Deli culture, much like pizza and bagel culture, is part of the New Yorkers’ (specifically Long Islanders’) DNA. If you’re from Long Island, you know someone who worked in a deli or have worked in one yourself, and you most definitely have a strong opinion about which deli you think is best.
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We explore deli culture through the lens of native Long Islanders and how leaving New York can create a yearning for those things that are uniquely “deli”: the glistening white potato and macaroni salads, the prolific bacon egg and cheese on a roll, the familiar face of the dude behind the counter smiling as he asks, “what’ll it be chief?”.
We also discuss Jim’s experience as a deli worker, the most popular Long Island deli lunch and breakfast orders, the importance of a properly wrapped deli sandwich, the prep involved ahead of the lunch rush, the influence of Boar’s Head and it’s significance in deli culture, and how Jim perfected the recipes for New York deli macaroni salad, potato salad, and coleslaw.
We also discuss the importance of the round deli roll that looks like a Kaiser roll, but is anything but, the Italian hero and why it never has mayo, and Jim regales us with excerpts from his deli days and why you should never block someone in with your car!
- Bacon Egg and Cheese Sandwich
- New York Deli Macaroni Salad
- New York Deli Potato Salad
- New York Deli Coleslaw
- New York Pizza
- Italian Hero
- Chicken Cutlets
- The Pizza Podcast Episode
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