Shortage of Authentic Jacksonville Delis Got you Down? Let's Nosh
Oy – matzo ball soup, rugalach, whitefish stuffed cabbage. My Mom created this and other Jewish gastronomic gems without a recipe in sight. Where are they now? I don’t expect any Carnegie or Katz's clones in the cradle of the southland, but a good knish? It couldn’t hurt.
So here’s my plug for Let’s Nosh, a Jewish style deli at 10950-36 San Jose Blvd., diagonally across from the Wal-Mart, in the same shopping center as Mandarin’s Bonefish grill.
From Orlando south to Miami, there are 25 locations wherein a restaurant named Toojays most closely approximates the tastes and smells I grew up on. It’s a family owned chain of delis (not a franchise), whose website suggests the following: “If you know of a site of possible interest to us, please contact our corporate office at . . . “ So I sent them a highly persuasive e-mail outlining all of the reasons they should open a Toojays in Jacksonville Area. Nothing...
Let's Nosh deserves a thumbs up for supplying Jacksonville with some atypical lunch fare. Let’s Nosh is the current standard bearer for brisket sandwiches and black-and-white cookies, now that the Jacksonville’s real delis like Waldz and Wormans are history. The food and service are consistently good. And yes, despite what you see in the freezer at Publix, knishes are square, they’re made with something called “stretch dough.” and they have heavily peppered and oniony potatoes in the middle. No offense Arby’s, but Pastrami and corned beef shouldn’t taste like ham.
Listen, if you’ve never heard of whitefish salad, it’s not your fault. But now you have no excuse. There’s Let’s Nosh. Maybe you won’t think you’ve died and gone to the lower east side, but for Jacksonville, it’s a wonderfully authentic and worthwhile visit.