One of my regular business travel destinations is Salt Lake City. Although its claim to fame does not revolve around Jewish Delis, on my last visit to Salt Lake I had the good fortune of being introduced to a relatively new deli (established in 2012). A colleague, Brett Losee, in Salt Lake City insisted that my next visit include a trip to his favorite deli in town - Feldman’s Deli.
My flight arrived at 11:45AM, and by 12:30PM my ride share delivered me to the front door of Feldman’s, where I met Brett and another colleague, Chanda Chuon. As we walked through the doors, I found myself in the midst of a 21st century incarnation of a classic New York Jewish deli. A very warm, bustling and inviting ambiance with painted wooden chairs and tables occupied by patrons engaged in scintillating conversation while enjoying classic deli food - corned beef, pastrami, chopped liver, pickles, and signature sandwiches - especially the “Sloppy Joe”. The owner, Michael Feldman, greeted patrons entering the deli and walked around the dining room to chat with those who were already seated. Clearly this deli is frequented by many regulars.
I ordered my standard deli fare - pastrami on rye. The pastrami was well steamed, thinly sliced, with flavor more on the mild side. The pastrami (wet smoked Carnegie style) was brought in from New York. and the rye bread was freshly baked to Feldman’s specifications. To complete the “New York in Salt Lake” experience I also ordered a side of health salad, a “pickle bowl” and “pickled beets”.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Michael Feldman and learned of his passion for the deli, how he recognized the community’s need for a New York style Jewish Deli, and how he created a “one of a kind” deli experience for the region. Michael told me that his wife, Janet, is the deli’s chef who prepares and serves many traditional Feldman family recipes. Feldman’s Deli also features live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings. On my next visit, I look forward to venturing beyond the traditional pastrami sandwich to experience some of Feldman’s signature culinary creations.
Feldman’s Deli - 2005 E. 2700 S - Salt Lake City, UT 84109 - (801) 906-0369 - www.feldmansdeli.com