Restaurant Week 2009: Katzinger’s Delicatessen

Today was a busy day in our Restaurant Week activities, as we ended up going to three (yes, three!) different places. The first of these was to an old standby, Katzinger’s. Even though I’ve come here ever since I moved to Columbus the first time around in 1995, without realizing it, a year can go by and I’ll have not been there. Don’t get me wrong – my issues aren’t with their food. It’s just not something I can afford all the time. I used to think that Katzinger’s prices were sky high, until I went to the delis in New York City and got bent over a pickle barrel if you know what I mean (even in NY, $25 for a sandwich? I don’t think so). That put things into perspective for me, and ever since then, even though it is a rare treat, Katzinger’s has always been on my radar.

I’ve been meaning to go back ever since they started their Recession Specials – where you can get discounted corned beef sandwiches on Monday, and discounted turkey sandwiches on Tuesday. When this whole Restaurant Week thing came up, it was just the impetus I needed to head over. BTW, for those of you avoiding Katzinger’s because of parking, we had no problem finding on-street parking at 2pm, and a sign in their store says they now have a lot of their own on City Park. So just an FYI.

Exterior of Katzinger's (Columbus, OH)

Ordering is easy – just step up to the counter and place your order, pay for it, and after a few minutes wait, they’ll let you know when your order is ready. Either sit and people watch, or wander around the store, and the time it takes to make your sandwiches will fly by.

Katzinger's Counter (Columbus, OH)

So anyway, back to Restaurant Week. Their offering for this week is a Flight of Corned Beef for Two (with Turkey or Vegetarian variations as well), which essentially gives each person a half of three different kinds of corned beef sandwiches, a small potato salad, and a brownie for $15 total. I managed to discover during this journey that I really like hot mustard on a sandwich. Good to know. 🙂

Katzinger's Flight of Corned Beef

And don’t forget to get some of those free pickles.

Dill Pickle Bucket at Katzinger's

I have to say, I wasn’t as enamored with the dill pickles as I usually am. For some reason, they were super salty today, and almost too salty to eat. But the garlic ones were as delicious as usual.

Dill and Garlic Pickle from Katzinger's

My problem with Katzinger’s is that they have so many delicious samples laying out and about in their specialty shop that I leave spending much, much more than I want to. Today I left with a bottle of a really sweet balsamic vinegar, a bacon chocolate bar, and some goat milk’s butter, which I’m going to eat with the 8-grain bread that I bought.

Bread at Katzinger's

It’s a good thing that I stayed far, far away from the cheese counter. If there’s one thing I can’t resist, it’s cheese. And they have quite the selection.

Cheeses at Katzinger's

While I was there, I saw that they have some upcoming events that I’d love to attend. Have any of you ever been? Was your experience enjoyable?

I think I need to start going to Katzinger’s more often. I think I’m going to start by going back later this week to try the Turkey Flight. 🙂

If you’d like to go: Katzinger’s Delicatessen, 475 S. Third Street, Columbus (German Village). 614.228.3354

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10 thoughts on “Restaurant Week 2009: Katzinger’s Delicatessen

  1. Claire

    Katzinger's is one of the best places to eat in Columbus, and the best deli by a landslide. I always had a problem with parking and paying the prices, mostly because I am always stressed out with parking in German Village (I'm a Short North girl). HOWEVER, their corned beef sandwich is a reason to cross the city. I always find myself crawling back every few months and indulging in a some corned beef.

    I went to Barcelona tonight for their tasting menu and it was top notch. The croquettas (spelling?) we're absolutely amazing. As Anthony Bourdain would say, they are best at 3 AM drunk.

  2. Paul Ferrara

    Speaking of Restaurnt Week, I'm going to The Top tonight and the Refectory on Friday. Katzinger's Restaurant Week menu seemed to be geared toward two.

  3. diane warren

    Thanks for the wonderful review! i will check into those pickles. Paul, the flights are designed for two but we happily serve them to 1 for 1/2 price -$7.50. I am loving Restaurant Week for all the DOC restaurants.

  4. columbusfoodie Post author

    You'll have to let me know how The Top is – we have reservations for there on Saturday night. And I've never had anything less than a stellar experience at The Refectory, so you should be in for a couple of good meals this week. 🙂

    I was glad to see that Diane pointed out below that they can do the flights for single people as well for 1/2 price. I was having a hard time deciding between Paul or my mother for the return visit this week, and now I don't have to – I can bring both. 🙂

  5. columbusfoodie Post author

    We have reservations for Barcelona for Sunday, and we're really looking forward to it. I'm hoping that those croquetas are still on Sunday's menu (since it changes night to night).

  6. columbusfoodie Post author

    You're welcome, Diane. I liked that it gave me the opportunity to try out sandwiches I would probably never go for otherwise (I'm predictable – I pretty much end up getting the #27 every time I come in). Glad to hear that you're letting singles participate this week, too. I know it's caused a lot of confusion with people I've talked to.

    BTW, I'm loving the goats cream butter and 8 grain bread I picked up yesterday. It's a million kinds of awesome!

  7. Deb

    I visited Katzinger's last Friday. I ordered a sandwich and a challah to go.

    The sandwich was very good, albeit costly (I knew what I was getting into).

    The challah was not very good and very costly.

    I paid for the challah and was brought a poppy seed version. I wanted it without seeds.

    The clerk traded the poppy seed challah for a traditional braided challah, which was what I wanted. It seemed to weigh about 1/3 of the first challah.

    As there was a line I decided not to wait around to find out if there was a cost difference between the traditional braided challah and the poppy seed one I had paid for ($5.75).

    We had it at home an hour later. It was not very good; a little stale tasting and not very flavorful. I also thought it didn't have enough "stretch" to the dough, almost too "airy".

    I thought for $5.75 a challah from a very good deli would taste a lot better and a lot fresher.

    As a fellow small business owner I appreciate feedback. I am offering this in the same spirit.

  8. Matt

    I'm generally reluctant to eat at the Kat, even though I live 2 blocks away. The mix of long lines, and high prices are a little off putting. The food more than makes up for it though. If I could afford to daily drop $12 on a sandwich, I certainly would.

    May I suggest though that you check out the Brown Bag on the corner of Mohawk and Whittier. Katzinger quality for half the price. Their set sandwich menu is a little more progressive than Katzinger's, but equally good. And, their daily specials can't be beat. Plan on getting your food to go though, as seating is limited, and generally occupied.

  9. columbusfoodie Post author

    Katzinger's is a once in a while treat for me. 🙂 Their sandwiches are great, just like you I can't afford to drop that much for lunch regularly. I'm not sure if they're still running Corned Beef Mondays and Turkey Tuesdays (I know they were in March, not sure if that continued into April), where you'd get a discount on those types of sandwiches on those days, but that made it a little better priced.

    I like Brown Bag Deli a lot. And Danny's Deli too.

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