Portland >Restaurants > Kornblatt's Delicatessen
628 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9721045.527437 -122.698512
Monday To Thursday From 08:00 AM To 09:00 PM Friday From 08:00 AM To 10:00 PM Saturday From 07:30 AM To 10:00 PM Sunday From 07:30 AM To 09:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Northwest District, Neighbors West - Northwest
The hearty food and old school atmosphere make a great team at this popular deli, which is there for you for all three squares every day of the week. Can't go wrong with the classic Reuben, although they have a bunch of good variations.
Bagels the way they should taste, crusty outside & soft chewy inside. Try a jalapeño bagel with egg white and tomato and large cup of Joe with a reminder to " shut up and eat" printed on the mug.
Anyone Up for a Game of Meat Softball!!! – I've been wanting to post a review on Kornblatt's for the last year. This is the second time I've posted something on a business. But the event that took place was so horrific that I will never eat there again. I had been a customer of Kornblatt's for YEARS... good food... good personalities... felt a little like New York. As shocking as it sounds, what I'm about to describe actually happened. While enjoying breakfast with friends, I noticed a person at another table send their meal back. The waiter took their plate, started walking back towards the open kitchen area, then grabbed the meat off of the plate with his bare hands and THREW the meat onto the grill. He was on the customer side of the counter!!!! I couldn't believe my eyes!!! I looked at the table that the food came from and they didn't see a thing. Curious about whether this guy was going to serve the food that he just picked up an threw across the restaurant, I followed the process of the waiter cooking the meat, and putting it back on the plate. I couldn't believe it.... He served it back to them. I almost (and should have) went over to the table that it came from and told the people what I just saw. I've worked in restaurants and know what can go on behind the scenes... I was just shocked to see this guy be so blatant about it. I haven't been back and wont ever go back.... If I ever see something like this again, I will let the customer know, as well as the business owner.
We had a horrible experience at Kornblatts – Watched (along with the entire restaurant) as a server was cussing and being very mean to a group of customers (apparently because a couple of them weren't staying for lunch?) Come on guys..... Was considering including Kornblatt's in the 2010 publication of "NW Places to Play". If anything I would never rececommend anyone support such a horrible place.
Best hot pastrami sandwich I've ever had – Look. This is simple. Better than Kenny and zukes. Pastrami is like butter. Eat it then just try to enjoy hot pastrami anywhere else. Customer for life here. Try the corned beef and pastrami combo on their rolls also. Heaven.
Absolutely Most Surly Service – Can I give it zero stars? I'm motivated by a horrible experience my family and I had. We brought out of town visitors who wanted a bagel and Schmear. Ok. The place was not busy, 2 servers. They treated us like garbage, walked away twice, as we ordered Bagels and coffee...most of which had apparently been sold out, but unbeknownst to us, and no help from the server. Not even a New York style mean, or attitude, but just goofy. We couldn't figure it out. Always 2 sides to these I know, but truly no pre-malice on our side. Not going back there in the future. There are too many better places to eat and go in Portland. Rose's Deli down the street?
Real Deli Sandwiches – Why dosn't Portland have more high quality delis? So many places that call themselves delis are really just turning out cheaply made sandwiches.
Kornblatt's offers real food with real taste. Sure the prices are a little higher but you get much more quality. Their Reubens and Pastrami sandwiches are very good and just plain taste better than what you get anywhere else in Portland. Even Rose's can't compare.
Absolutely Fabulous Breakfasts – A great NW Portland find serving amazing breakfasts, bagels, desserts and more. Friendly service, delious and healthy size food portions. Highly reccommened and worth the effort to find a parking space somewhere on 23rd.
Closest thing to a NY Deli in Portland ... – If they made their own Pastrami and Corned Beef, It would be GREAT. As it is, its Good. Tasty Food, a bit pricey but not too bad. Worth a try and then decide if you're into it.
Sandwiches were great – I had to comment on review by 'spankycrissy'. There is a line for tables at this place because they have good food. If you order 'to go' - then GO. You took a table from someone that was waiting in line, that is called 'cutting in line', so get over it.
I went here for lunch yesterday, the service could be better, too few wait people. The pickles that were promised when we ordered did not come until our food (which took a reasonable amount of time). That said, the hoagie that I had the Rueben that my companion had were superb! If it is summertime and you want lunch, go early, this place is not that big. I would probably pass on sitting outside, you are right on the sidewalk and are more likely to catch your waitperson inside. Had to ask for the check, but that is no reason to not go and enjoy a tasty meal!
the service bites – I have been to Kornblats a few times with my wife and on business lunches.
Most times the waiters are rude but the last time we were treated like trash.
The last time we stopped in to grab a dozen bagels and a couple of coffees to go was a week ago.
It was a busy morning and all of the inside tables were full so we asked for a couple of coffees an bagels to go and took them outside to the sidewalk.
There was an open bench so we decided to sit down and eat our bagel.
The waiter was incensed he didn't like us sitting at that table even though we had just spent 20 bucks on food.
I could have written that nasty exchange off to a guy having a bad day but then the cook shoved his head out the window and yelled at us.
HAY! I THOUGHT YOU GOT THAT STUFF TO GO!!
I shot back with WE DID, WE ARE SITTING OUTSIDE AREN?T WE?
I know that it was all about the line that was forming inside waiting for tables.
And a waiter that didn't get a tip.
But we won't be back and I will not recommend it.
Part of the restaurant experience is the service, we were treated like dirt.
by the way, I am an engineer and we were dressed well.
and up to that moment we were in good mood and having a great day.
By the way it was my wife?s birthday, thanks for nothing you jerks.
Bad Reuben – The Reuben sandwich I had here is among the worst I have ever had. Somehow, based on the price - almost $10! and the atmosphere of the place I thought I was in for a treat. What i got was a very soggy sandwich on very thin low-quality supermarket rye bread- the kind made for people who don't really like rye bread. It compressed to nothing, so it was very hard to hold onto the sandwich. There was no pickle. What was most laughable was the accompanying macaroni salad. It was odd and grainy and it was served in one of those little tiny paper cups that New Seasons uses when they give out samples. It could not hold much more than a tablespoon. My companion had a bagel with some sort of cream cheese and vegetable spread and a bowl of soup. The bagel was bready and dry and the soup was bland. Many "less authentic" places around twon than this serve a much better and more authentic Reuben - for much less.
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