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ellen4641

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pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Sat, 03/31/07 9:29 PM (permalink)
There is finally a real good pastrami place in Philly...

It is in the Reading Terminal Market on 11th and Arch St.
Name : Hershels East Side Deli.

Owner tells me it is "kosher and homemade"



It is hand carved, as well. A decent sized sandwich for only $8.50.
Sure it is bigger at Harold's Deli in NJ, but it costs $15.00.
(I like both places)


Hershel's opened in Feb. 2007, a welcome addition (IMO)to the Reading Terminal Market.... (the owner and his family were involved with Katz's deli in NYC for years)

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There is a small counter to sit at, but it is more fun to just order at the counter, cafeteria style, and watch them carve your sandwich,
(corned beef is real good , too), then sit out there at one of the markets common tables, complete with the aluminum folding chairs, like these folks in the pic...

This happened to be during the Philly Flower Show, so the market was PACKED, as it is located right across from the philly convention center.

The Reading Terminal Market has got to be one of the safest places to be in the country, as there are tons of police officers, (all branches and forms, like "special narcotics squad", etc), all sitting down to enjoy their Italian subs, cheesesteaks, etc, etc....I liked looking at all the different uniforms and patches.

I washed my sandwich down with some Bassett of Philadelphia ice cream. Dark chocolate chip, my favorite flavor.

 
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    Adjudicator

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    RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Sat, 03/31/07 9:33 PM (permalink)
    That looks absolutely delicious!
     
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      ann peeples

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      RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Sat, 03/31/07 9:35 PM (permalink)
      Best looking pastrami I have ever seen!!!
       
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        iqdiva

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        RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Sat, 03/31/07 9:38 PM (permalink)
        That looks absolutely INCREDIBLE !
         
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          dreamzpainter

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          RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Sat, 03/31/07 10:49 PM (permalink)
          great pics.... almost makes me homesick...almost
           
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            ellen4641

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            RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Sat, 03/31/07 11:17 PM (permalink)
            And I enjoyed shmoozing with the owner, Steve, for a good 5 minutes or so, as he is very personable.

            And I like the fact that everything is out in the open.........so if you don't want the tail end of the pastrami, just come back in 10 minutes and there will be a new one out there.
            Very high volume....

            I also enjoyed the matzoh ball soup.
             
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              UncleVic

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              RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Sun, 04/1/07 12:24 AM (permalink)
              NICE!
               
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                MikeS.

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                RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Sun, 04/1/07 4:02 AM (permalink)
                I've got to get back to Philly!

                MikeS.
                 
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                  acer2x

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                  RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Sun, 04/1/07 4:23 AM (permalink)
                   
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                    agnesrob

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                    RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Sun, 04/1/07 7:44 AM (permalink)
                    Elen, that looks so good! I haven't had pastromi is a while. Guess it's time!
                     
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                      ellen4641

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                      RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Sun, 04/1/07 9:55 AM (permalink)
                      quote:
                      Originally posted by acer2x

                      Interesting stuff from egullet:

                      http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=99553&st=0


                      YES, that is how I stumbled on this deli in the first place...
                      I was web surfing, and looking up who knows what, and this pastrami stuff came up.

                      I even chatted with the owner about that egullet stuff, and he thought the critics were being a little too harsh...
                      (as they had just opened, and were trying to get the kinks out)

                       
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                        BunglingBill

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                        RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Sun, 04/1/07 10:54 AM (permalink)
                        My wife goes to Philly frequently on business. Next time, I'll be going with her to try that pastrami!
                         
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                          acer2x

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                          RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Sun, 04/1/07 11:48 AM (permalink)
                          I'll give it a try after Passover and report back. If they hand cut their pastrami and corned beef, it's got to be a winner.
                           
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                            Pwingsx

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                            RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Sun, 04/1/07 2:20 PM (permalink)
                            I've never had a real NY style pastrami sandwich, but I sure would think it looked like that one.
                             
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                              db1105

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                              RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Sun, 04/1/07 3:02 PM (permalink)
                              I stopped there a few weeks ago and it really wasn't that good. I had the pastrami special on "stale" rye bread. It was 11am. The dressing was waterey, and the pastrami was not that good. With all the consistantly great places to eat at the Terminal, I will not waste another dime there.
                               
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                                Phildelmar

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                                RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Sun, 04/1/07 3:12 PM (permalink)
                                Have to be in Philadelphia on Friday, a few blocks away from the Market, will check it out
                                 
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                                  MikeS.

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                                  RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Sun, 04/1/07 11:35 PM (permalink)
                                  Personally I'd go and find out for myself. Those pics look too good to be missed.

                                  MikeS.
                                   
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                                    Art Deco

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                                    RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Mon, 04/2/07 11:05 AM (permalink)
                                    quote:
                                    Originally posted by db1105

                                    I stopped there a few weeks ago and it really wasn't that good.


                                    Interesting. I thought part of the point was that they have only been open for a few weeks and were still working out the kinks.
                                     
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                                      Phildelmar

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                                      RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Mon, 04/2/07 11:23 AM (permalink)
                                      Any more feedback on the place?
                                       
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                                        tamandmik

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                                        RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Mon, 04/2/07 12:48 PM (permalink)
                                        quote:
                                        Originally posted by dreamzpainter

                                        great pics.... almost makes me homesick...almost


                                        Until you realize that it was probably about 40-45 degrees outside when those pics were taken! Then, that feeling of homesickness begins to fade, at least for me!
                                         
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                                          db1105

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                                          RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Mon, 04/2/07 5:39 PM (permalink)
                                          "Interesting. I thought part of the point was that they have only been open for a few weeks and were still working out the kinks."

                                          What is "interesting"? I responded to a post stating that they had a " real good pastrami place in Philly". I tried it a few weeks ago and found it not to be really good. I just gave my opinion. You would think a sandwich place in The Terminal would work out the "kinks" before they opened. There is no excuse for stale bread and waterery dressing IMHO.
                                           
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                                            phlmaestro2000

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                                            RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Mon, 04/2/07 5:48 PM (permalink)
                                            quote:
                                            Originally posted by db1105

                                            "Interesting. I thought part of the point was that they have only been open for a few weeks and were still working out the kinks."

                                            What is "interesting"? I responded to a post stating that they had a " real good pastrami place in Philly". I tried it a few weeks ago and found it not to be really good. I just gave my opinion. You would think a sandwich place in The Terminal would work out the "kinks" before they opened. There is no excuse for stale bread and waterery dressing IMHO.


                                            I'm not sure if there is a little confusion with the thread I started on Hershel's when it first opened. I had said back then that I wasn't impressed with the corned beef, and while the pastrami was better, it still wasn't as good as the pastrami at Famous 4th Street (post-ownership change). I also wrote at the time that because they were so new, I'd cut them some slack and give them some time to work out their problems. One of the owners also wrote on the Egullet forum that he realized they had some issues to work out and were a work in progress during their first week.

                                            I have been back since and thought my second pastrami sandwich was better than the first. But I'd still give an edge to Famous 4th Street. However, since I live only a couple blocks from the Terminal, I'm still thrilled to have a legitimate Jewish deli in the neighborhood and will be at least a semi-regular customer of Hershel's.
                                             
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                                              John A

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                                              RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Tue, 04/3/07 7:27 AM (permalink)
                                              Looks awfully good to me, I would certainly give it a try.

                                              John
                                               
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                                                RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Tue, 04/3/07 2:55 PM (permalink)
                                                quote:
                                                Originally posted by db1105

                                                "Interesting. I thought part of the point was that they have only been open for a few weeks and were still working out the kinks."

                                                What is "interesting"? I responded to a post stating that they had a " real good pastrami place in Philly". I tried it a few weeks ago and found it not to be really good. I just gave my opinion. You would think a sandwich place in The Terminal would work out the "kinks" before they opened. There is no excuse for stale bread and waterery dressing IMHO.


                                                You're right. Most businesses hit the ground running and have no kinks to work out with their products.
                                                 
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                                                  acer2x

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                                                  RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Tue, 04/10/07 11:05 PM (permalink)
                                                  I ended my Passover early this year so I visited Hershel's for lunch today for the first time.The counter service was not good. It looked like the Keystone Kops. I had one-half pastrami sandwich. The bread was stale. The hand cut pastrami was just ok. The pastrami doesn't even come close to Famous 4th Street and is far removed from Katz's, my personal favorite. I must admit that the brisket looked good. I'll give that a shot next time I'm in the city.
                                                   
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                                                    acer2x

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                                                    RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Wed, 04/11/07 8:55 AM (permalink)
                                                    Furthermore,the picture is better than the product.
                                                     
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                                                      RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Sat, 05/19/07 5:15 PM (permalink)
                                                      I just had a corned beef sandwich from Hershel's and it was MUCH better than the one I had when they first opened. The pastrami has also gotten better gradually IMO. This corned beef was really fabulous; one of the best CB sandwiches I've had. I ordered it with nothing on it and topped it off with the mustard of my choice at home.

                                                      I try to avoid going at peak times. I've seen a couple complaints about there being chaos behind the counter, but I generally walk right up and order a sandwich with no problem.
                                                       
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                                                        Phildelmar

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                                                        RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Sat, 05/19/07 5:47 PM (permalink)
                                                        How about the bread?
                                                         
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                                                          phlmaestro2000

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                                                          RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Sat, 05/19/07 6:25 PM (permalink)
                                                          The bread was fine. It's not the super thick rye that they use at Famous Fourth Street or Kibitz, but since they don't put the massive amount of meat in at Hershel's that they do at the other places, it's plenty thick enough. And it was fresh in spite of it being fairly late in the day.

                                                          And actually they do seem to be getting better at stacking those sandwiches. They seem to be thicker than in the first few weeks. While I prefer that a sandwich not be as thick as a place like Fourth Street, Carnegie or Harolds, I thought the first few sandwiches I had from Hershe's were a little too skimpy. The last couple sandwiches I've had from them have been just right in terms of size.
                                                           
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                                                            RE: pastrami in Philly (succulent pics!) Mon, 05/21/07 12:51 PM (permalink)
                                                            quote:
                                                            Originally posted by ellen4641

                                                            There is finally a real good pastrami place in Philly...

                                                            It is hand carved, as well. A decent sized sandwich for only $8.50.
                                                            Sure it is bigger at Harold's Deli in NJ, but it costs $15.00.
                                                            (I like both places)

                                                            [


                                                            How does it compare with the Kibitz Room in Cherry Hill? They set the standard for me.
                                                             
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