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D.Z. Akins

6930 Alvarado Rd., San Diego, CA - (619) 265-0218
A classic New York deli in San Diego. Count on overstuffed sandwiches, excellent potato pancakes and blintzes, and a selection of fresh bakery breads. DZ Akins also has a full-service soda fountain.
81% Approval Rating (16 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Corned Beef Sandwich
Rye Bread
Matzoh Brei
Matzo Ball Soup
Blintzes
Egg Cream
Chicken in the Pot
Challah Bread
Pastrami Sandwich
Mish Mash Soup

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (8)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Native Chicagoans are raised to be happy when they spot a hot dog stand or deli that sports a bright red and yellow sign advertising Vienna Beef. Vienna Beef is good, especially the taut hot dogs and garlicky salami; so we were thrilled to find such a sign while ..."   [Read More]
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Andrew Wyatt
June 14, 2007
"Of all the Roadfood-approved establishments in the San Diego area, D.Z. Akins is my favorite, and the most pleasant surprise. I went in search of DZ the night I arrived in San Diego on business, and tired though I was, it was well worth the drive of twenty minutes or ..."   [Read More]
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Martin Kane
January 14, 2005
"Another great establishment we would never have found without Roadfood. This is a very authentic New York City-style delicatessan in the eastern part of San Diego (very easy on and off the 70th Street exit of I-8). The menu is enormous so you may want to take a quick ..."   [Read More]
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Jerry Selleck
April 12, 2004
"We didn't mind the $30 cab ride from the airport. DZ was an awesome display of deli delight. We decided to catch breakfast and brown bag some pastrami and swiss on rye sandwiches for lunch. The cherry blintzes were delightful. Corned beef omelet and potatoes the best. ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

6930 Alvarado Rd., San Diego, CA
(619) 265-0218

http://www.dzakinsdeli.com/

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:Yes
Takeout Counters:Yes
One of the best corned beef sandwiches we've had in a long, long time: hot meat, fresh bread, snappy mustard. Perfection.
"One of the best corned beef sandwiches we've had in a long, long time: hot meat, fresh bread, snappy mustard. Perfection."
Michael Stern





Blintzes come four to an order with sour cream on the side.
"Blintzes come four to an order with sour cream on the side."
Michael Stern


According to the menu, this is 'Grandma Fay's' Matzoh Brei. We tip our hats with respect and admiration to Grandma Fay! (Those are apple sauce and sour cream in the background.)
"According to the menu, this is 'Grandma Fay's' Matzoh Brei. We tip our hats with respect and admiration to Grandma Fay! (Those are apple sauce and sour cream in the background.)"
Michael Stern


This close-up picture of the matzoh brei shows a perfect confluence of egg and matzoh that is the essence of the dish.
"This close-up picture of the matzoh brei shows a perfect confluence of egg and matzoh that is the essence of the dish."
Michael Stern


Some of the just-baked ryes and pumpernickles for sale on D.Z. Akins' shelves
"Some of the just-baked ryes and pumpernickles for sale on D.Z. Akins' shelves"
Michael Stern


These challahs have an eggy-yeasty aroma that is dizzying.
"These challahs have an eggy-yeasty aroma that is dizzying."
Michael Stern


D.Z. Akins is a huge establishment, the size of a whole small shopping center.
"D.Z. Akins is a huge establishment, the size of a whole small shopping center."
Michael Stern


We haven't yet tried any of these soups, but we'd bet they're very good. Note the celebrity 8x10 pictures on the wall. The interior is plastered with publicity photos from famous and not-so-famous friends of the house.
"We haven't yet tried any of these soups, but we'd bet they're very good. Note the celebrity 8x10 pictures on the wall. The interior is plastered with publicity photos from famous and not-so-famous friends of the house."
Michael Stern



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