Recent family medical stuff left us on a daily run from Carmichael to Roseville. Second morning, when I just couldn’t do Bella Bru, I found a place listed as “Bubbie’s Love Bistro”, in Citrus Heights (Sunrise & Antelope) with good Yelp. Man, are we glad we took the eastern route that ran by Bubbie’s!
Located in a small obscure strip mall, across from a Leatherbys and on the east end of the building, is Bubbie’s Love Kosher Deli. Look for the pawn broker next door. It’s simple, and only seats 24 when there is an ass on every barstool at the small counter. But out of that small space, Stacie, the owner, is cooking up some wicked real deal deli meals.
You kind of can’t go wrong here.
The latkes were flavourful, with the right amount of onion, and not greasy. They are served with the classic sour cream and a slight twist. Instead of applesauce you get apple butter from Apple Hill. Imagine a cross between apple cider syrup and old school apple butter. Ohhh good stuff.
They serve that apple butter syrup on the in house blintz as well. Traditional thick filling, with a dash of cinnamon, wrapped in tender crepes and topped with a choice of fruits; Apple butter, blueberries (my fav) strawberry or cherry. Two will fill you up.
The corned beef is done in house and the brisket is shredded or sliced into hash, Rubens, or a brisket plate, as appropriate. Tender, delicious, moist. One note on the hash; Great balance of potato and onion and corned beef, but the beef was shredded smaller that I prefer, and I missed that slightly meaty bite in the hash. There was plenty of meat there and if you like it shredded fine you are good to go. Actually, you are good to go anyway, because it was delicious. Just a personal preference.
The Ruben in particular needs a solo call out. The dark rye is filled with a mountain of shaved corned beef, Swiss, sauerkraut and their own house made Russian dressing. Grilled to a perfect crisp outside and a tender melded interior. A good Ruben is thing of beauty and this one is museum quality.
On the weekend they expand the menu a bit, and do a Benedict that is as good as any I have ever gotten outside my own kitchen. No easy trick to hold a GOOD hollandaise stable for restaurant service, but they do it. Order the eggs how you like them. They know the difference between easy, medium and hard. I ask for the muffins to be toasted twice because I like a bit of crunch under it all.
Biscuits are tall and light and delicious. Perfect balance of leavening so there was none of the left over soda flavor many restaurants leave in their dough. I like the sausage gravy, and they have pepper gravy for those who do kosher. The gravy is great consistency, thick enough to stick without being gloppy, but not so thin as to run or make the biscuits soggy. I like a bit stronger a broth base for my gravies, but a little salt balanced the flavor for me fine, and it was excellent.
The country fried steak was hearty, had a nice crisp on the crust and was smothered in just the right amount of that good gravy. Hashbrowns or county potato’s on the side are good too.
They do a mean Denver omelet. I didn’t taste it but Himself scarfed it up. They added onions to his hashbrowns and cooked it extra crisp just how he likes it.
The coffee is Peerless (literally, that’s the brand ; -) and they offer a full espresso bar, so pick your caffeine delivery system of choice. The steamer had a good froth on it. Once I had to ask for them to do it hotter, but they were happy to oblige.
Jewish Penicillin. I mentioned up there that these daily excursions were a result of family medical stuff? My dad had pretty much not eaten for a month and we could not kick start his appetite. Hospital food was NOT going to do for this old school Sicilian guy.
But Bubbie’s Love was. I ate half of my bowl of Matzo soup and got the rest to go. The waitress thoughtfully topped the container up with extra broth. I plunked that bowl of steaming chicken goodness in front of my dad’s mouth, and mid grumble about how he didn’t want any and wasn’t hungry and his stomach was upset he took a slurp to avoid having it poured down his gown. And promptly asked for a spoon. And shut up. And ate. All of it. Followed by a few bites of the Ruben I produced when he finished the Matzo and was looking around for more.
Bubbie’s Love indeed!
7800 Sunrise Blvd, Citrus Heights, CA 95610 (916) 722-7800
Breakfast and Lunch
Mon - Fri: 6am - 3pm
Weekends: 9am - 4pm