Food Politics

One of the Wise Sons Speaks to the Kosher Thing

A non-kosher but delicious pastrami sandwich.
A non-kosher but delicious pastrami sandwich. Photo: Brian Smeets/Grub Street

We noted a couple of posts on the Wise Sons Jewish Deli Facebook wall complaining that they were not a kosher establishment, and while we know that keeping kosher hasn’t been important for some of the biggest, most long-running Jewish delis in the country (Katz’s, Canter’s, Langer’s), we thought we’d ask co-owner Evan Bloom for this thoughts on the issue. “For us Jewish Deli has always been a cultural eating experience,” he says. “Judaism and kashrut are not intrinsically linked though we do choose not to serve shellfish and pork.”

Furthermore, he explains that he and partner Leo Beckerman chose to use natural, more ethically raised beef for their pastrami, corned beef, and burgers, saying that it would be “[cost-]prohibitive if we were even able to source a kosher product that was raised to the same standards as the meat we currently serve. That, and most importantly, we’d like to be able to serve pastrami sandwiches and bagels with cream cheese on the same menu, or even just a Reuben.” Not to mention a cheeseburger…

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. And in case you were going to run there for lunch, please note they’re closing early today, at 2 p.m.

Wise Sons - 3150 24th Street at Shotwell - 415-787-3354 - Open Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed Monday and Tuesday

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One of the Wise Sons Speaks to the Kosher Thing