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March 5, 2003
My favorite dish here is the Hot Pastrami Overstuffed Sandwich and the potato pancake is awesome.
Check out their menu online: www.katznevercloses.com
From journal Late Night Dining in Austin
by Linda Kaye
San Antonio, Texas
June 29, 2002
Katz’s is just the place for you. Since 1979 this restaurant has been the undisputed home of the most authentic, New York Deli-style cuisine south of the Hudson River. It is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Their motto is "Katz’s Never Kloses". This place even has a "mascot" of sorts; a vintage bright yellow Cadillac convertible, Texas License Plate # 24 HRS, which is highly visible in their parking lot behind the restaurant.
It was 10:00 in the morning when we entered Katz’s for a late breakfast when it hit us- NEW YORK- everything New York from the menu to the décor. There were pictures covering the walls: The Statue of Liberty, the New York skyline, including the World Trade Centers Twin Towers along with pictures of the black-and-white move era, James Dean, Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, to name a few. The restaurant is divided into small areas with cozy booths, creating an intimate experience.
As we watched other customers’ orders past by us, we marveled at the creations- deli sandwiches piled so high, you could hardly get your hands around them. One lady had to resort to a knife and fork to tackle her masterpiece. It was the #2 The Rueben, Katz’s trademark sandwich, corned beef, pastrami or turkey with melted Swiss cheese and sauerkraut, Russian dressing, served on grilled Jewish rye bread.
Katz’s menu is huge- seven pages long, with some great, unique items; breakfast items such as bagels and lox, challah french toast, and blintzes; other items not seen on many menus here is Texas such as kasha varniska, potato knish and fire dogs.
Our choice was the "Big Business Breakfast", two eggs, potato pancake, beef bacon (fried pastrami) and a Katz’s Colossal Cinnamon roll completely covered with cream cheese icing. Everything was delicious.
The desserts menu reads like the Seven Deadly Sins- Death by Chocolate, Caramel Fudge Cheesecake, Strawberry Therapy and the popular Chocolate Eruption- chocolate cream cake with nuts, chocolate chips, topped with turtle cheesecake, chocolate curls and caramel.
Next time, I will skip the breakfast and go straight to dessert.
From journal Austin--Deep in the Heart of Texas