Forgive me for being gross, but I have to tell you my favorite way to judge a Jewish-style deli. It's by how much you enjoy the post-meal burps. And the new JJ's Delicatessen at Pinnacle Peak and Scottsdale Road rates high on the burp-o-meter!! It's been open since July in the spot once occupied by Kashman's. In my opinion, JJ's is much better. The service is lovely (a big change), the menu extensive, and the food delicious.
I ordered the signature sandwich, a "Pnish" ($8.95). It's a "square potato knish sliced in half and filled with your favorite meat, cheese and dressing, then grilled panini style". I chose corned beef, swiss cheese, and Russian dressing. For my included-in-the-price side, I got cole slaw. In general I'm not a great fan of knishes, but this one did make a great (and unusual) sandwich. The corned beef was a tad dry, but with Russian dressing and cole slaw, who'd notice? The cole slaw was fabulous; I appreciated its sweetness, and Ken its sourness. We both loved the freshness. All the salads are made daily. As are the breads and bagels. Ken had a cinnamon raisin bagel, which I, of course, tried. It was more dense than most Arizona bagels, and chewy, so it reminded me somewhat of New York bagels. Ken's fruit platter was quite large, and the fruit was ripe and tasty.
All the pastry looked delicious. We took home a chocolate horn and an apricot hamantaschan. Both were shockingly good. The hamantaschan dough was melt-in-your-mouth rich, and the tart filling was a pleasant contrast. The texture of the chocolate horn was perfect, it shattered when I bit into it, yet it wasn't dry. The chocolate had a good flavor. By the way, iced coffee goes perfectly with chocolate horns, and JJ's makes theirs using a cold drip method. I had ice tea with my sandwich, and it was excellent.
We're planning to try breakfast at JJ's. There's a huge variety of options including a L.E.O.($9.95), matzo brie ($8.95), and a whitefish salad platter ($10.95). Latkes and blintzes are both available at $10.95. Not cheap, but I bet there'd be enough to share. Coffee comes in many forms: cappucino, latte, macchiato, etc. And more pastry.
As we were getting ready to leave I experienced my first JJ's burp. I got into the car with a big smile on my face."Click to edit. Insert a customer recommendation, a client thank you note, or a quote you find inspirational to your business. Show visitors you are a reliable company, and add a little personality to your website."
Rosalyn W., Scottsdale AZ
I noticed that Kashman's went out of business and JJ's Deli took over. I had to experience this new deli for myself. I just ate my second meal there just to make sure it was truly as good as my first visit. The service and attitude of the owner Roger, his family and employees was top notch. They are genuine, sincere, authentically warm and strive to provide the highest level of service without jeopardizing food quality. I ate the corned beef sandwich with coleslaw and swiss which was awesome. The meat like Michael H. reviewed was lean and delicious. Yesterday, had the Chinese chicken salad and the dressing was spicy and killer. Fresh and cool. Just the way I love it. Since I had a big appetite I also engaged in a warm buffalo chicken sandwich which was amazing. I kid you not... you will see me frequenting this place consistently. See you at JJ's soon and you wont be disappointed. - Zack K., Scottsdale AZ
I was in the mood for some authentic Deli and I saw this new place open. It was great! the corned beef was lean, the rye bread fresh, crispy pickles and of course they serve Coke products. The baked deserts looked wonderful. The portion was filling. I can't wait to try their breakfast and their own bagels - Michael H., Scottsdale AZ
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What initially enticed my husband and I to visit this restaurant was the outdoor atmosphere. Each morning the restaurant puts tables and chairs outside where people sit outside to enjoy the fresh air. Having a two and four year old (yes life is a little nuts) we finally found a place where we could feel comfortable taking the kids and not be embarrassed if they were a little loud and messy.
It is hard to find a time of day that there isn't someone who has brought their four leg companion with them. Man's best friend is always a great conversation piece and you frequently see strangers interacting.
This restaurant reminds me of a Breakfast/Lunch version of Cheers (where everybody knows your name). When my husband and I walk in we are greeted by our first names by the staff AND owner. The service is great and they have no problem making the food to your liking by adding, subtracting or (sometimes in my case) completely changing the order. The portions are large and the food is great. The next time you are in the area - I would highly recommend you check them out! - Sue L, Scottsdale AZ