Feldman’s Deli

Feldman's Deli

Feldman’s Deli

I feel the need to set proper expectations before I begin this review.  I understand that I basically only review places I love on this website.  If you have ever seen my womanly figure, it is pretty apparent that I love a LOT of places in Salt Lake City.  So with that said if I were to start rating restaurants on a scale of 1 to 5, then you will probably only read about places I would rate 3 or better on this site.

To further define this, a rating of a 3 is a solid food choice.  A 3 has a few good menu items, and perhaps a few bad ones.  You would frequent a 3 maybe 3-4 times a year.  A 3 isn’t a bad experience by any stretch of the imagination.  You feel you get your money’s worth with a 3 and are satisfied.

A 4 would be considered part of  the inner circle of your close friends.  Anytime you are asked where you want to go eat, you would name off a few of your 4 rated restaurants.  You have had multiple plates at a 4, and  have lots of favorites.  Sometimes it is hard to decide what to order at a 4.  After eating at a 4, you rub your belly and are just generally a happy person.  You would count a 4 as somewhere you would go for a special occasion.

That brings me to the 5 category.  A category 5 you just simply can’t live without.  When you leave a 5, you immediately start to plan when you can return.  If you could spend the rest of your life eating category 5 food, you would do so gladly.  You sometimes dream about category 5 food.  A category 5 is an out-of-body experience.  I admit that I like a lot of places in Salt Lake, but if you were to ask me how many of the 110+ reviews I have done here I would rank a 5, then that list would probably be 10 or less.  That is less than 10% of the places I have reviewed.  I feel particularly picky about just throwing out a 5.  As a rule of thumb, I don’t like to just willy-nilly throw out a 5 ranking.  Sometimes I like to ponder about what I have eaten, or even visit a few times, so that I know for sure if the restaurant is a true 5 that I can commit to, or if it was just a one-night stand.

I’ve been to Feldman’s Deli one time, and I’m giving it a 5.

What this means to you the reader, is you should probably check your schedule and think about the very next time you are going to be hungry, and plan a visit.  Feldman’s is a new Jewish New York style deli now opened in Mill Creek.  They offer a cuisine that you can’t really get anywhere else in Utah.  The crowned jewel of that cuisine, and something you should probably try on your first visit would be the Sloppy Joe.

Sloppy Joe

Sloppy Joe

This sloppy joe isn’t the Manwich ground beef junk that you may be familiar with.  It is a 1/2 pound of succulent corned beef and pastrami built-in to 3 levels of rye bread, topped with cole slaw and thousand island dressing.  I couldn’t help but order it when I saw it on the menu.  When it arrived, I had to look around to see where the football team was that was going to help me eat this thing.  Yes the price tag of $12.50 is steep for a sandwich, but not this one.  You WILL be absolutely stuffed by the time you are finished, and it tastes so good, you really won’t give a damn how much it cost anyways.  Even the fries were done appropriately, going through a blanching and double fry process.  They were delicious.

No I will NOT move on to the next item.  The Feldman Sloppy Joe is amazing.  Easily in my top 3 sandwich of all-time, and probably the yummiest thing I’ve had this year.

Okay moving on.

The menu

The menu

There are a few awesome things that caught my eye in this picture.  First the dude in the Dunder Mifflin shirt deserves props for wearing an awesome shirt.  Secondly, see that plate sitting on the counter?  See how the light is shining off those pastries, as if they had just descended out of heaven in a pillar of light?  Probably not too far off.  Those are the freshly made knishes.

Knish

Knish

This is the second time I’ve seen the knish in Salt Lake City, however these are made in the traditional square pastry method.  Pronounced (k-nish), this pastry is filled with potato and onion.  I didn’t order one, but in my defense, I had just pounded a sloppy joe, so I don’t think I should be held accountable.

Feldman’s Deli is an absolute jewel.  It is just opened now, but just wait, soon word is going to get out and this place is going to be bustling with activity.  Get there soon, and you can tell all your friends and family about how wonderful it is.  The sloppy joe is a can’t miss experience!

 

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  1. Reading this review was an emotional experience. Add this place to the growing list that you should feel ashamed for not having taken your father.

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