I mentioned Frishman's Deli (1561 Solano Avenue Berkeley) a few weeks ago in the thread on Jewish deli in the Bay Area. I finally made a visit, and thought I ought to warn people off. They have the right idea, and I was excited when I saw them pull a peppered brisket out to slice the meat for my sandwich, but the execution is miserable.
They were out of tongue, so I ordered pastrami on rye. They cut big fat Specialty's-style slices, and don't put enough pastrami on the sandwich to balance things out, resulting in a very dry sandwich. The pastrami is also of poor quality, more like luncheon meat with a lot of pepper than real pastrami. There was no fat in sight, which is not a good thing for this type of meat. It tasted mostly of salt. My other complaint, although admittedly minor, is that they only have one kind of mustard: French's American. This is not the way to dress a pastrami sandwich.
On this basis, I don't plan on going here again. Next time I'm in the area and need a quick lunch, I'll give Zand a try.
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