Me and eating team co-captain ventured
out today for a LATE lunch, that is to say, it was blue hair dinner hour. (SOMEONE was hungover to beat the band) Anyhoo, we had the hardest time deciding what to get. Its overwhelming. I thought I had it until I read "horseradish cheese". Frk. This is hard! Finally decided on the roast beef with horseradish cheese on challah. AND an oreo malt. AND we got mac and cheese wedges. The man got the Kentucky Hot Brown. Now, though this does sound like some kind of sophomoric euphamism for some random kinky dirty sex act, it is not. Its a kinky dirty open faced sandwich...rotisserie turkey, alfredo, tomatoes, bacon and parm....Im sure any minute now he will log on and tell you all about it (see Andy G)..
Bread was perfectly soft and crispy. Malt was zee bomb. Cheese was very horsey and rather radishy. Meat, fab, and the au jus, Well, It was so good I dunked my sammie in it.
I've eaten at Mort's several times and most recently this past week. I decided to try something different this time and shared the chicken in the pot with a friend. The soup, matza balls and kreplach were almost as good as my wifes homemade. The chicken was OUTSTANDING!!! It is MUCH better than anything else in the Twin Cities. I've eaten their Corned Beef in the past and it has improved dramatically since they first opened. The service has also improved. The bad news, with an emphasis on BAD, are the pickles. Mort's has done us all an injustice by changing their pickles. The waiter told us they recently changed and several other customers have also complained. Come on David. If you want to be a REAL NY DELI or LINCOLN Deli, don't cut back on the pickles. Either serve the REAL deal, or don't serve them. Otherwise, you're doing a fine job.
The first time we tried Mort's, we got
sandwiches carryout and they were among the best we've ever had. We ate in the driveway, so as not to wake the baby asleep in her car seat.
We called in another carryout order a few weeks later, and I failed to check all the boxes and bags until I got home. The guy on the phone was very nice and clearly intended to get me my chocolate pudding, but it was MIA. [shrug] It happens.
How annoying then to realize that the chicken Caesar wrap contained no chicken at all. For a crouton sandwich it was okay, but seriously. That's a quality control issue, and shouldn't even be able to happen.
Here's the good news: even in the middle of lunch rush, manager Carlo has promised to make it up on our next order. Mort's is "on the bubble" with us, but it's not because of the food. The quality is very good, though whether it's worth the price is a worthy debate. For now we are still fans, and at least they seem to have the right attitude.
Great hot pastrami sandwich. Reuben was a meh. Chopped liver was a four out of five. Red velvet was really good. I would go back for the pastrami and desserts.
Amazing pickles (I don't even like pickles, and I'm not pregnant), delicious lox and bagels, huge portions, excellent service, close parking, outdoor seating - what could be wrong? Not much. A little pricey, but worth it!
I've never seen anyone walk out the
door without a to-go box, and the place is full of Jews-- we take this eating thing seriously. If you plan on heading delii-ward, clear at least two hours out of your schedule, just because it takes that long to chew all the consumables they'll plunk down in front of your face.
Reasons to love Mort's include the Yiddish sprinkled all over the menu, the home-made chips, and the fact that at least one third of the diners at any given moment know my grandma.
Oh, and the giant refrigerator case full of prehistoric sized desserts at the front. That's where you'll find me, glassy eyed, drooling, and reciting over and over again, "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is Mort."
I stopped in at Mort's Delicatessen to
grab a bite on my way home one day. It was about 1:20 pm, so the lunch rush was pretty much over, and I could be in and out. I was greeted warmly by the hostess and shown the menu and display case of incredible desserts.
I placed my order ordered and proceeded to make small talk with the hostess between her greeting people and showing them to the tables. One thing I noticed was the friendly, smiling wait staff and counter people. It was after lunch, and everybody should be tired and somewhat grumpy, rolling their eyes as more people proceeded to enter the establishment. This was exactly the opposite-they cheerful and eager to be busy. I couldn't wait to eat.
I ordered pastrami with horseradish cheese on caraway rye with all the fixings, and a piece of 6-layer chocolate cake that I brought to the fetching Mrs. Politte for an afternoon surprise at her job (I am such a mensch). There was enough meat for five sandwiches and the cake was bigger than my head. I pulled the car over to take photos so the world could see I wasn't stretching the truth.
Mort's has all the traditional Jewish deli items such as chopped liver, lox and cream cheese, bagels, knishes, latkes, kreplach, prakas, and gefilte fish. They have salads and the customary soups such as borscht and matzo ball, along with dinner entrees, platters and kosher meat sandwiches.
I found the menu a bit busy and difficult to navigate. There are twenty-seven specialty sandwiches, five burgers and sixteen deli sandwiches with ten bread choices that add into this equation, along with breakfast and a kids menu. But if you are patient and know what you like, a choice should come quickly, and if you are having real trouble, the friendly servers will be more than happy to lend a hand. And believe me-the food is definitely worth it.
There is a lot to see at Mort's deli and it may take more than one visit to experience them. They are a refreshing change from the burger, taco, pizza and sub sandwich places that assault the senses every other block throughout the metro.
Mort's is a good place to nosh, and an even a better place to kibitz with your bubbie.
Mort's is a great family-friendly restaurant! The menu had something for everyone, including grandma's favorite chicken livers! We will be heading back soon!
The smoked brisket is amazing. And the cheesecake... well there aren't words that describe the deliciousness.