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  • I didn’t even know this place existed! Looks interesting. And it’s kosher, so it should be pretty decent.

  • It’s a pretty good Jewish deli, I used to order from there when I worked downtown. I didn’t order from Eli’s often because it’s a little pricey BUT paying for Kosher is generally more expensive.

    Try the Freundel or the New Yorker-definitely one of the better options by DC deli standards, which I realize isn’t saying a whole lot..

  • I work really close to this place and I have been there twice and won’t go back. Way too expensive for what you get and the sandwiches were average at best. It usually has a pretty decent Jewish population in there for dinner though…

  • Don’t get too excited. This is no Katz’s in NYC or Manny’s in Chicago. It’s fine if you absolutely NEED a pastrami sandwich, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat there.

  • The Carnegie in NYC is the way to go.

  • Pretty good matzo ball soup, though.

    • I’m no expert on this, but a real connoisseur I went with for lunch one time agreed with this. Soup was good. The Latka’s (sp?) were more like croquets though. A little strange according to my expert. I enjoyed my brisket sandwich, but nothing to write home about.

      • yes, I have heard the same from people who seem to know their matzo ball soup. I liked it too, but I’m no expert)…

  • It is the best of DC deli, a sad sad commentary on deli options in this town. If this place was in NYC, Chicago, or even Boston, it would have gone out of business long ago.

    • Totally agree! I grew up in Chicago and this place doesn’t hold a candle to anything there. Still, what other options do we have around town… None.

  • I’m hoping the Star and Shamrock is good because this place isn’t.

  • Ok, the restaurant itself sucks, but the schwarma at the affiliated takeout place next door is BOMB. Definitely the best schwarma in town, no question.

  • Yes, the shawarma/falafel place next door (same owners) is outstanding. The falafel in particular. It’s far superior to the dry, over-spiced version at Amsterdam Falafel.

  • The problem with places like this is that they’ve long since left the ownership of the folks whose families had perfected the recipes over generations. Washington’s Jewish families were among the first to abandon their old neighborhoods during the period of white flight, so this is why the best Jewish delis in the area are in the suburbs.

    • By period of white flight, I’m assuming you mean as a result of the Riots… I know a Jewish man whose father owned a furniture store on H St. NE, he was defending his store during the riots and was murdered. At that point, continuing the family business wasn’t really an option. I believe similar divestment occurred all over the city, which contributes to the lack of “family-owned” establishments.

  • The little carryout place has the best falafel in the city. It is amazing.

  • Bread and Brew next door is amazing.

    • I agree. Who knew that bread and beer tasted so great together? It’s a fine example of food synergy.

  • Usually, kosher = overpriced and tasteless.

    Go to a kosher-style deli, the ones that have things like Francheezies. Those are the ones that are good.

  • Sometimes there just isn’t anything to be \Perfected over generations\ – Corned beef or pastrami, (or matzo or latkes or gefilte or their gentile equivalents) just isn’t that complicated – depends on the quality of the meat and what you like in the curing seasoning and essentially – how grandma made it. More an emotional than culinary touchstone.

  • +1 that Eli’s is terrible, but the falafel/shwarma next door are great. (and Bread and Brew is good too).

  • I’ve had the pastrami, and it’s pretty dry and lifeless. Loeb’s is better and the best in the city is Deli City in NE. (2200 Bladensburg)

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