April 02, 2015
As a kid, I had my first pastrami at the original Wolfie’s in Miami Beach, and many times thereafter at their location in St Petersburg. A close second to my memory of Wolfie’s is the existing Lenny’s Deli in Clearwater.
Once you place your order they bring you a complimentary deli salad tray of 3 items that could include: slaw, beets, pickles, macaroni salad, or thick round slices kosher dills. This salad tray is a great touch, reminiscent of the good New York City delis of yester -year.
In addition to Wolfie’s, my favorite New York deli’s are Katz, Carnegie. Artie’s and 2nd Avenue. In the 80’s I remember stopping by Katz Deli on the way to the airport to pick up some pastrami and a bag of rye – to bring on my Delta flight back home. Well, as luck would have it – the pilot saw the bag, told me I’d get bumped to first class if I shared. All the flight crew and I enjoyed hot pastrami sandwiches on rye…it was the best flight ever.
Lenny’s has been a landmark since 1958 with the same ownership today. The wait staff is fun and inviting, the décor is surrounded with signed pictures of celebrities and memorabilia, and the Danish Basket is a must whether you are having lunch or breakfast…you can bring it home and enjoy in front of the TV.Lenny’s Deli Serving breakfast and lunch all day 6:00am to 3:00pm – everyday 21220 US Highway 19 North Clearwater, Florida 33765 (727) 799-0402