I went to Wise Sons this weekend and had pretty disappointing eats. I’ve been eating their pastrami about once a year since the time they were just a pop-up and I’ve always enjoyed it even though I’ve always felt that they are a little skimpy with it. It was usually moist, salty, slightly smoky and hand cut into decently thick slices.
Saturday it was dry, very little flavor and sliced thin on a slicer. Tasted like standard Boar’s Head deli pastrami. Chicken liver on toast was just OK. I like their rye but it was sliced way too thick. I don’t see myself returning.
Rye Project slices their pastrami super thin and dips it into juice/grease to give it moisture. Last time I had it they put it on toasted rye and it was very skimpy on the pastrami.
Sauls – I had it 20 years ago when I first moved to SF, so its been a while, but I just remember it being OK.
Wood Tavern – they do a nice pastrami sandwich, thinly sliced, large pile of moist/greasy meat.
Have not yet been to The Refuge in San Carlos, but looks legit.
Now I lived a 2 blocks from Katz’s for 5 years and do a yearly visit to Langers in LA as well as Pastrami Queen in NY, so maybe I’m a little too picky in this department, but would love to find a good pastrami sandwich close to home.