By Alison Geisler
2:40 PM EDT, September 17, 2013
We've had a chill in the air lately, signaling the coming of cooler weather. With the change in seasons comes a shift in what we want to see on our plates. We want soups, hot meats and savory flavors. We want warmth and sustenance. At Katz's Deli Restaurant in Woodbridge, warmth and piles of meat are what it's all about.
On a night when I was feeling the beginnings of what turned out to be a nasty cold, the chicken matzo ball soup (small, $4.95; large, $7.95) helped warm me up, even though I only sampled my boyfriend's order. An order of three potato pancakes, served with apple sauce and sour cream ($7.95) helped balance the liquidity of the soup and the seltzer ($1.95, free refills) I was nursing. The beverage highlight of our visit was the chocolate egg cream ($2.95), which many of you may not know contains zero egg.
Our main course was really just a celebration of meat. I opted for the BLT (at a Jewish deli, I know), on wheat bread ($6.25). Our waitress delivered two inches of crispy bacon stacked under the lettuce and tomato. But my sandwich was dwarfed by my boyfriend's order, a full-size brisket sandwich ($9.99; half-size, $6.95). Layer after layer of hot brisket smooshed between two slices of rye, it would have fed both of us. One might have to unhinge their jaw just to take a full bite.
Our meals left us full and satisfied, with leftovers to spare. It's too bad I wasn't feeling better or I'd have insisted we order dessert anyway, as the homemade New York Cheesecake ($5.95) and homemade jumbo cookies ($2.50) sounded almost too good to pass up. My boyfriend managed to squeeze in an after-dinner beverage, a Dr. Brown's black cherry soda ($1.95). Needless to say, the size and breadth of Katz's menu will require a second or third visit.
Katz's Deli Restaurant
1658 Litchfield Tpke., Woodbridge, (203) 389-5301, katzsdeli.net.
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