Shavuot Edition: 11 City/ 2nd Ave News-Off the Broiler-Blintzporn
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Various tidbits to report for you hungry souls.
1. Eleven City Diner the sequel!
I spoke with Brad Rubin last week, the charismatic owner of Chicago’s Eleven City Diner, a retro deli/diner that is a hipster gem (read my take on it here). Brad is esctatic, because he has just confirmed Eleven City will open another location on Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile. It’ll open sometime toward the end of the year, in a 400 seat space, which Rubin promises will be bigger and better and more vast than his south loop gem. But don’t despair deli lovers, Rubin also promises tongue, and says “Don’t think we’ll get modern on your ass!”
God bless the blessed meshugunneh.
1112 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago
Tel: (312) 212-1112
As well, the rebirth of the 2nd Ave Deli is becoming an encroaching reality. See the story on Eater here. My sources say it’ll be sometime in October, after the high holy days are passed. Can’t wait.
2. Blog on Blog Love: Off the Broiler
I returned from a conference in Utah last night to a flood of emails in my inbox from a Mr. Jason Perlow, packed with links, pics, and deli talk. Mr. Perlow is the founder of the foodie supersite eGullet, though now he has his own blog Off the Broiler. Perlow is a deli fan to the core, and has become a Save the Deli fan as well.
He posted a wonderful entry about this site on Off the Broiler, and then proceeded to follow the deli trail and head up to the Bronx to sample Liebman’s. Perlow’s description and photos from the Riverdale eatery are sensational. It makes me want to head back and dive into a tongue sandwich with a sweet cabbage roll on the side. There’s also a killer Flickr gallery to accompany. I highly suggest any deli and food lover check’s out Off the Broiler for some serious New York Eats.
3. … And God Said “Eat a Blintz”
Tonight begins the Jewish festival of Shavuot, the celebration of when the Jews received the Torah from you know who on Mt. Sinai. Baruch Hashem. For deli lovers, Shavuot is the time to feast on dairy products (put the corned beef down for a few days!), like cheesecake and my favorite, cheese blintzes. In honor of this, I’m going to include some blintz porn. Enjoy.