Nosh: D.Z. Akin’s Deli by Eileen Sondak | San Diego Jewish Journal

Review By Eileen Sondak, December 2011 | San Diego Jewish Journal

This month, as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the San Diego Jewish Journal, we look back with pride at the first edition of our publication and the community support that brought us to this important milestone.

D.Z. Akin’s, a name synonymous with New York-style Jewish deli, was the first restaurant reviewed on these pages and remains one of the most beloved delicatessen/bakeries in town. Although the deli has undergone a few changes over the past decade, there is no skimping on the old family recipes.

“We refurbished the outside a few years ago, but we were in the middle of a recession so we couldn’t get to the inside,” said Debi Akin, co-founder of the family-owned eatery. “We wanted to keep the prices down and the quality up, even though our costs were rising. We couldn’t pass the increases on to our customers when everyone was feeling the recession.”

Changing tastes and eating habits were not lost on the Akins, who have kept the business thriving at their Alvarado Road location since 1980. As son Elan Akin pointed out, “We added six new salads” (in addition to the traditional salads on the menu). Now you can enjoy Santa Fe chopped chicken salad, Mandarin chicken, Thai steak and noodle, Mediterranean salad and other new additions, along with standards like tuna, whitefish and fresh vegetable salad. Read More