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Dallas, We Have A Real Pastrami Sandwich: Roaster’s New York Deli & Bagels

Hanging TVs and hanging salami hang with the locals at Roaster's
Hanging TVs and hanging salami hang with the locals at Roaster's.

Yesterday I hit Roaster’s (old Ed’s Deli space at LBJ & Preston) around and the place was jumping. There was still a wait for tables but since we were the only deuce, we were seated quickly. The staff was flying around the room at dizzying speed thrusting jars of home made pickles and metal bowls of cole slaw on the table while they rearranged the condiments and slapped down the plastic (with pictures!) menu. Customers: kids a go-go, old Jewish ladies, young families, middle-aged foodies. I felt like I was dining on a Carnival cruise docked in Nassau.

Delicious cole slaw and pickles are free.
Delicious cole slaw and pickles are free.

Anywhoo, I just wanted to tell you about the pastrami sandwich because it is worth the trip: hot and hand-sliced pastrami it’s packed and piled high. Mine was on toasted rye with melted Swiss and extra Russian dressing. I scooped the cole claw, which was light and slightly sweet, on top. I ate half and thought I would burst. Some serious foodies feel that the pastries and breakfast platters are super expensive but the sandwich ($11.95) was enough for two.

Looks like they’ve shortened their name from Roaster’s  ‘N Toasters to  Roaster’s. I don’t care what they call it– when my mouth was full of pastrami I could have closed my eyes and imagined myself sitting at Carnegie Deli in New York. (Then again, I was highly caffeinated.) Evan Grant will review the lox, bagels, and corned beef later. UPDATE: FYI, they are only open for breakfast and lunch.

The pastrami is way better than my photography
The pastrami is way better than my photography.
  • Willy

    Nancy, I happened to be at Carnegie Saturday.$12.95 for the Pastrami Sandwich. That was after 4 dogs at Gray’s Papaya

  • luniz

    cool, thanks for the pictures.

  • DGirl

    Willy – watch that nitrate intake, my friend.

  • Willy

    Same as you Nancy, I only ate half. Gray’s was a bucket list must for my daughter.

  • Dr. Freud

    “Mine was on toasted rye with melted Swiss and extra Russian dressing.”

    Hmmm. Oy vey … Such a shiksa!

  • Jeffrey Weiss

    I’ve been a patron of the original in Miami for years. My ‘rents live nearby, so whenever I visit, it’s one of the regular stops. It’s no Wolfie’s or Pumpernick’s (for any SFla alta kakers like me in the audience) but it is the real deal. I had no idea it was here. I wonder if it serves *real* bagels instead of the dinner-rolls-with-holes that masquerade most places in Dallas? (Nancy, if you liked it with the Swiss and Russian dressing and cole slaw, why did you not simply order a Reuben? Which is, pace “Dr. Freud,” an authentic sandwhich of the genre…)

  • Dr. Freud

    Reuben = corned beef, sauerkraut and Russian dressing, nu?

  • Jeffrey Weiss

    Sometimes with cole slaw, at least in the SFla of my youth. Like standing up or sitting down for the Shema.
    A division of opinion without a halachic resolution…1:-{)>

  • Nancy Nichols

    Roaster’s offers corn beef Reuben and turkey Reuben, both with hot sauerkraut. Mine was “Pastrami Rachel.” And I didn’t want sauerkraut.

  • Dr. Freud

    True! To the best of my recollection, there was neither cole slaw nor sauerkraut on Mount Sinai.

    But you are not suggesting cheese on an “orthodox” Reuben, are you?

  • Nancy Nichols

    I didn’t say anything about orthodox. Who are you people! I’m a WASPY shiksa who in 1976 totally humiliated her Jewish boyfriend by slathering mayo on pastrami piled on top of white bread.While sitting on plastic covered chairs in a dining room in Brooklyn. His family would not allow us to marry. True story.

  • Matt

    Went opening week – thumbs up for the Pastrami and tuna melt good too – but major thumbs down on the Matzo Ball Soup. Very disappointing, can-quality salt bath.

  • Jeffrey Weiss

    One the best movie sight gags ever: Woody Allen’s silent reax to Diane Keaton ordering corned beef with mayo on white bread in “Annie Hall.” (and Nancy, Dr. Freud and I are jess funnin’ each other, to use the local vernacular… )

  • arthur sank

    Had lunch there with my daughters twice the first week they were open and I wish I had 5
    more kids. Had to show them what a real N. Y.
    deli was really like when I was a kid living
    in Brooklyn. Will be back this week and don’t
    care how fat I get- it’s worth it

  • jon

    “I’m a WASPY shiksa who in 1976 totally humiliated her Jewish boyfriend by slathering mayo on pastrami piled on top of white bread.”


    my shiksa girlfriend mispoke at our first passover seder, accidentally referring to shank bone as a “skank bone”.

    luckily my family is a bit more understanding!

  • Cereal Killer

    Off the subject as I’d not been to Roasters yet but will quickly get on it! Speaking of a reverse Annie Hall moment. My former mother n’ law was apparently nervous about meeting her first Hebrew when I visited for the first time. We were at a restaurant and she mistakenly called the Gazpacho soup Gestapo soup.

  • Alfonso

    thought the deli-sliders was a strange confluence of trends, although the smaller size is a good idea. their regular pastrami is enough for two people.

    my Jewish colleague hadnt seen that many of his tribe since the last time he went to Temple. That made for a colorful lunch.

  • laurie

    Hey Jon and Cereal Killer,

    Thanks for making me laugh!

  • jon

    “Thanks for making me laugh!”

    we’re jews…its what we do!

  • js

    Hope it is better than Carnegie — just got back from NYC and ate there on Saturday (first time). Complete and total disappointment! Have eaten at much better delis in NYC.

  • Scagnetti

    The problem with eating Jewish food is 16 hours later you’re hungry again.

  • Catering Dallas

    Hey u r right about pastrami sandwich . Nice snaps too. Have a nice time.

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