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 hash aficionados will definitely want to sample Kornblatt’s version. It’s the real thing, served with a couple of eggs and a bagel.
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."