Hands down, by far, the best hot pastrami sandwich I have ever had is here at Miracle Mile Delicatessen. Move over D.Z. Akins, 4.0 Deli, Gus's Subs & Pizza, BMH Italian, The Hat... although, don't get me wrong, they all make a pretty delicious hot pastrami sandwich, Miracle Mile clearly will win a pastrami battle against those restaurants.
Sadly, San Diego used to have one Miracle Mile Deli location in Coronado. However, we came up with our own conclusion that the rent got too expensive and they had to bring their business back to Arizona. Luckily, there is one down the street from Linda & Doyle's house - jackpot.
It's a must that every time we are in Phoenix, that we make a trip to the deli for their pastrami. A MUST, I tell you. Before I discovered that sauerkraut, hot pastrami, and Swiss cheese are components of the best sandwich ever, I used to order the traditional pastrami on grilled rye and put my own yellow mustard. But, now... I can never go back to that.
The Miracle Mile experience starts off at the end of the food counter (similar to a cafeteria) where you order your entree/sandwich and pick up a food tray. I make eye contact with the guy behind the counter and order "The Straw on onion roll". Yum!
The Straw, if you have not figured it out yet, is a hot pastrami sandwich with hot sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese, on the bread of your choice (kaiser, onion roll, rye, marble rye, sourdough, whole wheat, french, or pumpernickel). I always order mine with an onion roll because it gives it that extra onion-y flavor. All sandwiches come with a kosher dill pickle and a side order of your choice (fries, cole slaw, macaroni salad, potato salad, bag of chips, fruit, cottage cheese, or for extra.... mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, potato latkes).
While I am waiting and watching my sandwich being made right before my eyes, there's a plethora of hot & cold items staring me right in the face: BBQ pastrami, stuffed cabbage, macaroni & cheese, mashed potatoes, gravy, potato latkes, steamed vegetables, Jell-O, carrot salad... endless. In a matter of seconds, he asks me "French fries??", which obviously is a popular choice for a side item, but I opt for the cole slaw. I move my tray along towards the cashier and I patiently wait until Mike goes through the same process as me so we can pay together.
As I wait, I glance over to the left and review ALL the delectable desserts they have in the glass case. Cakes, cheesecakes, large cookies, assorted pies galore. I have not yet had dessert here, but at the next trip, I will order a slice of pie for us to share!
Water glasses are pre-filled and located behind the cashier's near the seating area. We both grab one, I choose one with the most ice, and find a seat at a table.
Mike and I ordered the same sandwich, but he ordered the potato salad and a kaiser roll instead of my favorite onion roll. The Straw is cut in half, revealing the juiciness of the pastrami, melted cheese, and the tangy sauerkraut. It is perfect how it is with no additional sauces needed, like yellow mustard. The pastrami just melts in your mouth, and because it is also accompanied by Swiss cheese, onion roll, and crunchy sauerkraut, my taste buds are having a field day - yes, it is that darn good.
Why do you think I made "The Straw" the picture in my header?
Miracle Mile is an oldie since 1949, but goodie because of the fabulous pastrami they serve. I've also had their Straw Dog, which is a kosher all-beef hot dog with the sauerkraut and melted cheese. It's good, but it's not the same as eating the Straw sandwich. I'm always tempted to try something else here, but I know that I will have a "sure thing" with The Straw.
I freakin' LOVE Texaz Grill in Phoenix, Arizona. First, they are known for their deep fried crunchy chicken fried steak that comes with your choice of salad, bread & butter, choice of potatoes - all for $12. Second, it looks like this little hole-in-the-wall restaurant on the corner of 16th and Bethany Home, but it's so much more inside. Wall-to-wall decor of Texas stuff, and license plates from different states & countries covering the ceilings. It's dark inside, people are friendly (like in Texas), country music plays, and the food is fabulous.
Mike and I met Don and Marie (dad & stepmom) for dinner on 4th of July weekend to catch up while enjoying a great meal, Texas style! I know, I know... the chicken fried steak was calling my name, but I was telling myself that I didn't want to over-stuff myself since I wasn't that hungry. So, something light, you know? Um, wrong!!
Yes, I know... you can laugh. I ordered the ribeye steak (medium) with mashed potatoes & country gravy and coleslaw as my salad. Heavy much?? Yeah, totally - so I might as well have ordered a CFS (that's chicken fried steak for short - I made it up). Although the ribeye had a natural good taste from the marbling, it was a bit under seasoned. The mashed potatoes, though, were heaven! Every bite melted in your mouth, and there was actual chunks of red skinned potatoes. I took a picture of my cole slaw after I put black pepper on it, which I love to do. The pepper ruined the picture, though. I love the cole slaw here. Gosh, it's pretty darn obvious by now that I love the stuff.
Yeah, I was a bit jealous of Mike for ordering the chicken fried chicken, which as you already may know, is a chicken breast deep-fried, yeah yeah, you get the picture. I had a bite and it made me want to take my steak, hide it under the table, and tell the nice waitress that no, I never got my food, so... "can I order the chicken fried steak? Thanks, you're the best." Don't get me wrong, my steak was good!
Don took the liberty to order us a side of the sauteed 'shrooms. Oh, yeah... glad he did because they were so flavorful. One bite of the mushroom and the whole thing burst with great flavors, which I cannot describe. Yum.
Darn, I'm hungry and I really want to go back to Texaz Grill, but this time, I'm doing the RIGHT thing, which is CFS - all the way!
Island Prime/C-Level has the best view of downtown and the San Diego Bay, by far! I love going here for lunch on a beautiful sunny SD day and sitting in the outside patio over the water.
Technically, it's C-Level when open for lunch at 11:30 AM, but then dinner time is 5:30 PM, "Island Prime time". My first trip here was with the ED of our company and my fellow colleagues in the office. Man, the one thing I will not forget were the Oyster Rockefellers that we ordered for an appetizer that were amazing! They moved this appetizer to the dinner menu, but mmm, highly recommended!
On my most recent trip, I took a long lunch and met Mike, Linda & Doyle for great views our wonderful city and for fresh, delicious seafood specialties created by Chef Deborah Scott. I got there before they did, sat outside on the patio, took in the great smell of the salty sea air, and enjoyed the light breeze. When they arrived (after missing the exit), we were ready to order our delectable dishes. When I am near the ocean, I feel like I HAVE to have seafood. I didn't vocalize this, however, we all ordered seafood as if they thought the same thing.
Delicious! I ordered the blue crab cake sandwich on a toasted french loaf with tartar sauce, shaved red onions, lettuce, tomato, and a side of cole slaw. I love the picture I took of it because of the dripping sauce and the close up of the crunchy cake. It was divine. I ended up cutting the sandwich in half because it was way to big to pick up. It was also really messy because of the tartar, so I ended up eating it with a knife and fork. Yum, makes me crave it again.
Mike ordered the lobster & fontina BLT sandwich, and it comes with a side of sherried lobster bisque in a cute little dish. Man, was I jealous because this lobster BLT is the best I have tasted so far. Sorry, JRDN, but this one is definitely number one. Could have been the overly buttered bread combined with the chunks of fresh lobster!
This entree doesn't disappoint either. I've ordered this the first time I can here. Linda ordered the combo fish, shrimp n' chips, with hush puppies all stuffed in this cone-like contraption.
I was actually eye-ing this salad because all the ingredients sound like they will mesh together really well: warm baby spinach salad with blackened shrimp with bacon vinaigrette, toy box tomatoes, red onions, arugula, pine nuts, sliced egg & goat cheese. YUM, doesn't that sound like heaven? He enjoyed it very much. The egg was perfectly sliced too.
I have not yet been here for dinner, but I know it will be just as awesome as lunch time is. I love this place, and it's a must for entertaining out-of-town guests who would like to experience the best of San Diego.
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