Josh's Delicatessen and Appetizing

9517 Harding Ave.
Surfside, FL 33154
Critics' Pick
Best Of


  • Daily 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
  • $$
  • Wheelchair accessible, Catering, Delivery, Kid Friendly, Takeout
  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Metered Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
Not even New York delicatessens are as authentic as Josh's. It's amazing to see thick cuts of house-cured pastrami gleaming with moisture and capped with ribbons of fat. The Angus brisket is cured for ten days, smoked, and then steamed; it evokes a smoky flavor (with a hint of sweetness) that puts it on a peppery par with great barbecue (although a closer parallel might be with the sort of pastrami served in Montreal). The corned beef too is miles apart from the thin, pallid, fat-free strands of meat that nowadays pass for the original cut. It's Angus brisket meat that's cured, braised, and thick-sliced into juicy, chewy wedges. All sandwiches come on thin slices of seed-flecked rye bread spread with dazzling yellow mustard -- like everything else, made on premises. All the meats and all the fish are cured and/or smoked in-house. Owner Josh Marcus makes the sour pickles too, as well as the chopped liver, the whitefish salad, the stuffed cabbage, the gefilte fish, and even the bagels, which is crazy (in a good way). Miami doesn't have another deli like this one, and neither do most other cities.

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