Washington Metro – Real Jewish Deli 1

Outside Washington DC’s core area, you can find a few more-authentic Jewish delis, including, finally, a real kosher Jewish deli!

If you have a car, this journey is not a long one, if you choose a good time of day, and you can certainly incorporate visiting these on a side-trip to Baltimore or on a trip to destinations in the northern part of the Metro area or just a one-time “food run” to get supplies to keep in your hotel room refrigerator, if you have one.

For orthodox Jews and for orthodox Muslims, getting kosher or halal food can be a real problem when traveling. Finding a real, kosher deli solves that problem.

It’s also wise for every traveler to have a food stash – whether it’s because of a terrorist attack on a hotel (like what happened in Mumbai, India a few years ago), or whether it’s a city coming to a standstill, like what happened in the flooding in Brisbane, Australia OR the huge snowstorm which hit Washington, DC, yesterday, (along with closing the airports there, as well as in all NYC, Boston and Philadelphia ones).

So, the real KOSHER deli, first! It’s called Shalom Deli and it’s in Wheaton, Maryland. See the Metro map, below.

The counter at Shalom Kosher Deli resembles a New York style deli, but unlike all the others we’ve discussed so far, all its food IS Kosher and this is a market and catering business, not a restaurant. Two of their kosher restaurants are located in downtown Washington DC at the sports stadiums.

The deli sandwiches are amazing: the corned beef is cured and cooked in-house, along with their turkey breast and roast beef. There’s a complete line of kosher deli meats.

The staff will cut your kosher deli meat to order, to take home or have them prepare a delicious deli sandwich for you. The deli also has a wide variety of parve salads (parve means kosher neutral foods – they go with either dairy or meat).

Fish is also considered parve. They carry traditional smoked fish, hand-cut nova lox, sable and herring.

The deli department also offers a dairy section with sliced kosher cheeses and other specialties such as knishes and halvah (halavah, halva) (a delicious, traditional sesame seed candy — in fact, my great-grandfather was a halavah candy-maker back in Northern Europe).

As it’s a kosher grocery, you can stock up on shelf-stable items, too, and there’s substantial diversity in the different grocery lines along Shalom’s aisles. They carry items from both kosher manufacturers and big name American food manufacturers who have received Kosher (K) designation certification. They have a Kosher wine section, too.

This is the most useful link for take-out information:
Shalom Deli Counter Menu

If you are with a larger group, or want to make sure that you can eat at your hotel or conference, if that is the purpose for your visit, then ask your hotel to use an unopened platter from Shalom for your conference meals. Have Shalom send it to your hotel conference, if your hotel does not have a kosher-certified or halal-certified kitchen. Kosher food platters, Shalom Deli

Shalom Deli and Catering is under the Supervision of Rabbinical Council of Greater Washington.

If you want to eat kosher food at National Stadium or FedEx Park for sports events, then read this page, as Max’s Cafe is part of the same group as Shalom Deli is: Kosher food at Washington’s sport stadiums

“MAX’S has provided meals to visitors to the Washington, DC area for over a decade.”

MAX’S can provide your group with box lunches, group meals at the restaurant, as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner at your hotel.
Call their staff at 301.949.6297 to discuss your needs. They will work with you to create a kosher meal plan to ensure your visit goes well.

Max’s Café Kosher Meals delivered

Max’s Café
2319 University Blvd. West
Wheaton. Maryland 20902
Phone: 301-949-6297
Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. / Friday: 11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Prepared Foods: Wednesday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. / Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. only, closed on the Sabbath

Shalom Deli
2307 University Blvd. West
Wheaton. Maryland 20902
Phone: 301.946.6500
Fax. 301.946.1041
Sun. 8:00am – 6:00pm
Mon. – Wed. 8:00am – 7:00pm
Thurs. 8:00am – 8:00pm
Fri. 8:00am – 2:00pm — not open on the Sabbath

Next time, the other great Maryland deli choices, one in Pikesville, one in Baltimore.

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