The second key to my sandwich was steamed meat. The great Jewish delis of New York and Los Angeles steam their pastramis to make them hot and tender on a sandwich, and while Deli Belly may not smoke its own pastrami, steaming that Boar’s Head gives it a bigger, more sultry profile than I thought you could get, off the rack.
I decided to check out the original, Rancho location, just to be sure I hadn’t imagined everything. This time I ordered from the $12, premium sandwich menu, selecting the Double New Yorker: steamed pastrami with both Havarti and provolone cheese, pickles, mustard, and thousand island dressing on toasted rye. Much closer to the celebrated New York sandwiches that inspired it, for this one, the pastrami was stacked even thicker, with no tomatoes or onions to get in its way. Another success!