Portland >Restaurants > Kenny & Zuke's Delicatessen
1038 SW Stark, Portland, OR | Directions 9720545.522177 -122.681900
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Neighbors West - Northwest
It's hard for this Jew not to get giddy over just their bagels! If you're a latke lover and can't wait for a holiday then they've got your remedy! Sandwiches and smoked pastrami rule here but a nice lox plate puts a smile in my belly!
The pastrami at this fine deli is absolutely out of this world! Flavorful, fatty (in a good way... like bacon!) and slightly smoky, it's pure bliss on rye. Never had a bad meal here!
Starting at 7am weekdays and 8am weekends, this East Coast-style downtown deli will line your stomach with pastrami and eggs, 3-egg lox omelettes, cheese blintzes, a full assortment of housemade bagels and bialys, and their Breakfast Dog--a grilled Sabrett with eggs, bacon, and cheddar. And if that can't roust you from your Tempurpedic, I don't know what will.
Jew-ISH deli with pastrami-powered soul. Great bagels, sandwiches, chopped liver, and ultra-comforting hungarian mushroom soup. Save room for the best rugelach in town.
Out of this world patarami! Huge sandwiches! A great neighborhood deli!
Prima Donna Waiter – Made the mistake of bringing a large group here on a slow Wednesday morning, around 10. Table for 12. Idea was to push a few tables together, which there were five or six open, or we could just split up, we didn't care, whatever works for them. A tallish "Powered by Pastrami" clad guy scolded us for not calling ahead. Should have split right then but more were on the way, so we sucked it up. You'd never know Oregon's in a recession with a greeting like that - K&Z's profits must be fat like their pastrami. Our waiter was prickly with a pretentious manner; he was curt when responding to questions and, I think, wanted us to know who was in charge. Our group expanded to fill some other tables and he put everyone on one ticket. Later I asked if he'd give us three tickets to make the mess of paying easier, so I wouldn't end up paying fifty bucks for a bagel and coffee. "Oh my god, you're not going to do this to me?!" He hurried off then returned to say "You're not getting three tickets. That's just not how reality works." And sure, he's probably right that all the orders are on one ticket and it'd be a pain to figure out who had what. That's fine. It's just the rudeness of the exchange that got us. Are you a service? Did we just buy three hundred dollars worth? Did you really earn your imposed 18-20% gratuity when you treat us like the enemy? The few of us locals who wanted to share this establishment with visitors are boycotting until they drop the big city attitude. And I'm not sure which big city they think they're emulating. It's not NY - some of us lived there for years without encountering service like this. You're in Portland. That's reality.
Not worth the frustration – I have visited this restaurant 4 times now. The first 2 were fabulous. I tried the Rueben w/Pastrami my first time and I was very impressed. I sat at the bar counter in front of the grill and watched the cook work his magic. He was quick but very diligent. The second time I ordered the roast beef sandwich. Content
again and impressed.
At that point I had eaten here twice and only by myself. I was ready to really talk this place up. I visited again with a good friend and of course was bragging about how good the food was there. Service had always been sloppy and slow but the food made up for it. Anyway, my friend ordered the corn beef sandwich and I, the chicken salad. Mine was fine, potato salad is always good on the side, FYI. However, my friend's sandwich was dry, sloppy and resembled something that would be in a packed lunch thrown together in a hurried rush to get out the front door and only to make sure you had something, anything to put in your stomach for the day. I even offered him my sandwich in place of his. I felt like the crap sandwich was somehow my fault.
I visited again recently with my father and brother after a Yom Kippur service. I was still very motivated about this place. Well, the service was slow and horrible even though the restaurant was not very busy. I think they only had one server. I couldn't really tell since they dress as though they are not sure if they want to be there or not. The cook was hurried in his assembly of the food and destroyed my Rueben. I had huge chunks of fat in almost every cut of my Pastrami. After waiting 45 minutes for sandwiches I just wanted to eat and leave. The sandwich was not layered well and every bite I took I was dragging more and more beef out of the sandwich and had it hanging down my chin like I was a junk yard dog that had just killed an unlucky house cat.
Unfortunately, this place has earned an 'F'. Was an 'A' in the beginning. I may just have to open up my own sandwich joint and show them how its done. I am sure a person that has no real restaurant experience could do a better job. This food is not complicated. It is simple, relaxed, comforting, and filling. It should not be that difficult to pull off. Kenny and Zuke's needs a consistent crew that knows how important service and presentation is. Wont be back to eat a "Fat & Pastrami Rueben" any time soon.
Worst Service Ever. Completely RUDE.. – I tried to get some information from them on a catering event and I think that they mis-read my email and what I was asking. Instead of clarifying, I got back the most degrading, rudest, snotty email back from them ever. they are a service provider, but apparently they have never heard of what good service means. I would never recommend them to anyone.
Need course in safe food handling – I ate the lunch counter and ordered the egg creme soda, and the corned beef sandwich. The egg soda was interesting, but I would not call it good. Since I was at the counter I had a full on view of the kitchen... which is great when you don't want to die watching them make everyone's food. The cook that was in front of me would to the following things: Make a sandwich on counter. Text on cell Phone. Make RAW hamburger on the counter. Make a sandwich on the same counter. Text on phone. Make raw hamburger. Wipe hands on rag. Wipe counter with rag. Repeat Repeat Repeat. Complete lack of sanitary controls. The rag was a simple dry rag. Not with any sanitizing solution. Even if it did (as proof that it did not, it hung from her apron the entire 45 minutes I was there), she never once washed her hands while handling dirty items (cell phone and other things), and raw meat. I will never eat there again and make sure to tell everyone I know about this complete lack of sanitary controls. To their credit, it is the only place you can get corned beef and I did it eat.
Stop putting pickles in the wrapper of a sandwich! – Here's what happens when you put a pickle in the wrapper. Most people assume that a wrapper means it's wrapped so when they set it on the set of their car, they aren't expecting a sandwich to leak juice all over the seat interior. I'm still thinking about having you pay for my seat. Either that, or you unwrap the wet paper and get everything else on the table wet, because the backside of the paper is wet, Wrappers wrap, they don't leak. Lame idea.
Incredible sandwiches and soup – The pastrami for the Reuben and other sandwiches is house made and is wonderfully smokey and flavorful. The matzohball soup is like home made with real broth and fluffy matzohballs. And the coleslaw is like none other.
Last review was spot on – Too bad management didn't read the last review or maybe they just ignored it. I ordered a sandwich which the first half was fine. The second half had a hair in it which should have been easily avoided. After informing the waiter, they made it up to me. However, I won't be back.
I am willing to try this place one more time – I thought the corn beef was tasty. But the main thing I would change about the place is it seemed the workers were all over the place. People didn't seem organized. They were on top of each other. Also, the food prep and cooks were hard to point out. Not to mention that hair was flying everywhere. Perhaps everyone behind the counter should have hat or something to tame the pony tails that were near my food. Kenny and Zukes, you might want to have the people behind the counter preping the food wear hair nets and plastic gloves for our sanity and sanitation. I also saw an employee go outside and take pictures with a camera, then come back in and go behind the counter. He was handling sandwiches. I don't think he washed his hands. A good looking chap though. We need Food handling. This place would get a D if it were located in Los Angeles were we rate the restaurant on several things. Which is sad, because it has so much potential. Also, when we left the waiter saw us and didn't thank us or anything. Details, training, professional management and this place could become a household name. I am on the fence Kenny and Zuke's . Nurture your baby !!! and check quality of the food and employees. Hostest seemed tired, no eye contact, distracted. I need to be put at ease and a big smile would help when you tell me I have to wait. Love is in the service and taste. You could have it all.
Ahhhhmazing! – I can't believe this place has only 3 stars. It's brilliant! Best potato salad, loved the coleslaw, I got the meatloaf sandwich, my bf got a rueben and both were phenomenal. We also tried the pickle assortment - it was so fun and delicious!
Good sized sandwiches – My husband and I went here and it was great for lunch. I got the Rachel which was pretty good, but I had a bite of my husband's pastrami Rueben and I was jealous. The pastrami was delicious. When we go back I will definitely get that instead. The prices are a bit high, but you do get a lot of food including home-made pastrami. So overall it was worth it.
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