Potato latkes are topped with apple chutney or crème fraîche, smoked salmon, and salmon caviar. The latkes are of the thin, crisp variety; I like the thicker type, with a bit of soft potato filling inside.

That's less a criticism than a suggestion. I have two others: Forget the roast beef and put brisket on the menu. And if you're going to offer Dr. Brown's black cherry and cream flavors, you have to carry Cel-Ray — not only the world's best celery soda but also the definitive deli beverage.

Josh's Deli is mostly a lunch place, but breakfast here is not exactly chopped liver. I mean, you can get chopped liver for breakfast if you're that sort of person, but you can more sensibly order any of the previously mentioned smoked fish accompanied by cream cheese, capers, tomato, onion, and bagel. Or try the city's tastiest corned beef hash, made with chunks of meat and potato. You can also opt for matzoh brei, or juevos hebreros — fried latkes, poached eggs, and cholent (a beef, barley, and bean stew traditionally served on the Sabbath).

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Josh's Delicatessen and Appetizing

9517 Harding Ave.
Surfside, FL 33154

Category: Restaurant > Deli

Region: North Dade

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Josh's Delicatessen & Appetizing

305-397-8494
facebook.com/joshsdeli

Breakfast and lunch daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Matzoh ball soup $5.95
Gefilte fish $5.95
Smoked whitefish salad $7.95
Pastrami sandwich $9.95
Kevin Corey smoked fish bagel sandwich $10.95

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Years ago, before he passed away in 2008, Jerry's Famous Deli founder Isaac Starkman told me he lamented the replacement of old, fatty cuts of pastrami and corned beef with "cleaned-up" meats. He said you just couldn't sell the real stuff anymore because of modern-day health concerns.

Nowadays, any caloric worries (and really, who goes to a deli for a healthful meal?) are balanced by the public's infatuation with the type of throwback artisanal regional American cuisine being served at Josh's Deli. Marcus is putting out foods he grew up around and feels passionate about, and he's doing it on his own terms. The love comes through.

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Chudzikiewiczherbchodkiewicz
Chudzikiewiczherbchodkiewicz

Lee, the review was first rate except for one point that drives me crazy in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, etc. Surfside is NOT MIAMI BEACH! Why do people insist that anything good is either in Miami Beach (usually ALL called "South Beach") Coconut Grove or Coral Gables! I mean Surfside had its own ABC Network Warner Bros tv show, "Surfside Six" for Heavens' sake. Lets give Mel Schlesser, Charlie Burkett and the guys i n Surfside including the Finvarbs and Bigelmans their due respect. The restaurant is in SURFSIDE! not Miami Beach. But, a good, solid, well written article. Regards from Rome.

JoeGraubart
JoeGraubart

Well, had lunch with a buddy visiting from Vegas yesterday. Had the made to order "Jewban" sandwich and possibly the best crinkle French fries in south Fla. Great atmosphere and friendly greeting. Parking was so easy... With three municipal parking lots just around the corner. Give Josh's Deli a try, joe g

Tony B
Tony B

Great addition to Surfside. Had to use caution unwrapping that pastrami sandwhich on the plane.....that look and smell caused alot of suffering from those without!..........mmmmmmmmmm!

The Federal FDP
The Federal FDP

Congrats!!! Couldn't have happened to a better guy! Great review Lee!

JoeGraubart
JoeGraubart

Can't wait to try Josh's Deli! A nice addition to Surfside's downtown. An easy stroll away from several parking lots. Joe Graubart

josh
josh

thank you Lee.

 
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