It was National Hot Dog Month, and do you know of a better place to get your All-American Doggie satisfaction than an authentic deli like Dave's New York Deli in the Tioga Town Center on Newberry Road? This is a great lunch stop of All-American food, real authentic deli atmosphere plus some honest to goodness New York attitude from Dave. This deli is now settled into their new restaurant after relocating from Jonesville several months back. Dave's is a busy lunch stop at the noon hour. But Dave demands excellent customer service from his staffers, and the wait time for your lunch is not very long. I ordered the Classic ¼ Pound Coney Island Jumbo in honor of this Red, White & Blue Hot Doggie Month. It might be because I was ready for a good hot dog. It could be the anticipation of mustard, relish, onions, cheese and chili sent my olfactory cells over the top, but this was one of the best darn hot dogs this red-blooded boy has ever eaten. The Nathan's frank snapped to perfection with each bite. The quarter pound all beef hot dog was juicy, cooked just right and was the predominate flavor in a quarter pound sea of American taste bud wonderment. Onions, chili, cheese, MUSTARD, OMG! I thought I had died and I was sitting in the arms of the Statue of Liberty. Lunch Pal and White Apron Catering maven Jules Gollner had the excellent idea of finishing off our All–American lunch with dessert from the TCBY yogurt shop next Door to Dave's in the Town Center. A hot dog followed by chocolate turtle sundae for lunch?!?! Excuse me while I stand up and sing "God bless America."
Reuben sandwich, deli, is NYC authentic
By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor
Editor's Noter: Dave's New York Deli has relocated to Tioga Town Center since this story has been written. Look for a new Dave's feature soon!
The GLOB Master was in search of a very tasty Reuben sandwich leading up to St. Patty's Day on Saturday.
Starting from the edges of the Urban GLOB on this corn beef odyssey, we decided to start with Dave's New York Deli at Jonesville. Inside Dave's to the right as you enter is counter after counter of delicious deli items and giant menus on the wall.
Could there be better place to seek out corn beef and kraut?
The checkerboard taxi theme throughout this narrow lunch stop works. It's like an alley way of authentic lunch time joy with the other wall of Dave's lined with tables filled with hungry customers and on the wall a giant photo of New York City depicting the good 'ole days of NYC.
More importantly, Dave is right there in the middle of it all imparting his New York 'tude. But his demeanor is a demonstration of how he loves his deli and the folks he serves. Dave is a talker, and he keeps the deli jumping with his continual banters and friendly delivery of your order directly to your table in quick fashion.
When it was time for the GLOB Historian, Jon Roosenraad, and myself to order, I told Dave, left in photo, we were in search of the most authentic corned beef and sauerkraut sandwich Gainesville.
He replied: "Well, if you're looking for authentic, then you want the Dave's Hot, Toasted Corn Beef Sandwich. And there's no need to go anywhere else because my Reuben is the best in town."
Dave suggested I order the New York size. It was filled with double the corned beef and sauerkraut, 1000 island dressing, and Swiss cheese.
"Is the dressing really an authentic aspect of the sandwich, Dave?" I asked, not being a big fan of mayo-ketchup mix.
"You said authentic didn't you," he says, looking at me puzzled.
That's when the sandwich maker behind the counter spoke up saying he would add a little spicy mustard on the side.
My lunch pal, whose last name, may I remind you, is ROOSENRAAD, is from the midwest -- if you couldn't guess from that last name, and I have noticed he always orders pastrami instead of corned beef. With a little Irish luck, he will add a comment explaining his preference of the two cured meats. I have added a link here to REUBENOGRAPHY for another take on the differences. It seems like the particulars are 'all about the deckle'.
When Dave delivered our sandwiches I was flabbergasted at how my CB & SK was twice as big as Jonny's pastrami on rye.
I'm a big guy, and I could have eaten both halves of that giant sandwich. However I did feel better about taking half of my lunch home for later. The corned beef was sliced very thin and stacked impressively, mountain-like, between two perfectly toasted slices of rye bread. The sauerkraut had a nice crunch and very good tart, sour flavor that complemented the spices in the corned beef. The 1000 island dressing was all right. There is so much flavor from this sandwich that my indifference toward the dressing was not an issue, but I happily dunked bites of my sandwich into my mustard on the side.
That's kinda like a 'side order fries,' isn't it?
Kudos to Dave's sandwich maker for offering up the side order of mustard. This busy deli with the spicy mustard, my new pal Dave, and the excellent sandwich blended together to make a fabulous Reubenesque lunch experience.
Dr. Roosenraad's first question as we headed back into town was whether I thought Dave's New York Deli worth the drive. The GLOB Master's quick response was, "I'm going back."
Was there a mustard ban in the old days and THAT's why they created 1000 island dressing?
The Pluses and Minuses of Dave's New York Deli:
Dave's New York Deli (+) indicators: An excellent lunch in an authentic N.Y. deli environment.
Dave's New York Deli (-) indicators: At times I think passports are necessary this far out of town .
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