hearing at Judge Vardigan's chambers
you can't find a decent Jewish deli in SF? Well you can. At least one,
and that would be Moishe's Pippic in Hayes Valley. Finally the Court
can recommend an alternative to the disappointing David's
Chicagoans, the friendly folks at Moishe's do the hotdog justice. They
treat it with the respect it deserves. That means a menu with six hotdog
creations, all prepared with fresh and tasty ingredients. The Soldier
Field ($5.50) was killer. A hotdog and a polish sausage together in
one bun. Brilliant! Lots of tasty toppings and a surprisingly delicious
I go on, I would like to apologize to the world for my personal issues
with rye bread. I can't stand those caraway seeds, man. They make me
retch. I know it's wrong to order pastrami on anything but rye, but
I just can't help it. Don't worry, though, my "friends," "family," and
even total strangers remind me what an idiot I am each time I do something
like order pastrami on an onion roll. Which is what I did at Moishe's.
Actually, I ordered the "State and Lake" on an onion roll. But Moishe
offered!! That would be hot pastrami and hot corned beef melded into
one meaty piece of love. Some mustard and not much else on there. Side
of potato salad that was pretty good, and a tasty, crisp, whole dill
pickle that was very bright green. As I recall, David's offered an
sliver of pickle with no sides. But let's not dwell on that.
is a swell place with friendly, helpful people serving up some fine
deli delights. Why, even if an unsuspecting Füd Court judge happens
to track dog excrement into their establishment, they simply smile and
grab a mop. Now that's service. At around $8 for an authentic jumbo
sandwich, the price is right and kicks the hell out of David's Deli-Restaurant.
But that's in the past now. Let it go.
get on down there and support your local deli. San Francisco is sorely
lacking in the deli department and it would be a shame to lose this
little gem. Long live Moishe and his bellybutton.
a pippic is a bellybutton. But Moishe's Pippic is a delicatessen, not
a specialized piercing boutique. This is good news, because piercing
parlors outnumber delis in this town by an overwhelming ratio -- like,
17-1, by my unofficial count.
offers many traditional deli delights, such as matzoh ball soup, knishes,
and all varieties of sandwiches. But it's a Chicago-style deli, which
is maybe the best news of all. That means they also have excellent
hot dogs -- yet another delicacy sadly underrepresented in San Francisco.
We began with the Soldier Field, a hot dog and polish sausage in the
same bun(!) with those little pickles, hot peppers, tomatoes, yellow
mustard, and some incredibly green relish. Within a bite I was thinking
fondly of Ann Arbor's Chicago Dog House (formerly Red Hot Lovers).
a sandwich I had the Reuben: corned beef, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese
on rye. Excellent, and I think it ran me $7.75, which is about half
what you pay at David's.
all this down with a Dr. Brown's (black cherry), and go about your
day with a full and happy belly. You may even wish to go get something
pierced, but that's no business of ours.
notes of caution:
are many small dogs around Hayes Valley these days. Watch where you
walk, or you -- like one of the judges -- might track something unsavory
into the deli. 2.
The Pippic is only open until around 3,
Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sundays.
to know what a pippic is?
I'll start where
we did. For an appetizer we shared "The Soldier Field." Boy does it
live up to its name. At least it does if Soldier Field is one incredible
field. The Soldier is the best dog I've had around town. Calling it
a dog doesn't do it justice. Check this out: it's one all beef hotdog
and one all beef polish sausage on a bun with the works. The dog-sausage
combo is brilliant and they use only high quality tasty meats. The
bun was perfect, nice and soft, and held all the "works" in place.
The next course,
the sandwich, was another great combo of meats. I had "The Delancey
Street," hot corned beef and hot pastrami with sauerkraut on rye with
choice of a side (slaw, potato or macaroni salad). The Delancey is
sorta like a Reuben, but not quite. It was piled high with meat and
well worth the $7.75. The corned beef was nice, flavorful. The pastrami
was good, but it just can't beat that yummiest of pastrami straight
out of NYC. My side, the macaroni salad, was alright, and a friendly
pickle pal filled out the plate very well. We ended our meal with
a delicious large portion of Halvah -- what a way to go.
The folks running
Moishe's are wonderful, very friendly, and give great service. They
like to keep the place clean, so wipe your feet before entering. You
never know what you might drag in. Their hours are limited, closing
at 4 PM daily, and not open on Sundays. What a shame, I wouldn't mind
enjoying their delights some evening. Oh well. Stop on by for that
dog and sausage combo or grab a sandwich on the way to the park. It's
certainly the local Chicago style deli you want to pop by.