This month, Chlodnik [pr: CHLAHD-nik] is on special offer at Caesar's Deli. $3.29/pint.
For those that may be unfamiliar with the item, its cold Borsht. Its usually some variety of the following: beets, buttermilk, scallions, dill, vinegar, diced cucumber, sour cream, chicken stock, vinegar, lemon juice, ham, hard-boiled egg, onions, and so on. Irrespective of the formula, its always served cold.
The obvious suspects in Caesar's version are beets, dill, buttermilk or sour cream, and water or stock. [I can assure you that it doesn't include bits of ham, but it may contain chix stock, so vegetarians be aware.] With your approval, they will chop a hard-boiled egg and add it to the pint. [If you are already considering it, you are throwing dietary caution to the wind, so go with the egg. Trust me.]
Personally, I think the stuff's fabulous. [I know that I'm not the first to rave about it here, on Chowhound.] Unlike much of the Urkanian/Polish repertoire, which I consider to be intrinsically appealing to the American palate, this is a little different. I hope that you will consider it.
Get it while its hot, er...cold.
FWIW, After living in the neighbourhood for awhile, and after having frequented the area's delis many, many times each, I can say that Caesar's is one of the best. Their price points for standard items are a little higher, Chlodnik included, but I think that its readily reflected in the quality.
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