Oy!

The Daily Meal (ho ho) has just posted its list of “America’s 10 Best Jewish Delis.”

Included are Carnegie Deli and Katz’s in New York City; Langer’s in LA, and Shapiro’s in Indianapolis. Indianapolis?!

Not on the list: Gold’s. Or Oscar’s.

Let the kvetching begin.

Golds deli

Oscar's Delicatessen (Photo/Videler Photography)

(Photo/Videler Photography)

18 responses to “Oy!

  1. Both are solid contenders in the true Deli Style and should be t on the list.

  2. Sandy Soennichsen

    Oscar’s is not really a Jewish deli, and is definitely not kosher. Have no idea about Gold’s.

  3. This must have been a sketchily researched article. Not only no Golds or Oscars, but no Nate ‘n Al’s of Beverly Hills, Canter’s of LA. I’d disregard their Top Ten, as I’m not schlepping to Indianapolis or Ann Arbor to try a hot dog.

    • Mary Ann West

      Aimee,
      You’ve brought back a flood of memories, I worked at Geary’s Beverly Hills, across the street from Nate n’ Al’s we would bring in NY style bagels etc… Never appreciated how many movers and shakers conducted Hollywood’s business while noshing on lox and other specialties. http://www.natenal.com

  4. Fortunatly for me, Zingerman’s is right up the street for me so the pain of only getting to these two great Westport deli’s when I go back east to visit Dad is somewhat muted. In fact, I enjoyed a classic bagel with the works at Oscars just this past January while I was there.

  5. bobbi essagof

    I truly love both Oscar’s and Gold’s but neither are Kosher. One even has a sign saying “Kosher til sliced!”

  6. not comparable

  7. Nancy Hunter Wilson

    Every Staples kid should remember to pack Oscar’s sandwiches in the car so to stomach a college interview road trip!

  8. kathy lanning

    I still miss Gold’s! Nothing like it in Worcester :(

  9. Isabelle Isafan

    What about Wolfie’s in Miami?

  10. Nate ‘n Al’s should make any list of Jewish delis. And only kosher delis can really be regarded as Jewish deli’s. Leaves Gold’s out. And Oscars far, far
    out.

  11. Golds…greatest pickle barrel ever

  12. Dan, Thanks for “tagging” this post in your “Religion” category. One of the many reasons we love your blog is that you “relish” the idea that good deli is a religious experience.

  13. Trish Leavitt

    Being in Indianapolis, I can tell you that Shapiro’s does not even come close to Gold’s or Oscar’s. I am craving a brisket on rye from Gold’s now.

  14. Douglass Davidoff

    As a former 23-year resident and local reporter in Indianapolis, I respectfully disagree with Trish Leavitt. Shapiro’s original location is on the south edge of downtown, in what was once a vibrant Midwest Jewish community — NOT a non-sequiteur — before suburban migration. Shapiro’s is a community institution and it has a menu that is extensive and authentic serving bohemians, business leaders, politicians, academics, and not-for-profit leaders alike. Everyone noshes there! The staff is authentic, too. Whether Shapiro’s makes a “Top 10″ list is up to the list makers. It might or might not make my own personal list; Gold’s and Oscar’s are on my list, and Rein’s in Vernon on I-84, too. Nevertheless, dismissing Shapiro’s out of hand because it’s in Indianapolis is ignorant and evidence of a lingering East Coast bias that annoys and angers a lot of Midwesterners. New flash! The Jewish Diaspora included TransAppalachian America. The deli detracted here actually offers the evidence; take a look at http://www.Shapiros.com (um, yes, they’ve actually heard of the Internet in Indianapolis). Salivate over the menu and read the history. You’ll see that Louis and Rebecca Shapiro opened Shapiro’s in 1905, two years after emigrating from Odessa, then in Russia and more lately part of (at least for now) The Ukraine. My own relatives came from Odessa a few years before; are the Shapiros less worthy than my family because they settled in Indianapolis instead of the Lower East Side? As for Aimee Garn’s response (and pardon my chutzpah here): It’s illogical, prima facie. Her comment can be cut off at “I’m not schlepping to Indianapolis or Ann Arbor” — period, stop there, full stop. The next phrase, “to try a hot dog,” offers bupkes and even detracts; it suggests the hot dog at a deli in Indy or Ann Arbor is only worth trying, not worth buying. I doubt she’d go to fly-over country to collect a $5,000 cash payment, much less purchase a hot dog in a good deli. She’d be happier, I infer from her comment, going to L.A. or Beverly Hills. The geographer in me must note that these locations are several times more distant than either Indy or Ann Arbor. Her definition of “schlep” seems to be culturally based rather than mathematically based. Makes me wonder if other cities in even her own state — say Bridgeport, or Hartford — are also a schlep for her. But send us to Beverly Hills and L.A., because for at least a few Westporters, they’re practically next door. Oy vey! Dan, this one is mishigas. Provincial. Today, as every day, this blog is “Where Westport Meets The World.” But today, the blog tells part of our world, namely the Midwest U.S., to take a flying leap.

  15. Douglass Davidoff

    Um, I confess to posting a rant. I guess I’m the kvetch Dan called for at the outset!