628 NW 23rd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97210
503-242-1027 | Fax: 503-242-1027
Hours: M-F: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sat & Sun: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Lunch money: $$-$$$
Oh, the New York City-style deli dilemmaâ€¦. Itâ€™s seems to be a rather important argument here in Portland. Yep, weâ€™ve got Kenny & Zukeâ€™s and their offshoot SandwichWorks, we sorta still have Roseâ€™sâ€¦thenâ€¦ummmmm?
So while we were walking around doing some sunny afternoon shopping on NW 23rd we happened upon Kornblattâ€™s Deli and promptly decided to give it a try. Having firsthand knowledge of the delicious true NYC deli experience and having visited Kenny & Zukeâ€™s on a number of occasions, with only so-so results, we werenâ€™t going to hold our breathe about Kornblattâ€™s. It could easily be hit or miss.
The first thing we noticed at Kornblattâ€™s was the massive number of menu offering on the equally massive-sized menu. Not just your usual corned beef, pastrami and bagels with cream cheese and lox, Kornblattâ€™s offers a wide arrange of breakfast, lunch and dinner optionsâ€”and the full menu is available all day! Score one for Kornblattâ€™s!
Our lunchtime pal warned us that the popular Empire State Sandwiches were â€œbigger than your mouth can handleâ€ (and the menu warns â€œno wimpy appetites allowedâ€), so we decided to try something a tad lighter.
Since the bagel options take up an entire page of the menu, we decided that would be the more reasonable route weâ€™d go for. We decided on the Salami Tires (salami, deli mustard and provolone) on a garlic bagel. This is one of Kornblattâ€™s Hot Top bagel sandwiches, served open-faced and with the melt-y cheese broiled to perfection. It turned out to be the perfect sandwich size for lunch. The bagel was garlicky and chewy, the salami was tangy, the provolone was smoky and the deli mustard was spicy and seedy. The side dish we opted for, the coleslaw, was fresh and crunchy, but a little on the mild, watery side.
Verdict: delish! Continue reading Review: Kornblatt’s Deli (NW Portland)