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Kenny & Zuke's Delicatessen

1038 SW Stark St. (SW Tenth Ave.) Send to Phone
503-222-3354 | Order Now! | Menu
A traditional New York deli shines by incorporating a Pacific Northwest sensibility.
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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily
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Kenny & Zuke's Delicatessen, Portland, OR

Kenny & Zuke's Delicatessen Restaurant Review

: Ken Gordon and Nick Zukin, longtime local food purveyors, serve authentic Jewish deli favorites prepared with artisan care. Pastrami and corned beef are made from quality meat that is house cured, smoked, steamed and pickled, and then thickly sliced. Homesick New Yorkers, tourists (especially those from the hip Ace Hotel next door) and native Portlanders flock to this glassed-in downtown spot for fresh bagels and bialys, Reubens, egg creams and Cel-Ray soda. Share a huge plate of crispy round potato latkes accompanied by chunky homemade applesauce and sour cream. If you order a sandwich, you'll find that the meat packed between two slices of corn rye is more modest than the gigantic protein fests common at New York delis, which means it doesn't overwhelm classic accompaniments such as lettuce, pickles and Russian dressing. Breakfast is served all day. Fried chicken cooked in duck fat is served on Wednesday nights. Waitstaff is friendly, and the mood casual and relaxed. You may also buy meat at the house deli. Northwest Portland happily claims a Kenny & Zuke's Bagelworks annex, while another shop, the Deli Bar in Northeast Portland, serves coffee and bagels first thing in the morning and craft cocktails in the evening.

User Ratings & Reviews for Kenny & Zuke's Delicatessen
Average rating    4
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Great lunch spot. Thick-cut Pastrami was quite yum.
by ryandv on Tue Jun 14, 2011 4:34 pm
Was walking around Portland for a place to eat and I was encouraged that in the middle of the afternoon this place seemed to have a good number of folks eating there.

I ate at the counter and while I thought that meant I'd get to just yell out what I wanted to the guy making the sandwiches behind the counter I actually had a server. Up until the server got there I was a little confused (hurt?) the sandwich guy was ignoring me.

Sandwich selection looked good and I got to see a good variety making their way out due to my seat. I went with what they are known for which is the Pastrami and I went for the 'Pastrami on Rye'. The pastrami was thick-cut and tender. Good amount of fat in the strips and the taste was solid. I got it with the classic Russian dressing and I'm glad I did but definitely adding some spicy mustard improved the sandwich.

There is a place to order food by the pound and it looks like they make "picnic" lunches for you. Worth going back.

A little friendlier service would get them to 5 stars but they bill themselves as a NY deli. Maybe the service is in keeping in step with NY.
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