We’re always looking for the BEST Pastrami sandwich around Broward and unfortunately after our recent visit to The Pastrami Club Deli in Lauderhill, our search still continues.
Driving up to The Pastrami Club the night before, we were excited to see the neon signs promising a “Quality New York Deli”.
This afternoon as we walked into the door, there was no mistake that this was an authentic deli. The fluorescent lights were a bit harsh and added an even more ‘retro’ feel than the Formica tables and banquet style chairs. While the overall restaurant was clean, the fun and colorful painted mural on the wall could have used a good scrub-down.
Our server was over quickly and was very friendly and warm and dropped off menus. We thought the name of the restaurant was The Pastrami Club, but the menu said ‘The Original Pastrami Club’, so we still don’t know the ‘official’ name. The offerings here are your typical deli fare with stacked deli meat sandwiches, chicken soup, hot entrees and burgers.
The pickle plate was set down right before we ordered. We found that the pickles were a bit on the bland side.
Our server was a deli pro when it came to ordering and even suggested a few items. The kitchen seemed to be having issues getting food out to the few tables and I watched our server trying to help. It was actually funny to watch her kind of going off on the kitchen guy and telling him to hurry up. Her frustration with the kitchen never spilled over to us and she was just as sweet as she could be.
Chicken Soup ($4.49) – Sure, we should have gone Matzoh Ball here, but we decided to go for the chicken noodle. It was served nice and hot, but the flavor wasn’t really ‘home made’ and it was almost like a canned soup flavor. The noodles were tasty and the carrots were not overcooked, saving the soup a bit.
Turkey Pastrami Sandwich, small 5oz ($8.99, plus $1.79 for fries) – We went small on this sandwich and wow that 5 ounces is sure small. I wasn’t offered to customize this one, so it came plain. The turkey pastrami was a bit dry and the over use of cloves really ruined the flavor. I ended up taking off the meat half way through and just at the fresh rye bread. The steak fries were hot from the kitchen, but slightly overcooked.
Pastrami Rachel Sandwich ($10.99) – Our server actually suggested this sandwich to Jeff when he went for the Pastrami. The ‘Rachel’ sandwich had sauerkraut and cheese added to the hot Pastrami which was on grilled rye bread. This was the better of the two sandwiches, but we both felt that the pastrami was lacking a bit of flavor. Again, the steak fries were slightly overcooked, so they were a bit dry.
While the time warp was a little fun at The Pastrami Club Deli (The Original Pastrami Club), we felt that the food didn’t stack up to our expectations. We also felt the prices were a bit on the higher side as well.
The Pastrami Club Deli is located at 5240 N University Dr, Lauderhill, FL 33351.