Growing up in the Miami suburbs in the '80s, my Brooklyn-born father waxed nostalgic about the wonderful Jewish delis of New York City, and how nothing we had in South Florida came close. He especially missed pastrami sandwiches on club bread, which remains unheard of in Miami. Anyway, on a recent trip to Manhattan (celebrating my first anniversary with my girlfriend), we took a cab to the venerable Katz's Deli on the Lower East Side, which came highly recommended in Chowhound.com's Manhattan forum for the best pastrami sandwiches in the city (and most likely the world). They offered my father's beloved club rolls along with the more common rye, so of course we ordered the sandwiches on club and loved them. It was a mind-blowing experience -- easily one of the top two or three sandwiches I've ever had in my life, and she agreed wholeheartedly.
Well, as much as I would have liked to, it was logistically impossible to buy a big sack of club rolls and ship them home to my dad at the time. I've been to Katz's official website ( http://www.katzdeli.com/shopping/ ), and while they do sell a lot (including their wonderful pastrami and even other baked goods), they don't sell or ship club rolls. How can I get them, short of making friends with a New Yorker and prevailing upon them to hit up Katz's and ship them to me? What makes club bread special or unique, and where can I find it? I live near Orlando, Florida -- not a bastion of fine deli fare, Jewish or otherwise. Any information would be appreciated!