I feel like the little boy pointing out the emperor has no clothes on, what with all the raving about Caplansky's smoked meat lately. I'm an ex-Montrealer, and I LOVE Schwartz's, and so far the only thing edible here has been Centre st. deli's smoked meat, but yes I realize it's Lester's, etc -it's just better than anything else.
Then Caplansky's arrived -probably the only one in the city actually smoking his own briskets. I've really wanted to like it, but just tried it a second time, and won't be returning. The first time, a couple of months ago, the sandwiches were too dry, but still tasty, and from all the Chowhounder's reports, it sounded like he's been tweaking and improving. So I went with my wife this past saturday with high hopes. This time the sandwich wasn't overly dry, but the SALT almost killed me! Both my wife and I found it incredibly salty, and I even gave the half sandwich we took home a try the next day (cold) - I ate it slowly, really trying to see if I'd been wrong, but no, it was salty in a strange kind of way.
On top of that, the cole slaw we got was almost inedible -it seemed the batch hadn't been stirred, or left to marinate, so there was so little dressing that it was like just eating raw shredded cabbage. Also, the fries were better than our first visit, but the kosher salt on it was overdone (and I like salt on fries!), so between that and the sandwich I felt I needed to stick my head in a bucket of water.
We tried the cabbage borscht, and I liked it, although there was almost no cabbage in it, and the broth didn't have the richness that it should.
Anyway, there's my rant - maybe we just got a bad batch, but have any other people found it unpleasantly salty??