The Shil-Shul Diaries

The story begins in a cramped booth at the "faux" New York deli 'Noshville' in Nashville TN on a blustry day after thanksgiving November Friday day in 2008. In between my wife, Rachel, and my brother, Michael, I sat across from my "cooler than me" cousins Mark and Sarah, and Sarah's just as cool husband, Danny. Mark, who lives the awesome life being a lawyer living in San Francisco working for Facebook, with his only downfall being his SEVERE lactardation..which has never been medically or scientifically proven to exist in Mark.. Sarah and Danny are foodies from NYC who have tried every dive "chicken finger" hut and "curry on a stick" in the big city. Danny and Sarah had discussed that they were trying to go to as many places from Bobby Flay's 'Throwdown' show as they could, and that there was one in Nashville we had to try.....a place that I had never heard of in my 13 years of living there..I will get to that adventure later.

I got an idea from my cool cousins idea. An idea became a hobby. And the hobby became an obsession. And thus produced the list.....a world-famous spreadsheet...of every restaurant that has ever been featured on Food Network and Travel Channel....every restaurant from the famous shows like "Throwdown", "Man V. Food", "Man v. Food Nation", "Food Feuds", "Food Wars", "Best Thing I Ever Ate", and "Diners Drive-Ins and Dives" to the obscure "Best Food Ever", "Meat and Potatoes", and "101 Best Places to Chowdown", plus my additions of the restaurants of famous chefs and local places of legend. Names, cities, food they are famous for, and addresses. It was and still is an obsession. As of 9:24am on January 7th, 2015, THE LIST HAS 3,116 RESTAURANTS ON IT...WITH A FEW OVERLAPS HERE AND THERE. And then over Pastrami Eggs Benedict at Nate N' Al's Deli in Beverly Hills, Hannah and Andrew, our good friends, gave me the idea of the blog. Document every place I went. And thus, "The Shil-Shul Diaries" was born. I will log the places, the shows they are from, and what I had. So far, every place I have been has been amazing, except two, one being mediocre, and another being down right awful.

If there is a city you have been to, or are going to, or are from and want to know what from my list is in the city, send me a email at shilshuldiaries@gmail.com

Thursday, November 15, 2012

KATZ'S DELI






NEW YORK CITY

MAN VS. FOOD, FOOD WARS, BEST THING I EVER ATE, #5 ON BEST PLACES TO CHOWDOWN, SANDWICH PARADISE, MANLIEST RESTAURANT, BEST SANDWICH IN AMERICA


205 East Houston St., New York, NY 10002
"Pastrami on rye with mustard & Beef salami sandwich"

"Hand-carved pastrami brined and smoked for three days in a salt, pepper, garlic & onion powder and coriander rub. "pastrami on rye" with mustard and corned beef sandwich served with half-sour pickles, matzo ball soup, grilled hot dogs and knishes"

"If you’re visiting New York City, Katz’s Deli is definitely a spot you need to hit. This famous deli is known for its legendary corned beef sandwich and pastrami on rye. Meg Ryan really enjoyed eating at Katz’s in When Harry Met Sally."

BEST DELI EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI I HAVE EVER BEEN TO!!! SO THAT'S ALL I NEED TO SAY ABOUT THAT!!

MY TCB (TITANS CULINARY BROTHER) MATT FLEISCHER ONCE SAID "THIS IS NOT A MEAL, NOT A GOOD MEAL, GREAT MEAL, INCREDIBLE, MEAL, AMAZING MEAL, THE BEST MEAL.  THIS IS A TRULY OUT OF BODY CULINARY EXPERIENCE"

FAMOUS FOR TWO THINGS....1. SINCE WORLD WAR II THIS PLACE HAS HAD SALAMIS HANG FROM THE CEILING WITH THE SLOGAN “Send a salami to your boy in the Army.” MY BROTHER MICHAEL DECIDED TO BUY ONE AND SEND HOME TO OUR DOG, GINGER, FOR HER BIRTHDAY...WHICH WAS A DELIGHT FOR GINGER, A DISASTER FOR MY PARENTS.  2. THIS PLACE IS THE SCENE OF WHEN HARRY MET SALLY  AND MEG RYAN FAKED HER ORGASM AND THE DIRECTOR, ROB REINER, MOTHER SAID "I'LL HAVE WHAT SHE IS HAVING"

SERIOUSLY THOUGH...GREAT JEWISH DELI! GREAT FOOD! GREAT EXPERIENCE!


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