Maybe someone here can help me clarify a very fuzzy childhood food memory. It dates back to way before any conscious chowhoundism on my part...before language, maybe.
The thing was some kind of meat patty, hamburger-shaped, defintely filled with much bready binder, but not like any meatloaf I've ever had. It had a very specific taste and a sort of firm texture.
My mother bought them for me at a deli on Main St. in Kew Gardens Hills (a neighborhood we moved out of when I was six). The area was predominantly Jewish--though not as Orthodox as it later became--but I'm not sure whether or not the deli itself was specifically Jewish. I always ate them cold, but I have no idea whether this was proper or if I was just always urgently hungry.
I loved those things. It's not so much that I want to find them again, I just want to know what the heck they were.