Q. Where is there a great Jewish deli in San Antonio like the ones I used to find in New York?
A. Unfortunately, you’re probably going to have to go back to New York for that true Jewish deli experience.
Jewish delis have not been successful here, though there have been numerous attempts over the years. The most recent, Marty’s New York Deli at Loop 1604 and Blanco Road, closed after only a few months.
There are numerous places that use the word deli in their name, but this won’t be the home of pastrami on rye with a dill spear on the side that tastes quite like what you’re hankering for. The same is true of the bagel places in town. The food may be good, but it’s just not the same.
One place you might want to check out is Pita Loca at the Jewish Community Center, 12500 N.W. Military Hwy. at Wurzbach Parkway. When I called over there, the woman who answered had obviously heard the question before and confirmed that she knew of no place, either.
But she did say Pita Loca offered a deli sandwich of the day and that it was open to the public. The eatery is open for lunch and dinner Sunday-Thursday and lunch only on Friday.
Readers, do you have any suggestions? What restaurants in town come closest for you in providing New York-style deli food? Post your answers below.
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