los angeles guest suites

 

pom couscous

pom steak

Reins Deli

by Anna Harari
Print Email

This weekend I went to visit my friend who goes to University of New Hampshire.  “You have to stop at Reins Deli on your way,” she told me, “It’s the best.”  I doubted it, considering between New York and Los Angeles I’ve eaten my way through some pretty good pastrami and wasn’t expecting a rest stop en route to New Hampshire to even enter the top ten list, but driving along Highway 84, just as we passed Vernon, Connecticut, we got hungry.  Looking back I realize what the strangely sudden pangs of hunger were: the food cupid striking us with his lovely arrow, because Dave and I could not have conceived the meal we were in for.

Rein’s New York Style Deli is located in a strip mall.  It is how I would imagine Disneyland to replicate New York.  The restaurant is divided into the different boroughs, you can sit in Manhattan, Brooklyn or the Bronx, the women’s bathroom is Queens and the men’s bathroom is Staten Island.  The bar, of course, is Grand Central. 

I ordered a Jersey Deluxe, aka pastrami, corned beef and swiss cheese, and Dave ordered chopped liver.  We ordered onion rings for the table.  They basically put to shame any onion rings I will ever consume in the future.  The food took us back to New York, the New York you imagine when you shut your eyes and its still industrial and not diluted and the pockets of greatness exist like sun beams you can barely believe you are touching, the way you imagine New York used to be like, and we only had to drive two and a half hours away to get there. 

  reinsdeli.jpg

Rein's Deli
453 Hartford Tnpk
Vernon, CT 06066
Phone: (860) 875-1344

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Restaurant News

Breakfast at Green City Market
Chicago
by Sue Doeden

2011greencitymarketgrilledcheese-1024x682Located along the south end of Lincoln Park along Clark Avenue, Chicago’s Green City Market bustled with activity on Saturday morning. Young parents pulling wagons loaded with children eating an...

Read more...
Tiffin Wallah
New York
by Anna Harari

indianfood.jpg I first fell in love with Indian food while working at a company in West Hollywood and my boss, who was a true asshole with excellent taste in food, always ordered lunches from Anarkali.  I...

Read more...
Higgins Restaurant & Bar
Oregon
by Sue Doeden

pretendsoup.jpgOne of the highlights of my experiences in Portland, Oregon was the dinner I had at the 2010 James Beard award-winning Higgins Restaurant and Bar. The dinner was hosted by the the California...

Read more...
Sri Siam Cafe
Los Angeles
by Jo Stougaard

jothai.jpgTwenty years ago when I lived in San Diego, my ex-husband and I loved eating at Karinya Thai Cuisine. The restaurant was up the street from our home in Pacific Beach, and it was our “go to”...

Read more...