9th South Delicatessen Review – True East Coast Deli Flavors Come to 9th & 9th
I was truly excited when I heard about the opening of a Jewish deli just up the street from my office, at 9th & 9th. Immediately I was craving matzo ball soup and some warm pastrami…I told my colleague it was time to take an early lunch.
9th South Deli is located just east of Great Harvest in a remodeled home – not your typical Jewish Deli location by any means. This deli has a unique feel to it that is very welcoming and “homey”, but with a classy, upscale twist. The home has been extensively upgraded with polished wood floors, bright wall colors and plenty of stainless steel. The home’s layout with lots of interior walls adds to the charm, creating a few separate dining areas.
On to the menu – 9th South Deli features most everything you would expect from an East Coast style Jewish Deli. I would say it is more of a Jewish-style deli though because not everything is Kosher and the menu has quite a bit of variety – which is perfect for a location in Salt Lake City. I don’t think many people around here will ever order Gefilte Fish anyways! The two featured sandwiches on the menu are the Reuben (called “A Reuben is a Reuben Already” on the menu) and the hot Pastrami – we are off to a good start here. They also have egg and tuna salad, a rosemary ham sandwich, turkey and bacon with pesto, and many others. They also feature a few homemade soups (matzo ball!), sides and salads, along with a selection of hard-to-find East Coast sodas like Dr. Browns.
Like any good Jewish deli, 9th South Deli features half or whole sandwiches. My plan was to get a bowl of matzo ball soup and a half pastrami sandwich ($8.95), but alas, they didn’t make any matzo ball soup today. Bummer! I have to give them some slack though because they have only been open for 2 weeks and have not even had their Grand Opening yet…apparently matzo is hard to come by in Utah as well. I decided to try a cup of their homemade chicken noodle soup instead ($2.95), and my colleague went with the full Reuben sandwich ($12.95).
My half pastrami came out hot, with plenty of whole grain mustard on the pumpernickel bread, along with a side of macaroni salad and a pickle spear, a nice bonus. The sandwich was a good size, but definitely not as big as some I’ve had in New York. My half pastrami set me back $8.95, and for the price I thought it would be much larger. The full Reuben was slightly larger, on excellent rye bread. We were both immediately impressed with the quality of the food; you can tell there is a whole lot of love put into everything on the menu. The soup was packed with shredded chicken, fresh cut vegetables and had just the right amount of saltiness to it. It also came with 4 slices of rye on the side (so much bread!).
In short, you gotta go try 9th South Deli for yourself. The food is high-end and packed with flavors you will be hard pressed to find anywhere else in Utah. My only gripe is the prices. A half sandwich and cup of soup set me back $11.95 (for counter service served in plastic baskets). My colleague’s tab was $13 for just a whole sandwich and water. You might expect prices like these at a real New York Jewish Deli, but this seems a little indulgent for lunch in Salt Lake City. For these prices in Utah, the portions should be enormous. Other menu items were more reasonable, and the cup of soup was fairly priced, so I may have to try some other sandwiches.
I will definitely be back to 9th South Deli, but only when I feel like splurging on lunch. If the prices were better I could see going there at least once a week. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think…
9th South Delicatessen
931 E 900 S