vegan pastrami, hold the schmaltz...


It's about time I finally made it out to Schmaltz!  This vegan deli is located in the yard right behind Domy Books, and run by the lovely Julia Hungerford-- who, when she's not noshing it up and feeding you like a Jewish grandma, can be found banging on the drums for the band US Labor!


If there's two things our cities can use more of, it's delis and vegan food.  So how perfect for the two to collide in the form of a quaint little trailer!  As I write this, I wondered what "schmaltz" is Yiddish for.  Well, fun fact: it turns out to actually be rendered duck or goose fat!  Wikipedia says so. 



Now, onto this pastrami sandwich you see above:

The bread-- a marbled rye that was grilled to a perfect crisp! (I forgot to ask where she gets it!)

The meat-- Julia makes her seiten pastrami from scratch and slices it oh so thin!! and, while I am no pastrami connoisseur by any means, I swear it tastes just like the real thing... Also, her portioning is perfect, in my opinion.  No excessive meat tower like they come in NY.  Bey hey-- some people like that...

The accessories-- shredded cabbage coated in a chipotle Russian dressing that gives the whole thing a perfect kick!!  Who knew chipotle and pastrami go so well together?? (I didn't!)  The cheese is optional in case you're vegan. I'm not, of course, so I said "cheese me!"

service with a smile

Schmaltz always has at least one or more kinds of home-brewed kombucha-- I tried a mixed berry with lime that was delicious.  And Julia is a pickler too-- ask for the half-dills if you know what's good for ya!  I can't wait to go back and try the felafel, because good felafel is another thing our city is short on.  I'm sure I will make my way back here during the upcoming East Austin Studio Tour...