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D.Z. Akins

6930 Alvarado Rd., San Diego, CA - (619) 265-0218
Posted By Jerry Selleck on 4/12/2004 9:34:00 PM
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. Bucket of pickles on each table. The bakery made it hard to choose, so we ordered more than we could eat.
However, when we sat down at lunch to enjoy the sandwiches, the pastrami was so stringy we couldn't finish them. I heard someone write that good pastrami was akin to a batch of smoked rubber bands. If that's the case, you can have mine. It was a sore disappointment, and a stark contrast to a mighty breakfast that left us wanting more.
Our tip: go for breakfast, go for the deli, skip the pastrami.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
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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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