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Pastramis Across America

Although San Antonio’s is still superior.

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Hopefully you’ve already eaten a slice of what I think is the best pastrami in the country at the Granary in San Antonio. Maybe you’re looking for some alternatives that are almost as good, and there are plenty. Over the last few months I’ve been traveling to snuff out great pastrami leads. There are some avant-garde options out there, and pastrami beef ribs are an up-and-coming trend, but here are some of my favorite sliced beef pastramis in America. Some are from the belly, and some are brisket, and a few don’t call themselves pastrami at all. Those labeled as “smoked meat” trace their lineage to Montreal’s version of pastrami. They’re all worth a visit, but please get to San Antonio and try my favorite at the Granary so you can either be enlightened, or at least informed enough for a social media argument.

TEXAS

Cattleack Barbecue, Dallas – Brisket Pastrami

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Kenny & Ziggy’s Deli, Houston – Pastrami on Rye
*Closest You’ll Get to NYC in Texas

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Pieous, Austin – Brisket Pastrami Platter

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Romanouska’s Craft Deli, Austin – Romanouska’s Reuben (Pastrami & Corned Beef)

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NEW YORK

2nd Avenue Deli, Manhattan – Pastrami on Rye

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David’s Brisket House, Brooklyn – Pastrami on Rye

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Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, Manhattan – Pastrami w/ Apricot Chutney and Cheddar
*Best New School Pastrami Sandwich

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Harry & Ida’s, Manhattan – Pops Pastrami
*Most Like Texas Barbecue Outside Texas

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Hobby’s Delicatessen, New Jersey – #5 Pastrami and Corned Beef w/ Cole Slaw and Russian Dressing

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Katz’s Delicatessen, Manhattan – Pastrami on Rye
*The OG is anything but a Tourist Trap

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Lambs Club, Manhattan – Pastrami on Toasted Rye

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Liebman’s Delicatessen, The Bronx – Pastrami on Rye
*Hidden Gem

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Mile End, Brooklyn & Manhattan – Smoked Meat on Rye
*Might Even be the Best Smoked Meat in Canada

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Pastrami Queen, Manhattan – Pastrami on Rye
*Most Underrated

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ELSEWHERE

Cochon Butcher, New Orleans – Pastrami w/ Sauerkraut on Grilled Rye

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Fumaré Meats, Chicago – Smoked Meat on Rye

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Green Street Smoked Meats, Chicago – Pastrami

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Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen, Portland – Pastrami Reuben

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Langer’s Delicatessen, Los Angeles – #19 Pastrami, Slaw, Russian Dressing, and Swiss Cheese on Rye
*Best Bread

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Wexler’s Deli, Los Angeles – Pastrami on Rye
*Best in the West

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  • Terry

    If you make it to Milwaukee to try the Milwaukee Rib, check out Jake’s Deli in Milwaukee. They’ve branched out a bit since I ate their, but their pastrami was really good.

  • DJK

    No Slyman’s?

  • Phil Minkin

    The pastrami(they make their own) sandwich at Limesstone Pizza in Lawrence, Kansas (and I’ve been to Katz’s and Langers) is the best I’ve had.

  • It would have been worth your time to visit General Muir in Atlanta. They have spectacular jewish pastrami.

  • twinwillow

    Hey! What are we in Dallas? Chopped liver?
    We’ve got Deli-News! Arguably, the best pastrami this side of NYC.
    http://delinewsdallas.com/

  • Thomas Dick

    You need to go into the Vienna Distributing Company in Cleveland… you’ll eat two pounds of pastrami before you get to your car.