OK, we didn't exactly go far for dinner. We were staying in the Ace Hotel, just two doors down, but we were jet-lagged and hungry. We had seen many people hunched over enormous sandwiches through the window of this traditional-style deli at lunchtime, and we were surprised to see they were still open at 7:30pm.
So we went in. We liked the simple, homely decor. We liked the smells emanating from the kitchen. We liked the fact that when we decided not to have sodas, the matronly server said, "Nah, you don't need them honey, I'll just keep the water coming."
We looked at the menu. We ordered two hot dogs, and a side order of pastrami fries. The waitress looked at our innocent little faces and told us we'd only need a half portion, as a whole portion of pastrami fries was "pretty big."
Our hot dogs arrived. They were delicious, and stacked with homemade relish. Our fries arrived. The "half portion" was so large we laughed out loud, then stuffed ourselves with the delicious cheese-pastrami-potato concoction until we should by rights have passed out.
We got the check. It came to $14. We blessed Kenny & Zuke's, and all who sail in her.
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Delicious Portland Deli
In the mood for an artisan deli? Kenny and Zuke's in Portland, OR makes their own pastrami, corned beef, rye bread, bagels, bailies, challah, and pickles, among the multitude of other items on the menu. This is the place to go for a hearty, homemade, heartfelt sandwich. The menu also includes alcoholic beverages and a large selection of sodas. Powell's books is just around the corner, making Kenny and Zuke's a perfect lunch option after getting your fill of books.