Hubby read an article about this new deli that the Peppermill put in at their sports book and insisted on going for lunch today. It seemed so far off from his usual favorite fare that I just knew there had to be a story behind his sudden craving...for a minute I thought it was all an elaborate excuse to put a C note down on the Bears to cover. But no, it turns out that when he lived in Chicago he and his coworkers had a Friday afternoon tradition of pastrami on rye and Heinekins (sp?) at Berghoff's. (Not sure that's spelled right either..). So of course he ordered a pastrami on rye and the beer. I had smoked brisket with horseradish sauce.
This is strictly a casual place: you stand in line, order your sandwhich, and then either take it to go or find a table at the bar or the sports book. (You can get a soft drink, including some cream sodas and interesting rootbeers, at the deli, but the beer you have to get from the bar). The sandwhiches are HUGE; we still weren't hungry at dinnertime. However, they aren't cheap either: around 10 bucks for most of them. And its not just a New York theme: there are a couple of Chicago options: A "Wrigley Field" dog (with typical Chicagoan condiments), and an Italian beef sandwhich. (Thanks to recent discussions on the Home Cooking Board, I actually knew what these are!).
Bottom line: decent but not great. Jerry says that Berghoff's need not fear the competition. The pastrami was lean and juicy but not very flavorful. The brisket was pretty good, but my request for extra horseradish sauce was not honored. Actually, the best part of the meal were the sides: good coleslaw and wonderful, garlicky pickles. The pickles are the real deal.
They have some wonderful looking deserts (New York Cheesecake, Coconut Cream pie, etc) in the deli case, but I wonder who could possibly eat one after finishing an entire sandwhich....