I had a seriously busy day on, but I am never too busy to hang out with Miss Kathy for a spot of Best Breakfast. Today would be a quick pit-stop at the I Love New York Deli in the Upper University District. It probably isn’t in the University District at all, but since it is called I Love New York Deli I simply had to put “Upper” in there somewhere :-)
I was early, it was deserted & I wondered if I was even in the right place. Both the neighborhood & the deli are downright scruffy but the second that I walked within a few feet of the door I knew this had to be it. The smell emanating from the kitchen was incredible. I don’t know what they were cooking, but I wanted some of it. I still don’t understand to this day why there wasn’t a huge old line out the door. I mean, elegant this deli is not…but the food? Wow.
The deli is self-serve style. Go to the counter, pick your bagel (they had a whole slug of choices, all boiled New York style), pick your cream cheese (several choices here too) & pick your smoked salmon or lox (or whatever other protein you might want…we were just there to have the Best Bagel & Lox in Seattle). I can’t remember how the whole lox thing worked now. There were several kinds. The lovely gal behind the counter explained them all. Then she explained the bagels, the cream cheese & all the various trimmings available. It was complicated & it was quite the production. Once we had finally got all our various choices figured out we paid at the counter & then retired to our oh-so-cheap-and-cheerful table by the window & waited for bagel magic to happen behind the counter. It surely did.