Katzinger’s Delicatessen (Columbus, OH)

Deli Deliciousness in Columbus

Since growing up with Montreal-style smoked meat, I’ve come to appreciate its close American cousin, Pastrami. Discovering authentic Jewish-style deli fare on our travels is something we’ve always been up for and our recent trip to Columbus did not disappoint when we found Katzinger’s Delicatessen.

While my pastrami-loving heart belongs to Katz’ Deli in NY and Shapiro’s Deli in Indianapolis, Katzingers provided exactly what I was craving–hot slices of smoky, tender, melt-in-your-mouth brisket piled high between two soft rye bread with nothing but some brown mustard and a little kraut to get in the way. Accompanied by one of the best crispy potato pancake latkes I’ve ever had, I was in heaven! For anyone who’s never had the chance to have a true hot pastrami experience outside of a grocery store cold cut counter, I implore you to find one of these to find out what you’ve missed out on.

Katzinger’s also allowed me to try something new that I’d recently heard about on a Proof podcast from America’s Test Kitchen’s Bridget Lancaster: Cel-Ray. I was intrigued by the story behind the rise and fall of celery as a dining table status symbol. Apparently Cel-Ray, a celery-flavored soda unique to Jewish delis, is a holdover from Big Celery’s heyday. It was definitely… interesting! It unmistakably tasted of celery, with a fresh, bright pop, but with a spicy undertone reminiscent of ginger ale. I’m not sure I’d make it my go-to when I feel like indulging in soda, but I can see why it was a perfect pairing with the rich fattiness of a pastrami sandwich, and I might be tempted to do it again the next time the opportunity presents itself.

Columbus had so many things to offer, and a sandwich washed down with a celery soda was one of the unexpected highlights.

Katzinger’s Delicatessen
475 S 3rd St
Columbus, OH 43215

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