Kenny & Zuke's

Ken's Place
1852 SE Hawthorne
(503) 236-9520
get there via trimet
find a bike route
9:30-2:30, Saturdays
Jewish (but not Kosher) soul-food

The Reuben
The Reuben
Pastrami & Eggs
K&Z's will be moving to the Ace Hotel downtown this summer.

They are not serving pastrami right now, until they reopen in September.

However, the deli will continue at Ken's Place until June 2nd with an expanded menu that includes our own Corned Beef, Pickled Tongue, Pot Roasted Brisket Open Sandwiches, Blintzes, Borscht and some other delicacies.

June 2nd is the last day in the SE Hawthorne location.

Full disclosure: I know these guys.

If you've had Pastrami King's pastrami in the last couple weeks at the Hillsdale Farmers Market, you know it's sublime. Well, they've given up on the market and moved their operation back to Ken Gordon's restaurant, Ken's Place, and it appears to be an unqualified success.

Before a couple weeks ago, I didn't understand why people get so excited about pastrami. I was thinking it was a waste of a good brisket. But now I understand, and now, I crave it.

It's a true brunch menu: pastrami & eggs, corned beef hash, latkes, a big salad, handmade bagels with lox, reubens, pastrami sandwiches, and baked knishes. We sat at the counter watching everything get made, and, wow, everything looked better than the last!

We began with a toasty warm potato knish ($2), which could be a meal in itself. One of my favorite things to do in NYC is go to Yonah Schimmel on Houston, and Nick's knish is even better than I remember having at Yonah Schimmel's.

We ordered a reuben ($10.25) and the pastrami & eggs ($8.75). Watching the reuben being grilled was almost painful, it was so beautiful. And while I would have preferred having eggs with sliced pastrami, the frittata was delicious and quite addictive. The guy next to me ordered the hash, which I would have liked to eat off his plate, and his daughter the bagel and lox. Whoa! Even the big salad looked like a decadent treat. We washed these down with Dr. Brown's cream and cel-ray sodas, the latter tasting like celery without the annoying strings. They also serve Stumptown coffee and eggcreams made with Dagoba chocolate. Yum!

Meals run from $6.75-$11.75, and we brought half of ours home. You can also get pastrami by the half pound, chopped liver, potato salad, cole slaw, and full or half-sour pickles.

The downsides here is that with everything looking and sounding and tasting so good, a nosh plate with little bits of this and that would really help. It's not a cheap endeavor, especially if getting breakfast there also means bringing a half pound home to nosh on later—and you practically have to! And the service, while friendly, is a little uneven at this point. Still, I'll be back.

filled under Eat Food Now in Beautiful SE Portland, hair of the dog, brunch, breakfast, se, the many faces of Ken Gordon
May 14, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (1)


extramsg said:

Thanks, VJ. I'm working on my waiting skills. ;-)

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