Feldman’s Deli: A Sandwich for Lunch, and Late Lunch

Feldman's Deli Menu

Often, I am driving down the road and a restaurant will catch my eye. It’s my greatest distraction, or inspiration; whichever way you see it. This happened with Chanon Thai, Bruges, Ali Baba Kabab & Curry (I will eat there soon) and recently, Feldman’s Deli. It is incredibly stressful to think about what I saw, where and most importantly, how soon I can eat there.

Any restaurant with the name “Deli” in it makes you wonder what kind of delicious sandwiches creations are inside. The excitement and potential anxiety is like waiting to hear back on your taxes. Will you get a refund & go on vacation or owe money and tell your kids that they better make plans for community college? Walking into a Deli is knowing it will be the pinnacle of culinary delight or a total disappointment; no middle ground.

Feldman's Sloppy Joe 1

This is Lunch

Feldman’s is tucked into a strip mall in the Upper Sugarhouse/Millcreek area of Salt Lake. They market themselves as a New York Style Delicatessen offering a variety of Jewish Deli Sandwiches. Currently, no other restaurants in Salt Lake offer authentic Jewish deli standards with traditional Eastern European specialties. Sounds delicious doesn’t it?

The menu isn’t large but does not need to be. There are Soups, Salads and Starters such as Potato Pancakes, Knish (potato & onion filled pastry), Gefilte Fish and Kishka. These will have to wait for my follow up visit. Today I was drawn to the most important section of the menu, “1/2 Lb Sandwiches.” I was hoping to order the Hot Pastrami, Hot Corned Beef, Corned Beef Reuben, Sloppy Joe and Turkey & Roast beef. Spending $54 on lunch leaves you sleeping in car however so I went with the Sloppy Joe.

No, it’s not ground beef and onions cooked in canned tomato sauce served over hamburger buns. This “Sloppy Joe” has corned beef, pastrami, thousand island & cole slaw. Each sandwich has a side choice of French Fries, Cole Slaw or Potato Salad.

Feldman's Sloppy Joe 2

This will be Late Lunch

The Sloppy Joe was amazing, and very large. I could only finish half of it but couldn’t wait for a mid-afternoon snack to devour the remaining half. Each ingredient: bread, corned beef, pastrami, thousand island & cole slaw were all perfect. None of them overpowered the other. Cole slaw and thousand island is usually powerful on it’s own. They do a magical job of making it delicious but allowing the other flavors to be present. It was as if I was in another world while eating this sandwich. What a wonderful creation.

The Potato Salad was pretty good. It had a good amount of garlic and fresh parsley. Overall, it was a fabulous potato salad. So many are bland and disinteresting.

Feldman's Deli Mason Jar

A Mason Jar for your beverage needs

Thank you Feldman’s for a delicious sandwich and experience. The Owner, Mike Feldman, was walking around making sure that everyone was enjoying their meal. Part of that great experience was drinking from a mason jar.

Feldman’s Deli, 2005 East 2700 South, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84109

Happy Eating
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BRUGES WAFFLES & FRITES; And a Machine Gun Sandwich!

While driving through the Sugarhouse neighborhood, I noticed that a recently seedy gas station was now bright and inviting. There was not time to look for too long. I was driving and you can’t focus on the road, write e-mails, update facebook, and look around for restaurants all at the same time. You need to eliminate at least one of those.

Thankfully I am driving on this road often and was able to look more thoroughly the next time. In nice yellow and maroon colors read the sign, Bruges Waffles & Frites. The place looked wonderful. Too bad it was only 8:00am and my first lunch of the day doesn’t start until at least 9:45am.

A few weeks later I made it here for lunch. The Waffles looked delicious and like they could also be dessert. The “Frites & Co” section of the menu also looked wonderful. It’s that recurring dilemma of what to order, how much, and when can I come back?

The Machine Gun Sandwich

The Machine Gun Sandwich sounded particularly fitting to my personality that day. It’s a hearty lamb merguez sausage served on a fresh baguette, stuffed with their famous fries and smothered with Andalouse sauce. What honestly sold me on this sandwich was the sauce. I didn’t even read what it was, just went on impulse. Later I read the sauce menu; Andalouse: Mayonnaise with fresh red bell pepper, fresh basil, mustard, cayenne pepper, seasonings.

Sauce Menu

The lamb merguez falls somewhere in between a brat and gyro meat; both good things. It really gets lost in the baguette but stuff it with fries, drizzle with sauce and you have a party. The fries truly are heaven sent and are as good as the fries at Yanni’s; a perfect crispy outside, fluffy inside combination with great flavor.

Their sauce selection alone could make your shoe, belt, shirt, or that weird relatives cooking taste good. You can choose from Lemon Pepper Dill, Zensation, Brasil, Curry, Zango and Samurai among others.

Found the Lamb Merguez Sausage hidden in there

I look forward to returning soon to indulge in their waffle selections. That is if Fiddler’s Elbow or Fat’s Grill don’t divert me on the way. It’s a great Foodie neighborhood.

2314 South Highland Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84106

Happy Eating

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Another 30 Minutes of Work Accomplished Today!

Yes, this is a blog about food. But I also love to look at what started me on this journey of finding out what I truly love. We all have life experiences which are very educational and most often enjoyed in restrospect. Here is one of mine.

In 2003, I graduated with a Business Finance degree from the University of Utah. At that time I was working as a Teller for Bank One, now Chase. I applied for numerous jobs within the bank but no positions were offered. My wife was back in school, our savings was running low and I was feeling desperate.

Finally I interviewed with a mortgage loan servicing company. The interview went very well and two days later I was extended an offer. I accepted the job over the phone but couldn’t ignore the sick feeling that I had inside of me. For two weeks I justified the feeling; telling myself that we needed the money and this was an answer to prayers.

On a Monday morning I showed up for work, putting on a good face while the sick feeling still resonated. They trained me but honestly, not much training was required. If you have seen the movie “Office Space,” my job was very similar.

It was my responsibility to copy the loan number from a spreadsheet, pull it up in the company’s software and see if the borrower’s were current on their taxes and insurance. If they were current, I typed “FINA;” If they were not current, I sent an e-mail to an employee in another department. That was it!

On my first day, I could analyze 400 loans. By my last day, 8 1/2 months later, I could still analyze 400 loans. Why no improvement you ask? I soon learned that if I finished a spreadsheet, then I got another spreadsheet sent to me.

This was so frustrating to me. I am an incredibly hard worker but my motivation was zero. There was no variety and my anxiety and unhappiness started to manifest itself physically. I was out of shape and getting heavier by the day. To cope with my unhappiness I drank 1 or 2 super big gulps of Dr. Pepper per day. I also usually ate fast food and snacked on candy all day.

It was so exhausting to look busy. How to fill 7 1/2 hours a day was incredibly draining both physically and emotionally. Most of the people in my department surfed the internet all day. One guy would have phone interviews for other jobs while he was sitting next to our manager.

Ultimately, I was having borderline suicidal thoughts, my wife disliked being around me and I was going crazy. I took the jump and quit with no guarantee of anything or even another job.
Lesson here: listen to those feelings within. They are telling you something.

Will Vacation Food Kill Me?

Hometown slop was on the road this past week. Nothing is more fun than watching your good eating habits diminish and your exercise routine vanish. Fun until you return home and attempt to get back in shape.

Road food is wonderful even if it can be unhealthy. Here are some of the culinary delights we enjoyed:

Old Timey Burger at Slater’s 50/50. Yes, the meat is 50% beef, 50% bacon on a Brioche Bun. Very Delicious!

Bacon Mac & Cheese Hot Dog at Disneyland

Appetizer Platter at Slater’s 50/50: Sweet Potato Fries, Beer-Battered Onion Rings and Deep Fried Mac & Cheese Balls

Hearty Chili in a Sourdough Bread Bowl at Disneyland

Complimenting the Chef who made some of these dishes possible.

Happy Eating, whether at home or on the road.

Announcement #1, Addendum 2.

Okay, I know that the title to this post can be misleading. Yes, there is another announcement coming but it’s not quite ready.

Last week I wrote about Suprise Announcement #1. These are exciting times and today I am adding that City Weekly picked up another article of mine. Thai food has been an addiction of sorts for me; especially one dish: Tom Yum Gai Soup. Some people have a goal to scale Mt. Everest. Others to visit every country in the world. For me, I want to eat at every Thai restaurant in the Salt Lake Valley. Oh the wonders that await.

Searching for Tom Yum Gai Perfection

Please read it, rate it, comment on it. I appreciate your participation greatly.

Happy Eating

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