last week's posts about costello's which segued into a brief discussion on cold comfort cafe prompted me to revisit the place, it's been awhile. i was glad i did. deli's are strangely scarce in this city and tho ccc may only be a few years old, it feels right.no wicker park minimalism or attitude. its a long narrow storefront, very high tin ceilings, natural woodwork everywhere. tables along one wall facing the deli cases. there's even a simple, but pleasant garden with tables out back. i'm happy to report i was wrong when i posted that most of their meats were boar's head. they have very good pastrami (didnt try the corned beef) from sy ginsberg of detroit. i'm not familiar with the brand, but it was just fatty enough for flavor, but with plenty of juicy meat. i also tried a terrific and messy eggplant, roasted red pepper and spinach sandwich served on a bolo( i think that should be bolillo), a square thin loaf sliced open and filled.
they've been adding new sandwiches like mad,which have painfully cute names tho the fillings can be quite imaginative. my friend paul loves the 'who is che guevarra', hot turkey pastrami, feta, spinach on grilled italian bread, with olive oil, garlic and oregano. they try to vary the breads, using tortillas, rye,foccacia, etc. one of the strangest-for all you hot dog lovers is 'torta de kosher salchicha', which translates to 2 kosher dogs cut into strips, grilled, served on toasted bolo with chipolte sauce, mozzarella and mayo(they may have gone to far with this one, could someone else can try it and report back, please).
i'm inspired to go back for the homemade corned beef hash, as breakfast is served all day. and the iced tea refills are unlimited. joan
cold comfort cafe, 2211 w. north ave. (773)772-4552