Save the Deli

Welcome Back Portland

Rainy? Check.

Bearded dudes? Check.

Amazing food carts? Check.

Home smoked pastrami and freshly baked bagels? Oh you know it.

Yes folks, I’m back in Portland, Oregon, home of Kenny and Zuke’s, and the finest eating town in the land. Tomorrow night I’ll be hosting a very special event at Kenny and Zuke’s, and I’d love for all of you who are nearby to come on out. $15 buys you entry, which includes pastrami, knishes, chopped liver, bagels, and the rest of the works that Kenny and Zuke are laying out for you. I’ll give a talk, sign some books, and happily shmooze.

Want to know more? Check out the advance press:

Says Portland Eater:

Nick A. Zukin–the Zuke in Kenny & Zuke’s–writes in to tell the transom about tomorrow’s pastrami-riffic event. David Sax, Canadian, writer, blogger, and author of Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen, will be spending an hour or two at the downtown deli, right next door to the Ace Hotel, tomorrow evening, starting at six. As Zukin reminds, “David spotlighted Kenny & Zuke’s in Gourmet Magazine as one of two shops that represent the future of delicatessen. He also named Kenny & Zuke’s as one of the top 10 delicatessens in North America.” (That was, just FYI, in Maxim, under the headline Stupid Fun.) Resident New Yorkers have been curious about Kenny & Zuke’s seemingly endless appeal in the face of the slightly fussy deli case and all-around not-yelling-at-you-ness of the staff, but word is that the bagels–from a recipe developed by part-owner and Oregonian writer Michael C. Zusman–are good, and the pastrami verging on Katz’s-worthy.

And listen to Ken Gordon talk about the deli and why you should come out tomorrow, in this interview from KPAM.

What: David Sax Pastrami-Ganza
Where: Kenny & Zuke’s, 1038 SW Stark St
When: February 2nd, 6pm
Cost: $15
RSVP:, or 503.222.3354

3 Responses to “Welcome Back Portland”

  1. Bob Goodman Says:

    How can you interview a writer and not have read his book.
    And to compound it, state that publicly.

  2. august west Says:

    Kenny and Zukes may be the best Portland has to offer but sadly, it’s not good. The pastrami cut is unbelievable! and when I say “unbelievable” I mean it pejoratively. The pickles stink. The service is crummy.
    All in all, it’s a very mediocre place.
    Fortunately, none of this stuff is good for you because there is no good deli in Portland. Rats

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