Kornblatt’s is Portland’s New York style deli known for mile-high sandwiches, smoked fish platters, pot roast with potato pancakes, and cheese-filled blintzes served with sour cream and apple sauce.
We love breakfast here, whether that’s as simple as an excellent chewy bagel with a schmear of cream cheese or the kitchen’s estimable matzoh brei, a traditional Jewish dish that is vaguely like smooshed-up French toast, but eggier and made with unleavened matzoh crackers rather than bread. Corned beef has aficionados will definitely want to sample Kornblatt’s version. It’s the real thing.
At lunch, corned beef stars in sandwiches on good rye bread; matzoh ball soup is soothing; and borscht is sweet. Noodle kugel is particularly noteworthy. It’s like bread pudding but made with egg noodles: not quite dessert, not quite a side dish, but great to eat any time.
"The secret of great matzoh brei (aside from lots of butter) is a proper balance between crumbled-up matzoh crackers and the eggs that bind them. You don't want it too eggy, nor should the matzoh be dry. Kornblatt's version is a very good one."
"Kornblatt's is a neighborhood storefront that locals love for the food as well as for service that can range from motherly-nice to deli-counter crabby."