From the moment we walked in the door, we just knew the service and atmosphere at Kenny & Ziggy’s was perfect for the first LOCAL Family Issue’s Perfect Pair. The New York style(d) deli, holding court on Post Oak Blvd. essentially next to The Galleria since the late 90s, Kenny & Ziggy’s embodies family. The ~260 person space, full of anyone and everyone in between during open hours, is decked out in Broadway and movie posters (some quite humorously edited) hardwoods, red booths, that required deli case, a party room (the Schmooze Room) and all the other stuff including a friendly staff for that perfectly classic Jewish-American deli spot. It’s won plenty of awards to prove its worth, and Ziggy, the guy is even in a movie about delis (Deli Man). Yesh! All as it should be though, considering Ziggy is a third-generation deliman, a former Michelin restaurant chef, and an all-around good guy. Kenny & Ziggy’s has that quintessential delicatessen menu covering all the cold cuts like pastrami and corned beef and all those Eastern European Jewish classics. All done the right way, minding tradition and using top-quality ingredients. And people eat it up! Say you show up at Post Oak and there’s a line for weekend brunch? Don’t forget the West University location is open for business as well.
So why this pair? Well, for starters, the fizzy (soda water), chocolate, half and half and egg white Harvey DOORSLAMMER, when paired with the JUNIOR LOX BAGEL, really brings out the best of the best of the authentic bagel, precisely sliced smoked salmon, cream cheese, lettuce, onions and tomatoes… OK, you got me. Yeah, you likely wouldn’t pair these two, but you know who would? Your kids. And let’s be honest. You’d happily eat and drink these two as well. This isn’t some Pete Wells in the Times restaurant review; this is a heck of a meal for your kids at Kenny & Ziggy’s in Houston. So let’s be realistic here. The menu at Kenny & Ziggy’s is not a huge page shy of 6 pages full of choices, there’s also a kids menu and breakfast is served all day. You’ll find something as did the tens of thousands of diners year after year and as Guy Fieri did when “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives“ came to visit a few years back. If Guy likes it, you know you and your family will too!