I finally tried Saul's in Berkeley yesterday and I had a fantastic pastrami sandwich, the best in the bay area by far in my opinion. In trying to find something that can compare to Katz' and Carnegie I've tried them all... Minnie's, Moishe's, The Refuge, MIller's, Tommy's Joynt. Usually when I want a fix I go to Moishe's and it does the trick if I can get some fat on it. I've liked them all except for the Refuge, I don't understand all the praise.
Anyhow, I got the "Old Style" Pastrami sandwich which is 9 oz of pastrami. I meant to order rye but I think I forgot and it cam on sourdough (either that or their rye is a bit sour). In any case the bread was fantastic with a nice crusty crust. The pastrami was nice and fatty, I think it's hand carved or sliced thick with just the right spicing and great salty flavor. Good pastrami should melt in your mouth and that's just what this pastrami did.
My only complaint would be the price ($17.95!), which I think could've been about $4 cheaper but then again all the high class pastrami sandwiches are pricy. Honestly I'm just glad I can get a sandwich this good around here, it's worth it to me.
So that being said, why all the hate? Where else can you get a pastrami sandwich this good?