2 Northeast Ohio Restaurants Make List of Best Jewish Delicatessens in the U.S.


CLEVELAND, Ohio — Two delis in Cuyahoga County are on the list of the best Jewish delis in the country.

Delicatessens – Cellar in the Hingetown neighborhood of Cleveland and Jack’s Deli in University Heights – were praised by Tasting tablea site focused on food.

It can’t be long before Larder lands in the national spotlight. Co-owner and chef Jeremy Umansky has received many hat tips from the national media. Here’s what TT said in part about Larder:

“What do an ancient Japanese mold called koji, a foraging habit, and Jewish food have in common? Three-time James Beard Award-nominated chef Jeremy Umansky is obsessed with each one. … Alongside their pastry chef and business partner, Allie La Valle Umansky, the duo bring together their nuanced techniques and culinary training to produce favorites like pastrami over rye, fried chicken sandwiches, babka and gefilte fish alongside more unknown items like a veggie board. with pastrami root vegetables and miso cream cheese.”

TT added, “You’d be crazy to visit Cleveland and miss this old-school local hot spot that meets innovation” where the menu changes daily.

“It was a nice surprise,” Umansky said. “Every time something like this happens – you know it’s just wonderful on top of that too, it’s like – ‘Man, I have this little grocery store near the west side of Cleveland, we have 20 seating and…is it really an event?’ I almost have to pinch myself.

Umansky said he knows Adrienne Katz Kennedy, the story writer who has featured Larder in the past, but said he was not interviewed for this list and was pleasantly surprised when the story was published this week.

For Jack’s, the website wrote that the deli “has been a Cleveland staple for all corned beef cravings since 1980. Founded by Jack Markowitz and his sons, the menu originates from Czechoslovakia, where Markowitz grew up. Now run by Jack’s son, Alvie, and business partner Gary, Jack’s… has retained its fairly traditional menu and business. Like Eastern European delicatessens, Jack’s runs a full-service deli serving smoked meats and fish, including house corned beef, a wide range of soups like borscht and barley, and d other products to take away. … A classic corned beef on rye or a Reuben sandwich drizzled with a chocolate phosphate is practically a religious experience.

“To see Jack there,” Umansky added, “I grew up eating at Jack’s. It was really fantastic to see that.”

The list includes 20 delicatessens from 12 states plus the District of Columbia.

Here is the complete list of Tasting Table.

The site bills itself as a “one-stop-shop for all food and drink lovers” with cooking tips, dining tips, recipes, as well as food trends and news.

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