We didn’t eat Jewish food when I was growing up. No bagels and lox, no latkes or blintzes, no wonderful whitefish or challah or knishes. Hmmm…. that sounds like a Dr. Seuss sentence! Well, you get the picture. No Jewish food. In fact, only time my family ate corned beef was on St. Patrick’s Day. We were definitely missing out on something good.
Fortunately, when I was in my twenties, a wonderful chef and co-worker, Rick Schwartz, taught me how to cook all kinds of Jewish food and now I make a few things really well.(seriously – my matzo ball soup rocks. I’ll post a recipe next month.)
Since Seattle isn’t known for great Jewish delis, it was a real treat today when my brother-in-law, Mickey, took Marvin and me to Corky & Lenny’s for dinner. Marvin’s family has been eating at this beloved East Cleveland deli for nearly forty years and now I know why.
As we walked in the door, owner Earl Stein greeted Mickey and Marvin by name. The hostess ushered us past deli cases brimming with kosher meat, salmon, whitefish, cheese, and desserts to a comfortable booth at the back of the restaurant. Marvin immediately ordered a childhood favorite – chocolate phosphate. Our waiter delivered it promptly, along with a tray of crispy kosher dills. We ordered matzo ball soup. The only decision left to make was pastrami or corned beef. We ordered both. If you are ever in East Cleveland, do the same thing.
Corky & Lenny’s
27091 Chagrin Boulevard
Woodmere Village, Ohio 44122