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You asked for it: Back by popular demand, here are even more of your favorite South Florida Jewish delis

The matzoh ball soup at Mitch's Downtown Bagel Cafe in Fort Lauderdale, one of many delis recommended by our readers. (Mike Stocker/South Florida ֱ)
The matzoh ball soup at Mitch’s Downtown Bagel Cafe in Fort Lauderdale, one of many delis recommended by our readers. (Mike Stocker/South Florida ֱ)
Lois K. Solomon, reporter for the South Florida ֱ
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Don’t mess with South Florida’s Jewish-deli lovers. They’re an opinionated bunch who are loyal to their favorite matzo ball soups and the many old-school indulgences brought to America by their Eastern European forebears.

After the ֱ’s recent publication of a sampling of Jewish delis in Broward and Palm Beach counties, patrons made sure to let us know about ones we had left out. So here are the delis they said we missed, along with their comments about what to order and why.

Delis may be closing all over America, but devoted South Florida noshers are keeping these kosher-style eateries in business, ensuring they can get a good pastrami sandwich (hold the mustard) for years to come.

BROWARD COUNTY

1st Street Deli in Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 NW 40th St.; 954-977-6700;

After a few hours of gambling, why not indulge in some comfort food? 1st Street has Grandma’s Meatloaf ($17), a lox platter ($19), potato latkes ($10) and matzo ball soup ($5 for one matzo ball, $7 for two). Burgers, sandwiches, salads and fancier large platters are also on the menu.

Broadway Bagels, 10085 Cleary Blvd., Plantation; 954-424-3905; 

According to diner Rick Knee of Sunrise: “Broadway Bagels is a small restaurant that puts out terrific deli sandwiches as well as the other recognizable deli mainstays. There aren’t a lot of deli restaurants in the western part of Plantation, but I find this one very good.”

  • Owner Adam Shidlofsky displays some of the sandwiches offered at...

    Owner Adam Shidlofsky displays some of the sandwiches offered at Mitch's Downtown Bagel Cafe in Fort Lauderdale. (Mike Stocker/South Florida ֱ)

  • The Reuben sandwich and fries at Mitch's Downtown Bagel Cafe...

    The Reuben sandwich and fries at Mitch's Downtown Bagel Cafe in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, February 1, 2024. (Mike Stocker/South Florida ֱ)

  • The matzoh ball soup at Mitch's Downtown Bagel Cafe in...

    The matzoh ball soup at Mitch's Downtown Bagel Cafe in Fort Lauderdale, one of many delis recommended by our readers. (Mike Stocker/South Florida ֱ)

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    Mitch's Downtown Bagel Cafe in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024. (Mike Stocker/South Florida ֱ)

  • Mitch's Downtown Bagel Cafe in Fort Lauderdale offers a variety...

    Mitch's Downtown Bagel Cafe in Fort Lauderdale offers a variety of deli options on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024. (Mike Stocker/South Florida ֱ)

  • The Pastrami sandwich at Mitch's Downtown Bagel Cafe in Fort...

    The Pastrami sandwich at Mitch's Downtown Bagel Cafe in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024. (Mike Stocker/South Florida ֱ)

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    The black and white cookies at Mitch's Downtown Bagel Cafe in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024. (Mike Stocker/South Florida ֱ)

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    Mitch's Downtown Bagel Cafe in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024. (Mike Stocker/South Florida ֱ)

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Mitch’s Downtown Bagel Cafe, 540 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 754-779-7599;

The Nova Supreme, with nova, scallion cream cheese, tomatoes, onions and capers on a bagel, goes for $18. A hot corned beef sandwich costs $16.50; if you want it lean, it’s $18.50. A combo of any two meats in a sandwich is $18. You can also check out the smoked fish, soups, knishes and potato pancakes (two for $12). The same owner, Adam Shidlofsky, also operates in Weston.

New York Marina Deli, 1453 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-524-3354;

Jack Miller of Pompano Beach, who describes himself as a “2nd generation South Florida Jew and legend in my own mind,” says he is a veteran deli connoisseur: “As an old school Jew from Miami Beach (Miami Beach High alum) and one who has also had real New York deli such as the Carnegie, Katz’s, and Ratner’s, I know my way around a good pastrami or corned beef sandwich. They make their own knishes, not only with potato, but also spinach, and a crazy good brisket-filled knish.”

Some of the food at the re-opened New York Marina Deli in Fort Lauderdale Monday afternoon.
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Some of the tasty offerings at New York Marina Deli in Fort Lauderdale. (Taimy Alvarez / South Florida ֱ file)

NY Deli, 3916 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-566-2616; 

Promising “a taste of New York in South Florida,” NY Deli serves Grandma Shirley’s chicken soup ($10 a quart), homemade potato knishes ($4.50), a pastrami sandwich ($16) and an assortment of egg dishes, salads, burgers and melts. According to one patron who posted in “,” the South Florida ֱ’s foodie Facebook group: “I had the Friday Burger Special … only $10 with fries and a drink too. (They also gave me a taste of their homemade brisket). Excellent! Easy, free parking too.”

Pickle Barrel, 133 E. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach; 954-427-0650;

Richard Goldman of Fort Lauderdale describes Pickle Barrel as “the most ‘New York’ of the delis you listed. Gigantic sandwiches. Open since 1974!” The menu includes corned beef, roast beef, brisket, pastrami and tongue sandwiches, as well as ham, liverwurst and Philly cheesesteaks. Call for prices; the menu says “Pricing Subject to Change Without Notice.”

Rob’s Bageland, multiple Broward locations;

Eric Ackerman of Coral Springs waxed poetic as he described his beloved hangout, where he eats at least twice a week: “The allure of Rob’s Bageland lies not just in its delectable array of dishes but in the profound sense of belonging and tradition it fosters. The food, from the savory chicken, tuna, and egg salads to the premium deli meats and soul-soothing matzo ball soup, is always remarkable. The crispy fries, a personal favorite, never fail to add a delightful crunch to the meal. The breakfast offerings, though not my usual choice, exude enticing aromas and receive rave reviews from fellow diners. Additionally, the bagels at Rob’s are a testament to their craftsmanship, perfectly embodying the essence of a true New York-style bagel with their crisp exterior and soft, chewy interior.”

Top Hat Deli, 415 NE Third St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-900-3896;

According to Bruce Weihe of Fort Lauderdale: “The best deli, by far, especially for downtown Fort Lauderdale, is the Top Hat Deli — for the best pastrami, the best matzo ball soup, the best presentations, and the most enjoyable experience. I love the pastrami and Swiss on grilled sourdough, because the taste is superb. The service is sorta pushy but always fun.”

TooJay's NY-style Jewish pastrami sandwich is pictured during a reception/party for the newest TooJay's location at Dania Pointe complex in Dania Beach on Monday July 8, 2019. Jennifer Lett South Florida ֱ
TooJay’s NY-style Jewish pastrami sandwich is pictured during a 2019 reception. (Jennifer Lett/South Florida ֱ file)

PALM BEACH COUNTY

Gourmet Deli House, 7117 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth Beach; 561-965-1605;

Open since 1974, Gourmet Deli House serves an $18 pastrami sandwich and a $9 quart of chicken matzo ball soup. According to Deanna Albert of West Palm Beach: “Highly recommend the Gourmet Deli House on Lake Worth Road, just east of Florida’s Turnpike. Excellent kosher-style deli including a great bakery. Does catering and delivery. Great corned beef, pastrami and turkey, salads, you name it! Just used it for holiday party and everyone loved it.”

Poppies, 4900 Linton Blvd., Delray Beach; 561-498-4900;

The Early Bird Special is not dead yet! Poppies has a “Sunset Menu,” available until 5:30 p.m., where you can find old-country comfort foods such as Stuffed Cabbage ($22.95) and Braised Brisket ($25.95), with soup or salad, side dish, drink and dessert included. The traditional menu is lengthy and includes blintzes, knishes, potato pancakes, chopped liver and, of course, “overstuffed” deli sandwiches ($16.95-$24.95).

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

TooJay’s, multiple locations in Broward and Palm Beach counties;

TooJay’s began on the island of Palm Beach in 1981 and now has 20 locations throughout the state. “They have matzo ball soup, blintzes, latkes, knishes, chopped liver, pastrami, brisket, Nova salmon, and so much more,” said Lynne Brownstein Caggiano, a regular from Tamarac. “My family and I have been eating at TooJay’s for decades (including yesterday) and we just love it.”

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