Sept. 23rd, 2008
Today's Roadfood "review of the day" is for the Famous 4th St. Deli in Philly.
I, too, really enjoy their homemade pastrami! (almost as good as the Carnegie in NYC, and I'm a VERY tough pastrami critic!!)
(most pastrami I encounter does NOT measure up!)
Although I find that their thick rye bread makes the sandwich tough to eat!
I wish the DATES of the actual visits were put into these Roadfood reviews. IMO, it gives it even more merit.
For instance, I just found out last week that Russ Cowan now owns that Famous 4th St. Deli in Philly.... (Russ is the "deli flipper" of the Kibbutz deli fame) (and more recently, he was the short term owner of Mr. Bill's Coney Island Deli in Winslow, NJ where I just ate at on Sept. 15th.
The current Mr. Bills owner , Joe Radano, is the one who told me that Russ just bought the Famous 4th St. Deli, that he went to go help them out, and they really needed him to clean the place up...
(so what the heck, he bought it!)
So we'll see how things go there.... I know I enjoyed it when I was last there earlier in the year... Good luck, Russ..continued success
he used to also own the short-lived Kibbutz deli in the resort town of Ocean City, NJ......(tough location there, as it was only open seasonally)
Good pastami in Philly is NOT an oxymoron!!