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 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.
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.
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