Josh's Deli

9517 Harding Ave.
Surfside, FL 33154
305-397-8494
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  • Daily 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • $$
  • Wheelchair accessible, Catering, Delivery, Kid Friendly, Takeout
  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Metered Parking
  • Reservations Accepted

There are New York delicatessens that don't go as hard 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. The corned beef is cured, braised, thickly sliced Angus brisket cut into juicy, chewy slices — miles apart from the thin, pallid, fat-free strands of meat that nowadays pass for an original cut. All sandwiches come on thin slices of seed-flecked rye bread spread with dazzling yellow mustard — like everything else, made on the premises. All the meats and all the fish are cured and/or smoked in-house. Owner Josh Marcus makes the sour pickles too, alongside wild creations such as the Jewban — an unholy Jewish-Cuban alliance with pastrami, Swiss cheese, pickles, and pork. Be sure to also get one of the rotating very un-kosher brunch sandwiches, such as a croissant stuffed with soft-shell crab, fried eggs, bacon, American cheese, and paprika-laced ketchup, or an omelet filled with sweet lobster knuckle meat, leeks, mushrooms, and fontina cheese. Insider tip: Sit at the counter during the quiet afternoon hours to watch Marcus work and get an idea of what dishes might be on the menu in the coming days. Who knows? You could be the first to know about a special dry-aged steak night or when the bagels will be capped with sweet and spicy ground duck, crisp cream cheese, and herb salad.

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