Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Gunter's and Toast Eatery - Treyf's Announcement

Hey there pastrami fans. I have an awesome post for you this time. Fresh off the Save the Deli presses, I would like to announce the opening of a new Jewish deli in SF called "Treyf". Treyf means non-kosher, basically the way I like my sandwiches with Russian dressing and/or cheese is considered treyf - so I'm super excited that there is going to be another premier deli opening in this town. I'm not sure when/where they are going to open, but I will find out ASAP. I first read about it on Save the Deli, but you can check out Treyf's blog here. Tell them I sent you.



I did some great field work, making it down to the San Jose to try out the Jewish/German - Gunter's Restaurant. I rarely make it down to the South Bay, but I had business down there a few weekend's ago and I wanted to track down the best pastrami in town. I think I found something that may have mixed up my ratings for favorite Pastrami in the Bay Area (not to worry Refuge or Miller's - you're still 1 and 1a) - as the Gunter's New Yorker pastrami sandwich was pretty hard to argue with.

Gunter's New Yorker

Great Baked Goods...mmm Black & White Cookie

The pastrami was a bit thinner, than I normally like...that being said it had an excellent flavor and I know plenty of people who prefer their pastrami on the thinner side like Gunter's serves. The rye bread and pickle also had an excellent flavor...no component of this sandwich was the best ever - but putting it all together....the rye bread with the pastrami and Russian dressing - something magical happens...it becomes a delicious delicacy treat most people think they can only get in NYC. About half way through my meal - a gentleman seated on the other side of the deli exclaimed "That looks like a Katz's sandwich." I talked to him a minute, gave him my card as he was leaving he asked "So, How did it compare to Katz's" - the answer - comparable bread, thinner pastrami, but just as tasty. Next time you're in San Jose, stop by Gunter's and try it out...it's worth the visit (They also do catering).

Toast Eatery (Photo via Toast Website)


The last place I went for this installment was Toast Eatery - located on Church street close to 30th Street in the Noe Valley Neighborhood of San Francisco. This is one of my favorite neighborhoods in SF truth be told. Ever seen the movie Sister Act? St Paul's Church right down the street was featured in the movie as they transformed the posh Noe Valley neighborhood to look like a crime ridden community.

St. Paul's Cathedral - San Francisco

Toast features a pastrami sandwich (on a roll with mayo...some people might have a problem) or a "pulled" corned beef Reuben. I was interested to find out what the "pulled" corned beef looked like so I ordered the Reuben.

"Pulled" Corned Beef

The pulled corned beef had the consistency of chipped beef you eat on toast, but still had the lovely corned beef flavor instead of the cheap Stouffer's chipped beef flavor - it was just a bit different than hand sliced or machine sliced corned beef which is something I'm always intrigued to explore. It was a very good, unique Reuben sandwich - try it out if you're in the Noe Valley neighborhood anytime of the day as it sounds like they have an excellent breakfast menu as well. Can't wait to try the pastrami next time (perhaps not on a roll with mayo)!

August 28th is the anniversary of the pastrami blog...so it's been about 12 months since I've been breaking down pastrami like an organic compound for ya'll. It's kinda crazy when I look back on how far this blog has come - I've had a great time establishing myself as the Pastrami King of the Bay Area...and I've had countless pastrami sandwiches across various states....gotten many compliments from fans....and made a couple of friends along the way. I'm looking forward to keeping it going strong for another year!

7 comments:

Evan said...

Thanks for the press. Some good pastrami is coming very soon.

Email me with any questions
treyfdeli@gmail.com

Razzle Dazzle said...

It was smart of you to post the blog before lunch time, as it inspired me to eat a Reuben for lunch. Teddy, would you be able to suggest a place with an excellent pastrami nearby my office? 639 Howard St. Lee's Deli doesn't cut it.

Ted said...

Razzle I've heard the Sentinel was excellent....you should bring a corned beef to me one day. http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-sentinel-san-francisco

phf said...

this kosher thing is driving me nuts. it seems that you are saying that russian dressing and pastrami together isn't kosher because of the meat and milk mixture. this is incorrect. russian dressing is made with mayonnaise, not milk. assuming that you are taking the rules of kosher liberally (none of the places you eat are really kosher since they serve cheese and meat in the same establishment, and other non kosher products) ie. not mixing meat and milk, you are wrong. pastrami and cheese: not kosher. pastrami and russian dressing: kosher(-ish).

phf said...

for arguments sake, here is a picture of a jar of certified kosher mayonnaise. under the kosher symbol it says PAREVE, which means neutral. mayonnaise is neither milk or meat because it is not made with milk or meat. therefore, it can be mixed with meat or milk without breaking the laws of kosher.

http://www.benedikts.com/products/188_1_MMAYB-Mayonnaise-bulk1-gal.jpg

Ted said...

PHF Thanks for the info and comments. =)

I do not adhere to kosher laws...nor am I an expert on the subject. I simply know good pastrami...and that's what I write about.

I am not Jewish. Many of the delis I go to are Jewish style (IE nonkosher) because they serve milk with meat as you have described. The only truly kosher deli I know of on the West Coast is the Pico Kosher Deli in LA.

joel said...

I am going to Cincinatti next month. Any suggestions on where to get some great Pastrami. I live in NYC - Katz's is my current favorite (although nothing can touch my memory of Pastrami King in queens)

I like the idea of having a sandwich outside my usual haunts.

thanks,
joel