Kvetching About Old Timey Jew Food

St Viateur\'s Bagel in MontrealIf there’s one thing Jews like as much as, if not more than Old Timey Jew Food, it’s kvetching about Old Timey Jew Food. Maybe Kvetch is an understatement. The discussion at Chowhound regarding knishes in New York for instance, verges on the angry and irrational! Some claim the Knishes at Katz’s are better, but Katz’s Deli gets their knishes from Schimmel’s. Over at Jewschool, the conversation got to the point that one of their bloggers, an employee and devotee of Schimmel’s, moved his blog site off of their servers! These debates are endless though – which city makes the best bagels? New York? Montreal? Which bagel joint in a particular city makes the best bagels? H&H vs. Murray’s in New York? St. Viateur vs. Fairmount in Montreal? Pick a traditional Jewish food, express an opinion about who makes it best and soon legions of Jews will be on your ass telling you you’re wrong. The fact is that there really are very few authentic Old Timey Jew Food makers anymore. In North America, when the Jews moved out of the inner cities and into the suburbs, the food carts and Old Timey Jew Food stores gave way to strip malls and supermarkets. Old Timey Jew Food is now prized for its sentimental value more than anything else – biting into a latke reminds one of the latkes Bubbe used to make. Or something. Obviously nothing will ever compare or be as good as that knish you had that day in Queens with your Zaidye. It’s an area rife for dissent where one person’s glorious memories clash with another’s. But seriously, get over yourselves people. Old Timey Jew Food is peasant food. Eastern European peasant food at that. What’s to talk about? Eat your knish and shut up.

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2 responses to “Kvetching About Old Timey Jew Food

  1. I don’t care what anyone says. In Montreal, Lester’s (on Bernard) makes a better brisket than Schwartz’s.

  2. Speaking of Jew food – With Passover only a few weeks away, I wanted to let readers know about the Matzoh iPhone cases I have designed and am selling in my Etsy shop. They’re Kosher for Passover 🙂
    Here’s a link to the cases: https://www.etsy.com/listing/121041647/passover-matzo-matzah-iphone-4-case

    Hugs’n’Cases,
    Amanda
    Sealed With A Case
    sealedwithacase.etsy.com

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