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Kornblatt's Delicatessen

628 NW 23rd Ave., Portland, OR - (503) 242-0055
Posted By Van Kovacs on 3/12/2007 6:55:00 PM
My wife and I recently visited Kornblatt's. She ordered a French Dip sandwich; I, a corned beef on sourdough. My san arrived on thin-sliced white bread. The meat was lukewarm and tasteless. Some of it got stuck in my throat. I washed it down with their watery root beer.

The condiments were better than the sandwich: succulent sauerkraut (all two spoonfuls of it) and their delicious mustard. The French Dip roll was soggy, if not sponge-like. The meat was undercooked; several slices were semi-raw. The coleslaw, however, was edible.

The bill came to $22. We left hungrier than when we walked in, wondering if we'd have to fly to Times Square to get some real lip-smacking food. This place is cozy enough and the waiters are attentive but, alas, the food is mediocre. They need to find a new source for their bread -- and a new cook. I might have tried their pastrami-on-rye except that they don't serve French fries. On a scale of 1-10 - ten being best - I give it a one.

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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.
"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."
Michael Stern





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.
"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."
Michael Stern



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