Pastramis Across America

Although San Antonio’s is still superior.

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

 

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

 

Pieous, Austin – Brisket Pastrami Platter

 

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

 

NEW YORK

2nd Avenue Deli, Manhattan – Pastrami on Rye

 

David’s Brisket House, Brooklyn – Pastrami on Rye

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Lambs Club, Manhattan – Pastrami on Toasted Rye

 

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

 

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

 

Pastrami Queen, Manhattan – Pastrami on Rye
*Most Underrated

 

ELSEWHERE

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

 

Fumaré Meats, Chicago – Smoked Meat on Rye

 

Green Street Smoked Meats, Chicago – Pastrami

 

Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen, Portland – Pastrami Reuben

 

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

 

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