the door. If you have your heart set on a particular sandwich, get there early.
The Deli Line Shortly after 11

Credits: All images taken by Eden Hensley Silverstein for Recipes for the Good Life.

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