Josh’s Deli in Surfside, Florida


My friend Hannah was in town visiting from the UK. I wanted to take her to eat something she couldn’t find across the pond. What could make an impression?

And then it hit me, Josh’s Deli!

Chef Josh Marcus, who was also the creator of the unfortunately very short-lived MB Brewhouse and the now legendary Chowdown Grill, is the man with the plan at Josh’s Deli (9517 Harding Avenue, Surfside).

It took me a bit to wrap my mind around the idea of an unorthodox deli in Miami, as Evan Benn (the Miami Herald food editor at the time) called it.

Josh’s Deli is a Scratch Kitchen

He makes bagels in-house and has a Matzo Ball French Onion Soup on the menu, plus the excellent pizzas made on bagel dough every Thursday (Pastrami & Brussels Sprouts is killer).

I’ve never been a Jewish Deli guy, but I love tasty sandwiches, huge beefy ones. Josh’s Deli has them too, like the Jewban (pastrami, pork, pickle, & Swiss cheese). It was here that my fascination for pastrami sandwiches began.

My parents, who spent their youth in New York City, are fans of his pastrami sandwiches. However, I feel that I’ve never shown Josh’s Deli the love it deserves. I hope this post changes that, and you’ll check it out yourself.

There is something for everyone on the Josh’s Deli menu, done by a chap named Josh, who’s doing things his way, and helping to make the Miami food scene diverse, different, and delicious.

Way to go, dude!

Some Food Pictures

Latkes (Potato Pancakes) w/Apples
Everything Bagel w/Egg, Cheese & Pastrami-spiced Bacon
Hand-Cut Pastrami Sandwich
Potato Pancakes w/Lox
Cappuccino
Regular Bagel w/Egg, Cheese & Pastrami-spiced Bacon
Bacon specks on a muffin
The Jewban (Pastrami, Pork, Pickle, Swiss)
Pastrami Wrapped Date
Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Pastrami Frita Burger (10% Ground Bacon, 80% Ground Chuck, 10% Pastrami Chunks, Caramelized Smoked Onions & Craque Sauce)
Pastrami Frita Burger
Bagel Pizza
Pastrami & Brussels Sprout Bagel Pizza

PS: Josh’s Deli once hosted a killer BBQ pop-up by Chef Brad Kilgore.


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