Pastrami Joe’s – Battle Creek
Even on my days off, I seem to end up working. J and I were starting to wind down for the evening when I got a phone call from work asking if I could meet a co-worker in Battle Creek. I really wasn’t doing anything else and I can always use the overtime, so I agreed to a couple hours of work.
Actually, it was only about fifteen minutes of work once I got to Battle Creek, but with the drive and the inevitable lunch break, it became a couple of hours.
After helping the co-worker that needed my help, I figured I could just pick up dinner. I was already close to downtown and there’s a sandwich shop that I really like and don’t get to enough.
The new location is not too far from the old one. It’s right across the street from Arcadia Ales on Michigan Avenue just south of the river.
On a typical night, there is street parking in addition to a parking ramp attached to the structure. This wasn’t quite a typical night though as the Back to the Bricks Classic Car Show was just starting, so I had to park quite a few blocks away and walk to the restaurant.
The new restaurant is quite large. When you walk in, the order counter and kitchen are immediately to your left and there’s a large dining room to the right. It was getting close to closing time by the time I walked in, so there were only a couple tables being used.
I missed the big menu hanging on the wall when I walked in, but there were paper menus sitting on the counter. It wasn’t going to be too hard to figure out what I wanted though….I mean, they have Pastrami right in the name.
I texted J to see if she wanted anything, but she said she wasn’t really hungry. Her loss. I was and I wanted a big pastrami sandwich.
I ordered the #10. It’s the Joe’s “soon to be famous” Hot Pastrami. This delicious, warm, peppery pastrami is served on light rye with a spicy dark mustard and pickles. This is the way pastrami is supposed to taste. I could smell it in the bag sitting on my front seat and I just couldn’t help myself. I unwrapped the large sandwich and started trying to figure out a way to eat it while driving. The meat was so juicy that it was destroying the bread and there was so much meat I didn’t have a chance of getting it in my mouth while driving without losing half of the contents on my shirt. I sort of deconstructed the sandwich and was ripping parts of the bread off and pairing them with a handful of meat. The meat was so flavorful and the spicy mustard gave it a heckuva kick.
The bill for the large sandwich was a little over $8. It’s a shame I don’t get to Battle Creek more often than I do. There are so many great places downtown and Pastrami Joe’s is one of them. You either half ass deli’s or you do it right and it’s amazing. Pastrami Joe’s does it right.