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joerogo

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Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Thu, 04/30/09 9:32 PM (permalink)
Harold is the owner of Harold's Famous Deli in Edison, NJ.
 
My Buddy Baah Ben is visiting family in North Jersey, perfect time for a Harold's meet-up.  Baah Ben and I will both provide text for this trip report.
 
Baah Ben: We met in Edison at Harold's ONLY place right now. Yes, Harold was there in all his glory. The place was not crowded at 1:00 PM. Service was excellent. The place was very, very clean. The salad bar with its excellent slaw, pickles (half sours and sours), rye bread slices, health salad and kraut was a sight to behold. 
 
joerogo: What a pleasure it was to finally meet Baah Ben in person. Baah Ben and Harold knew each other from past business dealings. BB's business was designing and installing commercial kitchens. Here is BB and Harold getting reacquainted.

Here are some shots at the salad/pickle bar. Loads of rye bread.
 

 
The health or claremont salad was my favorite.
 

 
The pickles were excellent.
 

 
Baah Ben: I ordered a rather mundane pastrami ($15 - 13 oz) on rye.
 


 
Baah Ben: But Joe....Joe, had a problem...He just loved potato knishes; something not available in the hills of Pennsylvania. He loved pastrami..He also loved corned beef..So, what's a guy to do? Oh, he also liked a little swiss cheese...

Leave it to Harold to solve Joe's problem. He had a menu item to fulfill Joe's desire even though it was $45! Harold sent over a bottle of wine as a thank you to Joe..(Just kidding) It was a mountain of meat (had to be 3 lbs of meat) sitting on top of G-D knows how many potato knishes and covered in melted swiss. I've never seen anything like it. Joe stepped up to the plate and actually made a dent in this massive menu offering! 
 
joerogo: Now in my own defense, I ordered this before at Harold's in Lyndhurst and it was half the size of this monstrosity.

Here it is, billed as Harold's Favorite. Corned beef and pastrami on potato knish with melted swiss cheese.
 

 
The meat was excellent, juicy and tender. And the knish was fabulous.
 

 
This is as far as I got. The rest will be tonights dinner, and maybe tomorrows lunch also.
 

 
Baah Ben: The meats were all very,very good. I literally made 4 sandwiches from my one. I have no idea how many people Joe fed in his town when he returned. Joe, how many people ate from your left overs? 
 
joerogo: No bread for me please, I'm watching what I eat. I'll let you know is the leftovers make it past tonights supper.

Here are our final pictures, me and the take home bags.
 


 
RogFood: BB and I had a great time. He spent some time in NYC with Billyboy and is heading to Philly for his first authentic cheesesteak.

Have a safe trip back to Florida BB.
<message edited by joerogo on Thu, 04/30/09 9:51 PM>
 
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    Nancypalooza

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    Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Thu, 04/30/09 10:16 PM (permalink)
    Jiminy christmas Joe.  You'll be eating that thing for a week.  So are the half-sours greener because they're less pickled?
     
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      ScreamingChicken

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      Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Fri, 05/1/09 9:22 AM (permalink)
      Looks like Harold's Favorite could feed a family of 4...the only possible improvement I can think of is to put the whole thing between some big slices of rye!

      Brad
       
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        agnesrob

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        Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Fri, 05/1/09 9:28 AM (permalink)
        I can't believe I've never been to Harold's. Those pictures are incredible! I'm definately going!
         
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          mar52

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          Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Fri, 05/1/09 9:51 AM (permalink)
          WOW!  I've never seen anything like that.

          Using a potato knish as a base for a mountain?

          All I can eat half (new) done pickles?

          I couldn eat those with no problem!

          Except bloating.

          I really like the use of the knish!  I'll have to incorporate it sometime into my cookin.

          Thanks!


           
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            Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle

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            Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Fri, 05/1/09 10:00 AM (permalink)
            Nancypalooza


            So are the half-sours greener because they're less pickled?

            Yes.  The less pickled they are the more they look like cucumbers.  Over time they take on an army-green hue.  The color helps you to pick out the pickles with the level of pickling you prefer.

             
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              Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Fri, 05/1/09 10:04 AM (permalink)
              great report guys
              Baah Ben, bring home about 10 lbs of that pastrami.
               
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                ann peeples

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                Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Fri, 05/1/09 11:34 AM (permalink)
                What a fun report.My Lord the food looks fantastic.....
                 
                #8
                  Foodosaurus

                  Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Fri, 05/1/09 12:14 PM (permalink)
                  Man vs Food needs to go there and try to finish that thing!
                   
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                    mar52

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                    Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Fri, 05/1/09 12:19 PM (permalink)
                    I dub that dish Mount Sinai


                     
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                      CajunKing

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                      Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Fri, 05/1/09 4:03 PM (permalink)
                      WOW that was a massive dish, and oh how tasty it looked. 
                       
                      Great report gentleman.
                       
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                        Baah Ben

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                        Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Fri, 05/1/09 4:40 PM (permalink)
                        SK - Eat your heart out!  Let me just say this about that......It tasted even better than it looked!!!  Why bring some home though?  We have tons of places to get this type of pastrami in Daytona Beach....
                         
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                          ellen4641

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                          Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Fri, 05/1/09 8:12 PM (permalink)
                          SO glad to hear that you enjoyed your pastrami sandwiches, and the "Mt. Sinai" concoction!
                          And also it was VERY nice to hear that you got to "meat' THE Harold himself !!!
                          (now that his short lived East Brunswick location closed, he's gone back to being at his one and only "Harold owned" Harold's Deli , Edison, NJ !)  
                          ...and he's there practically all the time..

                          Coincidently, I went to Harold's on Monday, April 27th, in the early afternoon...
                          and that would've REALLY been a coincidence if I happened to run into you guys there!
                          I was with my bf,  on the way back from sis's in north Jersey...
                          He'd never been to Harold's, and did'nt know just how good pastrami could be..
                          I made a surprise stop there, and took out 2 pastrami sandwiches...
                          one for me, and one that he ended up sharing with his parents, ages 86 and 90.
                          (they all loved it!!)

                          Hey guys ! No ROOM for DESSERT at the deli?!?  (I can't blame you after "Mt Sinai" !)
                          I also took out a surprise dessert for the bf and his parents...
                          when we got back to my place, we opened it up...

                          My bf with CHOCOLATE ECLAIR ($15.95) from HAROLD'S DELI
                           
                          ECLAIR close up ..... from Harold's Deli

                            I cut off a chunk of ECLAIR (yummy!) for myself before we said our goodbyes...
                          So I ended up providing a succulent meal for 3 people; they all raved about the pastrami and washed it down with the eclair..they could'nt believe the size of the pastrami... (and it was only supposed to be the 13 ounce one..........!!  )
                           
                          Harold was there when I took out the sandwiches/eclair, so I said my hellos, and introduced him to my bf..
                          Harold is a real "mench".... he always makes you feel like you're old friends catching up....
                          he's full of smiles, and just really wants people to have a good time and enjoy their meals..
                          After I told him I just wanted to show my bf the famous "pickle bar",  it was cute when he said "Have a pickle!"
                          <message edited by ellen4641 on Fri, 05/1/09 8:26 PM>
                           
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                            sk bob

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                            Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Fri, 05/1/09 8:17 PM (permalink)
                            show me the places BB. I need that pastrami
                             
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                              ellen4641

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                              Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Fri, 05/1/09 8:29 PM (permalink)
                              sk bob


                              show me the places BB. I need that pastrami

                              You've gotta realize that BB is just joking about Daytona Beach pastrami...!
                              Sometimes one just has to leave Daytona Beach, and this is one of those times! (to go get that yummy Harold's pastrami, plus  Philly/NYC city food !!)
                               
                              Your nearest succulent pastrami is at the Pastrami Queen in Boca Raton .... (homemade pastrami, former owners of the famed NYC Pastrami Queen)


                               
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                                joerogo

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                                Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Fri, 05/1/09 8:36 PM (permalink)
                                Nancypalooza , I don't know nutttin' about picklin'.  But I was eating the half sours, they were excellent.
                                 
                                Brad_Olson, I took my leftover piece of that Monster home and weighed it.  The leftovers were 3.8 pounds.  That puppy had to weigh in at about 8 pounds, oy vey.
                                 
                                agnesrob, It's a great experience.  Take pictures!!!!
                                 
                                sk bob, I can't believe your buddy Baah Ben isn't bringing you anything home
                                 
                                mar52 , Great name, I think we should run it by Harold!
                                 
                                CajunKing, I hate to tell you this, it was as good as it looked.  Sorry buddy
                                 
                                 
                                 
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                                  sk bob

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                                  Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Fri, 05/1/09 9:12 PM (permalink)
                                  hey, I told him to bring an extra empty suitcase.
                                  I was willing to pay for the extra bag.
                                   
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                                    acer2x

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                                    Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Fri, 05/1/09 9:16 PM (permalink)
                                    Ellen,

                                    I like the chocolate eclair. I bought the apple strudel at Harold's once to take home. It weighed about 5 pounds. I think it cost $18. It's another good choice.
                                     
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                                      Baah Ben

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                                      Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Fri, 05/1/09 9:57 PM (permalink)
                                      Harold doesn't know small..everything he makes is to excess.  He gets people talking and that's his schtick......He's his own marketing machine..he really is.  

                                      Ellen - Sorry we missed you and your BF.  Talk about a small world.        
                                       
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                                        mar52

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                                        Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Fri, 05/1/09 9:59 PM (permalink)
                                        I could live and die with that eclair!

                                        Please tell me that it was filled with custard.

                                        ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
                                         
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                                          Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Fri, 05/1/09 10:01 PM (permalink)
                                          acer2x


                                          Ellen,

                                          I like the chocolate eclair. I bought the apple strudel at Harold's once to take home. It weighed about 5 pounds. I think it cost $18. It's another good choice.

                                          Thanks Steve for the hot tip! I love a good apple struedel, (as much as the next gal!) and will put it on my list for next time!  You've just brought to my attention that I've had'nt had an apple streudel in awhile, and now you've got me jonesing for one!
                                           
                                          I liked the whipped fillling inside Harold's Eclair... (although the bf preferred the Boston Creme filling inside the
                                          Eclair we had at Wegman's. Supermarket..)

                                           
                                          Hey, no slice of Harold's Cheesecake or Seven Layer Cake for JR and BB?!?
                                          It would be safe to say they were too full for dessert,  but those are always nice items to take out!
                                          They last for a bunch of days!
                                           
                                           
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                                            John A

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                                            Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Sat, 05/2/09 5:20 AM (permalink)
                                            You two did it up right, that's for sure.
                                             
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                                              TnTinCT

                                              Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Sat, 05/2/09 9:11 AM (permalink)
                                              That's it. I'm headed to New Jersey. Seriously, we are making a Jersey roadtrip before the summer is out to get me one of those sandwiches!
                                               
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                                                ann peeples

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                                                Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Sat, 05/2/09 9:28 AM (permalink)
                                                Wow, Ellen, thats one heck of an eclair.One of the only sweets I still indulge in..Between that and the pastrami, I would have been in food heaven!
                                                 
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                                                  ken8038

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                                                  Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Sat, 05/2/09 9:38 AM (permalink)
                                                  <<Between that and the pastrami, I would have been in food heaven>>


                                                  I'd be afraid if I ate one of Joe's Pastrami/Swiss Cheese/Knish things I might wind up in real heaven...
                                                   
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                                                    Baah Ben

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                                                    Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Sat, 05/2/09 10:37 AM (permalink)
                                                    TT IN CT..I'd make the drive.  I really would.  The only regret of our first experience was we missed getting Joe a dessert.  He should have ordered one of those eclairs.
                                                     
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                                                      Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Sat, 05/2/09 12:13 PM (permalink)
                                                      Ggeeezzz & Crackers !!!!!!   These pictures have just started a serious quest for me. The search for the real NY deli exp. Seriously those pics. look so good! I'm a newbie here & have looked at the post for Katz,Harold,Irving,Kibitz,Famous & Hershel. Those pics. have awaken something in me & I GOTTA HAVE IT!!!! Thank You Ellen,Baah Ben,Joe for the great posts.
                                                       
                                                      OK. I plan to visit all of them & will report back hopefully with pics.
                                                       
                                                      Local first:
                                                      Hershel's,Famous 4th st. Deli,Kibitz,Irving,Harold,& Katz in that order. Can't wait. YUM..
                                                       
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                                                        Baah Ben

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                                                        Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Sat, 05/2/09 12:48 PM (permalink)
                                                        Paul - Don't forget the Carnegie...Probably the best of them all.
                                                         
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                                                          mar52

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                                                          Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Sat, 05/2/09 1:28 PM (permalink)
                                                          What's the piece of brisket doing in the center of the eclair?
                                                           
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                                                            PAUL4FOOD

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                                                            Re:Baah Ben, joerogo and Harold Sat, 05/2/09 2:09 PM (permalink)
                                                            Baah Ben- Is Carnagie that good? Added to the list. ;)
                                                            mar52- That's the first thing I was thinking when I saw that pic. (Is that meat in that eclair? No wonder it's that good.)
                                                             
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