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August 23, 1991 - Image 92

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-08-23

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BAGEL DELI & PRODUCE CO.

851.9666

6088 W. MAPLE AT FARMINGTON RD.

Deli Delights

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Springs mainstay for 25
years.
"Eat the best corned beef
west of New York and count
the luxury limos outside,"
reads part of the Travel and
Leisure review posted behind
the cash register. It's not sur-
prising that a deli in a posh
resort town draws its share of
the rich and famous.
Though I didn't see any
famous Palm Springs
residents the night I dined,
the waitresses told me they
have extensive collections of
celebrity autographs. They
even knew the particular
preferences of prominent
patrons: Mr. Sinatra orders
knockwurst to go; Mr. Bono
favors corned beef on a kaiser
roll.
Despite its posh environs,
Nate's turned out to be a
heimish place. Posters on the
wall had humorous Yiddish
captions; and the waitresses
ladled out chicken soup
with Jewish-mother solici-
tude, while we patrons sat in
booths with wide picture win-
dows offering views of palm
trees and the San Jacinto
mountains.
"I'll Take Manhattan" was
also a deli with a view. Its
snazzy black and white sign
was set against the 'backdrop
of green hills and brilliant
sunshine.
On the island of St. Thomas
in the U.S. Virgin Islands, I'd
sampled the native food and
sipped plenty of pina coladas.
But I didn't expect to find a
hilltop deli with corned beef
— here, too, it was flown in
from New York — plus other
assorted deli specialties that
included lox, sable, kippered
salmon, brisket, herring and
seven kinds of bagels.

"I sell as much smoked fish
here as I would in New York,"
said owner Mike Bakst, who
left the Big Apple because he
hungered to open delis on the
Virgin Islands; he now has
two on St. Croix, and "I'll
Take Manhattan" on St.
Thomas.
It's caught on with both
natives and tourists. I
discovered it because Bob
Kirkpatrick of the Virgin
Island's Department of
Economic Development and
Agriculture, my guide for the
afternoon, was one of the
deli's regulars and readily
agreed to take me there.
When we arrived,
customers were already lined
up, numbers in hand — for
this is a popular place. Bakst
and his staff kibbitzed with
the customers; he in a gruff
New York accent; they with
West Indian lilts. Despite the
tropics, Mr. Bakst worked
briskly as he sliced corned

beef and layered lox on
bagels.
Besides the novelty of fin-
ding familiar food in unlike-
ly settings, quite often delis
in new places have also of-
fered me a taste of local color
that other restaurants just
don't provide.
For instance, in Portland,
Maine, where I expected folks
to be fanatic about lobster, I
found the Full Belly Deli —
and got a full glimpse of local
color. The deli regulars in-
clude the mayor, city coun-
cilmen, fire and police chief
and assorted deli enthusiasts,
both Jewish and non-Jewish.
A deli on the main street in
Annapolis also turned out to
be fully flavored with local
color. Chick and Ruth's Delly,
I soon learned, is one of the
most successful businesses in
the Maryland capital.
It's even been the unlikely
setting for power lunches; the
Annapolis State House is just
up the hill, and local pols love

Besides the
novelty of finding
familiar food in
unlikely settings,
delis offered me a
taste of local color.

to talk strategy in the cozy
booths of this no-frills deli.
The menu even listed some
sandwich specials named in
honor of patrons who favor a
particular specialty, like the
Cardin Reuben, named for
Senator Ben Cardin, who
always orders a Reuben.
On the day I visited, the
deli — which has been on
Main Street for 25 years —
was lively with lunchtime
patrons, including pols from
the State House, U.S. Naval
Academy officers in their
uniforms and longtime locals.
Wearing a black bowtie and
white apron, owner Chick
Levitt worked the crowd like
a seasoned pol himself,
greeting people by name and
catching up on local news.
Behind the counter piled high
with bagels, his son Ted serv-
ed up corned beef sandwiches
— the Levitts cook their own
corned beef daily, 50 pounds
of it — and other deli
favorites.
On another coast, I also
discovered a deli that's vir-
tually a local institution. It
wasn't hard to discover this
one. On Geary street in the
heart of San Francisco's
theater district, the neon sign
for David's Delicatessen was
blazed as boldly as the
theater marquee across the
street.
Inside, I found a distinctive
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