Transcoastal human that I am (a Californian trapped in the body of a New Yorker) from time to time the urge for pastrami and other Jewish soul food becomes overwhelming, an itch that must be scratched. Living in Long Beach means that I end up travelling a fair distance for deli food that's mediocre at best.
Last night was one of those nights, 'cept I made a discovery of truly Chowish proportions. We have been going to Katella Deli for years, cause it's pretty much the only Jewish-style deli near us, but it's essentially deli methadone (quells the craving but doesn't really satisfy the way, say, Second Ave Deli might...) While we were waiting for a table I wandered in to the bakery, ordered a hard salami, a loaf of corn rye, and a box of Diamond Crystal to go. Then I started perusing the amazing variety of cookies and pastries. Hmmm, I said to myself, this stuff looks quite edible...
I have been disapointed so many times by baked goods on the West Coast, but I gamely ordered a slew of rugalach, some shortbready little linzer tortes covered in powdered sugar, more rugalach. Didn't taste any of it until we got home.
I couldn't believe my tongue. Not only was this stuff edible, it was some of the best Jewish-style pastry I have ever eaten. I gave some to Miz Elyse, Mistress of the Garden, and her eyes got wide, too. All I can say is try it soon...
Katella Deli - Restaurant
4470 Katella Ave
Los Alamitos 90720
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