Tampa getting New York-style Jewish deli on Cass Street

Bring on the egg creams.

click to enlarge Tampa's Cass Street Deli, opening early next year, will offer dishes like stacked pastrami on rye. - Courtesy of Cass Street Deli
Courtesy of Cass Street Deli
Tampa's Cass Street Deli, opening early next year, will offer dishes like stacked pastrami on rye.

In January, Tampa will see the opening of Cass Street Deli. Local restaurateurs Sean O'Brien, Garrett Garcia and Edward Shumard are behind the forthcoming New York-style Jewish delicatessen at 1331 W. Cass St.

Cass Street Deli will offer a carryout-driven menu of classics made with fresh ingredients in a small, energetic setting. Jamison B. Breadhouse Bakes supplies the bread, the hot dogs come from Tambuzzo Sausage Company and Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe smokes the meat.

According to a statement from Shumard, the deli promises to either source its ingredients from quality purveyors or make them from scratch in-house.

"Quality is just as important to us as authenticity," said Shumard, who holds an NYU master's degree in food studies and has returned to Tampa after more than 10 years in Manhattan. "New York is one of the world's culinary capitals and has taught me a lot over the last decade. I'm looking forward to bringing that authentic NYC Jewish deli vibe back to my hometown."

Guests can expect dishes like stacked pastrami on rye, knishes, matzo ball soup, whitefish salad and the iconic milk-seltzer-syrup drink that is the egg cream (because of course).

But that's not all: A grab-and-go market with hard-to-find Jewish fare is also planned on-site.

"After years of searching Tampa Bay for the perfect Reuben or bowl of matzo ball soup and always coming up empty, we decided it was time to give this market something it so desperately needs," general manager O'Brien said. "This is the food I grew up on, and so many of the New York transplants living in this area grew up on, so it seems only fitting to give Tampa a truly authentic Jewish culinary experience."

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