The Bottom Line
Craving an authentic New York-style Jewish deli? This Miami Beach institution serves up the old favorites: bagels and lox, corned beef and cabbage and mile-high pastrami sandwiches.
- Funky 1950s atmosphere
- Many vegetarian options
- Stunning selection of desserts – everything from honeybuns to Halvah
- Quick, no-nonsense service
- Gargantuan portions
- * Restaurant is located in the northern end of Miami Beach, a bit far for tourists
- Menu is so large that it is a bit overwhelming
- Super-casual atmosphere (you will see surfers, grandparents and Cuban immigrants)
- Cool, retro vibe (the restaurant opened in 1954)
- Scrumptious deli cuts, including fresh lox and pickled herring
- Catering is available
Guide Review - Wolfie Cohen's Rascal House
Frank Sinatra and his buddies used to dine here after performing in Miami Beach – and the kitschy, hip vibe still permeates Wolfie Cohen’s Rascal House today. This authentic delicatessen is a throwback to the old Miami, but the food is still incredible. Upon sliding into the leather-lined booths, you will notice pots of pickles and pickled cabbage on the table. Indulge freely.
The restaurant-deli is located at 17190 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. It is far – very far – from the tourist hub of South Beach. However, it is well worth the drive. If you are on South Beach, take Collins Avenue north; it will take about a half-hour with traffic. If you are in the city, take either Biscayne Boulevard of I-95 to 163d Street, then head east toward the beach. Turn left on Collins and the restaurant will be eight blocks on your left. The restaurant does not take reservations; if you are lucky, there won’t be a line snaking out the front door.
If you have room after eating the giant pastrami and cheese (or for the traditionalists, throw a slice of tounge on the sandwich), try the cheesecake; it’s made fresh, in house every day. The desserts alone are worth a visit – just imagine stacks of blueberry-filled blintzes, apple crumb cakes and key lime pies and you’re in Rascal House heaven. Take home a batch of rugelah and a half-dozen cherry danishes and savor the Rascal experience at home.
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