When Lee Katz opened Katz New York Deli & Restaurant in the summer of 2001, I took my kids with me to order a little bit of Jersey. Since then I have frequently written about Katz, given them CL Best of awards, and been thankful they are here. So I was somewhat surprised when the owner of Nona's confessed that she had only recently heard of Katz and had made the road trip from the University area to south Charlotte. And that's what I'm talking about in this column. I need to get you folks together. Although the university and south Charlotte, or Huntersville and Ballantyne, may seem far apart, they are not. Just keep that GPS handy.
Where to find it: New York deli food.
Anyone from the New York City area will immediately recognize Katz. Here you can find hand-cut pastrami, great rye bread, corned beef, baked on-site knishes ($3.75), Carnegie Deli cheesecake, and, of course, the accents. Everyone here has one.
I go for the Sloppy Joes, which is a northern Jersey regional food. These are double-decker, two fisted sandwiches, typically turkey or ham (Katz has spicy Italian ham, so the turkey is better), with cole slaw, Thousand Island dressing, and thin slices of Swiss cheese on rye.
It's a little tricky to find Katz. It's in the other shopping center in the Arboretum -- the one with the banks (southeast corner of Providence and 51) -- and on the backside.
Katz New York Deli & Restaurant, 8045 Providence Road. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
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