97 Miles to Harold's Deli !

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2008/12/09 23:31:05 (permalink)

97 Miles to Harold's Deli !

I impulsively did a "pastrami run" yesterday!
I "Mapquested" Harold's; the official stats ARE: It's 97 miles from my A.C. condo. "One hour and 38 minutes" And I was craving some good succulent pastrami!

Hey, I figure it's been awhile since we had a report from Harold's!
6 months ago, and it was mine! 7 months ago and it was Bruce and Sue's. We really run neck-in-neck with these Harold's reports.
I figure theirs must be due out tomorrow!!
(I even looked for them in the restaurant; LOL)

HAROLD'S DELI, EDISON, NJ off exit 127, Garden State Parkway

I got seated (but not by Harold this time) (where was Harold??)
and I rushed up to the famous pickle bar..
The HEALTH SALAD was divine. It tastes like they put oil in it.Juicy!

This is what I call "RYE BREAD MOUNTAIN"

Help yourself; take some extra slices in your "doggy bag".
I know I did. I also enjoyed a few slices with butter right there.
Harold expects it. Then you've got fresh (not soggy) bread for your leftover pastrami.

I've had choc. shakes a lot lately, but it's been ages since I've had a CHOCOLATE EGG CREAM. It was good.

Some of you may be wondering, "What's an egg cream?!?"
Go ahead, ask me!!

Here it comes! My PASTRAMI ! It's the regular sized 13 ounce $15.50

Definitely a nice size; I even had some leftovers for breakfast the next day, today, before work.
And I'm having more pastrami for breakfast tomorrow!
My total bill, about $20.00, for the pastrami and the $2.95 egg cream. I thought that was a great deal, plus I left 5 bucks tip.
Go for the pastrami when in Harold's. Lots of other items are crazy priced, like the "just a scoop" tuna platter. But the pastrami is a real good deal, and is their specialty!!!!

www.haroldsfamousdeli.com

Pastrami was nice and soft; real good flavor, but yet a little blander than I prefer. I still rank CARNEGIE #1 (more garlicky flavor on the crust). IRVING'S #2.
Harold's rye bread is much better than either of those places, however. And it has bragging rights to that wonderful rye bread/pickle bar, which helps make it a great overall experience.

And I could'nt resist buying one of the large cookies by the register. $4.00. I love chocolate chip cookies!


As I left Harold's, I asked the cashier "Hey, where's Harold??
Is he at the other location, the new one?"
She replied "Yeah; he's there about 65% of the time now".
(I guess cause that new East Brunswick location has been open only 6 months, and needs more of Harold's TLC.)
(whereas, this Edison location has been open for 11 years, as the cashier told me) Looks like Edison can run itself better.
Still, I miss Harold's steady presence at the Edison location.
There was no Harold to greet me and seat me at the podium this time!

Hey, FOLLOW that TRUCK !!!

Pulling away from Harold's, I took this "overview" shot..

It will help you fellow Roadfooders find the joint when you come to my "ellen turns 50" b-day party !

After Harold's, I made 2 more food stops, hungry or NOT!
I checked out "BOBBY'S BURGER PALACE" (as in Bobby Flay's) outside of the Monmouth Mall, Eatontown, NJ. (report coming!)

Then I checked out JR's, for yet another burger, in West Long Branch.
Charbroiled burger, this time. Enjoyed the flavor much more.

Then a pit stop to see my sis and her family, by Freehold.
Usually I stay a night or 2, but this time just for a few hours.
Worked off some of that MEAT by playing some ping pong matches with my nephew. We both can play a mean game of ping pong!







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    Twinwillow
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    RE: 97 Miles to Harold's Deli ! 2008/12/09 23:51:19 (permalink)
    After looking at those pictures, I can only say, "who needs Katz's"? Ellen, their pastrami looks, "to die for".
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    RE: 97 Miles to Harold's Deli ! 2008/12/10 00:16:51 (permalink)
    989 miles

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Harold's pastrami sandwich appears again in all it's gourmet glory. Jeez, that's just beautiful. Just beautiful.

    I love the ends of the rye bread slathered in butter or I like to fold up pieces of pastrami in them. The Health Salad looks wonderful. Full sour on your plate...You know! The only way to go!

    He is the man! You are the woman!

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    RE: 97 Miles to Harold's Deli ! 2008/12/10 00:53:48 (permalink)
    Wow, Ellen, that pastrami looks like heaven...and that bread !!!! Just give me some butter and a knife and a beer and I'll sit for a few hours in heaven!!!!
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    RE: 97 Miles to Harold's Deli ! 2008/12/10 00:54:53 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Baah Ben


    Full sour on your plate...You know! The only way to go!

    I like a guy who knows a full sour when he sees it!!

    989 miles from Florida to Harold's?!?! Nooooooooooo for the "pastrami run"..
    but YES for the 2 hour plane ride !!!!!
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    RE: 97 Miles to Harold's Deli ! 2008/12/10 07:01:08 (permalink)
    Wow. That place does look good.
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    RE: 97 Miles to Harold's Deli ! 2008/12/10 14:46:50 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by wheregreggeats.com

    Wow. That place does look good.

    It was delicious..

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    RE: 97 Miles to Harold's Deli ! 2008/12/10 17:47:24 (permalink)
    The pickle bar and rye bread make the place, nothing wrong that pastrami either. Another of your great reports Ellen.

    BTW, I remember getting chocolate egg creams at Paduto's candy store on Tremont avenue in the late 40's. They came
    with a pretzel stick to dip in it. Every now and then I'll make them for my grandkids. Will keep the recipe a secret.
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    RE: 97 Miles to Harold's Deli ! 2008/12/10 18:01:00 (permalink)
    ellen4641, You're one of the great Roadfooders.

    Let's see....nothing going on today, I think I'll go to Harold's!

    Poor Baah Ben is in Florida being tortured
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    RE: 97 Miles to Harold's Deli ! 2008/12/10 18:18:31 (permalink)
    Ellen, You are the best. If they had a roadfooder of the year award you would have my vote. Rusty
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    RE: 97 Miles to Harold's Deli ! 2008/12/10 18:45:26 (permalink)
    Me too!!!!
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    ellen4641
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    RE: 97 Miles to Harold's Deli ! 2008/12/10 21:39:15 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by joerogo
    Let's see....nothing going on today, I think I'll go to Harold's!
    Poor Baah Ben is in Florida being tortured

    LMAO !!
    You are too funny, Joe Rogo!
    Yeah, "poor Baah Ben".

    That's pretty much exactly what I said, Joe:
    I thought to myself "I could either mess around on Roadfood.com all day, plus try and straighten my cluttered condo, OR, I could go to HAROLD'S!" The choice was OBVIOUS !
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    RE: 97 Miles to Harold's Deli ! 2008/12/10 21:48:35 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by rpalmer1

    Ellen, You are the best. If they had a roadfooder of the year award you would have my vote. Rusty


    ............. And mine.
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    ellen4641
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    RE: 97 Miles to Harold's Deli ! 2008/12/10 23:59:41 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by John A
    I remember getting chocolate egg creams at Paduto's candy store on Tremont avenue in the late 40's. Every now and then I'll make them for my grandkids. Will keep the recipe a secret.

    I'd kill for that recipe!!
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    ellen4641
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    RE: 97 Miles to Harold's Deli ! 2008/12/11 00:15:02 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Twinwillow

    quote:
    Originally posted by rpalmer1

    Ellen, You are the best. If they had a roadfooder of the year award you would have my vote. Rusty

    ............. And mine.

    And for my "Roadfooder of the year" prize package,
    I'll take the Austin one. It includes round trip air, and deluxe limo service straight to Lockhart, Elgin, and Taylor !
    All the crusty brisket I could handle!

    And they're allowing me one Texas guest of my choice, so you're on, Twinwillow!
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    John A
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    RE: 97 Miles to Harold's Deli ! 2008/12/11 09:04:01 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by ellen4641

    quote:
    Originally posted by John A
    I remember getting chocolate egg creams at Paduto's candy store on Tremont avenue in the late 40's. Every now and then I'll make them for my grandkids. Will keep the recipe a secret.

    I'd kill for that recipe!!


    Oops, I thought you knew. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egg_cream

    Mr. Paduto used fountain syrup and fountain seltzer. The trick was getting him off the phone as he was a bookie. He sold newspapers,old candy,
    and fountain stuff in a store that was no bigger then your living room but it was a front. His son and I were best friends & neighbors in the tenements.

    Don’t forget the stick pretzel for dipping, it's really good.
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    ellen4641
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    RE: 97 Miles to Harold's Deli ! 2008/12/11 11:49:26 (permalink)
    Oh yeah, I knew egg creams were just choc syrup (often it's the Fox's U-Bet brand )
    and seltzer. But I just thought there may have been some magic touch you put on it.

    We had "Herman", the local bookie in Union, NJ while growing up..
    his store was more the size of a kids small bedroom...

    but Herman did'nt sell no egg creams! (unfortunately) just old candy
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    RE: 97 Miles to Harold's Deli ! 2008/12/11 14:53:46 (permalink)
    miss harold loved the sturgeon and eggs for breakfat and their brisket is incredible. harold is one nice guy. my mother was in a nursing home and everytime i went to his place he gave me his matzoh ball soup and would not charge me he would say give this to your mother with a hug from me great food great guy
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