And San Diego’s best deli is … by Michael James Rocha | San Diego Union Tribune

By Michael James Rocha | Oct. 3, 2013 | San Diego Union Tribune
DZ Akin's (6930 Alvarado Road, San Diego) is a popular choice among the Superdiners when they were asked, "Where is San Diego's best deli?"

Superdiners name their picks for the best deli around town, and one proved to be at the top of many lists

DZ Akin’s (6930 Alvarado Road, San Diego) is a popular choice among the Superdiners when they were asked, “Where is San Diego’s best deli?” — Nelvin C. Cepeda

There are delis, and then there are delis. We asked the Superdiners to share their nosh spot of choice for authentic deli food in San Diego County. It was almost unanimous. Can you guess what they said?

Fabrice Poigin, private chef, restaurant consultant: We don’t really have a Barney Greengrass (New York City) or a Canter’s (L.A.) here in San Diego, and it seems that people who really are into Jewish deli-type food ain’t quite satisfied with our local spots, but D.Z. Akin’s (6930 Alvarado Road, San Diego. 619-265-0218 or dzakinsdeli.com) seems to always be consistently busy and popular, so it must be for a reason, and I love their brisket! I wonder if it is as good as Howard Wolowitz’s mother’s, though?

Tina Luu, pastry chef, food lecturer at the Art Institute of California San Diego: D.Z. Akin’s is my neighborhood deli. If I am feeling breakfast, it’s hot coffee and latkes or cherry-cheese blintzes to start and corned beef hash and poached eggs with toast. Otherwise, it’s got to be a Reuben — overstuffed with pastrami, swiss and sauerkraut on rye. It is so good! Especially nibbled with one of the giant pickles that sit in a crock on each table. Read More