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Draeger's Kobe beef Pastrami

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Draeger's Kobe beef Pastrami

cheesecakeking | Nov 2, 2011 12:00 PM

Recently the Chronicle had a brief article (copied below) on Draeger's new pastrami. It's expensive but it's worth it. This pastrami is as good as any I've had in New York or anywhere else.
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For the last few months, in the restaurant above San Mateo's Draeger's Market, Viognier chef Preston Dishman has been working on a meaty little side project - pastrami.

But this isn't your grandmother's version. Instead of the usual beef cuts, Dishman has taken pastrami upscale, making his with American kobe beef, creating a very marbled, very tender meat.

His brown sugar brine also lends a sweeter component to distinguish it from more familiar versions. After brining, the meat is air-dried for 24 hours, smoked for 6-10 hours and then slow cooked until ready.

The pastrami is now available for purchase ($15.95/pound) in the deli section of all four Draeger's locations; it's also available as a sandwich on the Viognier bar menu. Down the line, Dishman hopes to roll out more specialty food items, such as corned beef and pulled pork.

Draeger's Market: 222 East Fourth Ave. (at South B Street), San Mateo; (650) 685-3700 or draegers.com. Also available at Viognier Restaurant, above the market, and at Draeger's locations in Menlo Park, Blackhaw, and Los Altos.

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Viognier
222 E. 4th Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401

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