Thursday, July 28, 2011

Restaurant Roundup: Zaftigs Delicatessen

While I have yet to eat my way through their enormous menu, I couldn't resist the opportunity to talk about Zaftigs Delicatessen.

This Jewish-style deli has been a Brookline favorite ever since they opened 14 years ago...and for a very good reason.  Their menu is so expansive that you are guaranteed to find something that whets your appetite.  They have many of the customary Jewish deli foods, including Sweet Noodle Kugel, Chopped Liver, and - of course - piled high pastrami, corned beef, and beef tongue sandwiches.  [Wanna get really traditional?  Don't even think about ordering your pastrami on anything but rye bread and be sure to slather on plenty of spicy brown mustard!]  However, Zaftigs has a whole host of other menu choices for breakfast (which is served all day), lunch, and dinner. 

On my visit, we chowed on the towering chicken-stuffed Jax sandwich and a gooey and bacon-y grilled cheese!


Craving something sweet?  While there are plenty of desserts to choose from, there is also a tempting glass display case filled with cupcakes and other sweet treats.  Based on the frosting's looks alone, I chose this yellow cake cupcake and was not disappointed.

Sometimes, it is the little things that count in a restaurant setting.  Such as the complimentary bagel chips (yum!) or the unique artwork covering the walls inside and out or the offering of special Passover and catering menus.   

Zaftigs is located at 335 Harvard Street, Brookline MA.  A second location has recently opened at 1298 Worcester Street, Natick MA.

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