In these most difficult economic times and with the crisp chill of winter looming in the air, we all of us could use a little TLC. So we reach for what we can, when we can; from that old woolen afghan to cuddle under, to a crackly wood burning fire to warm up our bones; and absolutely always and unequivocally, a hearty helping of good old fashioned comfort food. By dining on these old reliable “meat and potatoes” dishes, we get to run away from home, even if just for a meals worth of time. We can without guilt, shamelessly escape our stress and woes and retreat to a simpler and plainer hour in our lives. Sure enough every bite as promised, dreamily coaxes us back to our childhood.
From the moment that I enter Epstein’s Kosher Deli, I am back there.Smells of heavily brined corned beef and hot pastrami hit first, followed by other die hard originals we many of us grew up on, from the and chubby linked chains of pink knockwurst (coined specials back in the day) to the half sour pickles sharing bin space with their mouth watering sour counterparts.