This posting is specifically for those of you who came from homes that seemed to have a few jars of gefilte fish perpetually stored in the pantry yet were rarely (if ever) opened... those who grew up with parents who made chicken foot soup and who talked about the glory days of spreading schmaltz on bread. I'm really curious to see your lists of the Jewish deli menu items that you feel Brent's prepares well.
The reason I ask this is because I've been there a few times and have never been quite so impressed with the place as others here are-- certainly not in the way that I am impressed by Langer's pastrami over the surprisingly meager offerings that I grew up with (and let's not even discuss the pastrami during my 'kosher-lean' years while I was attending the University of Missouri... what passes for pastrami there is entirely apocryphal)
I have had some good soups at Brent's there, but the pastrami doesn't hold a candle to Langer's, they don't serve belly lox (the nova is okay but unexceptional). I do like their rye bread. I ordered the potato latkes once and found them way too soft, not crispy at the edge like they should be, and filled with way too much matzo meal so the flavor was more bland matzo than potato/onion. In addition I found the chopped liver ok but too bland... I did a side by side comparison with Langer's chopped liver once and you would be surprised how much more flavor Langer's rendition has, bite for bite. (has anyone else ever done this test?)
I defer to your collective back-east tastes... I am still open to the fact that perhaps Brent's merely does an adequate rendition of NY/NJ Jewish family favorites and that my expectations are too high.
Please list your absolute favorites (and your not-so-favorites) I eagerly anticipate your responses!