OCEAN CITY, Md. -- Grabbing a bite at the beach often means fries on the boardwalk or crab cakes at dinner. A hub of haute -- and diverse -- cuisine it is not.
"I just couldn't get it out of my head that the real hole in the marketplace here at the shore was a Jewish deli," says Warren Rosenfeld, owner of Rosenfeld's Jewish Delicatessen.
A D.C. native, he became active in the Jewish community in Delmarva after retiring a couple of years ago. Rosenfeld was convinced that people living near the beach, or just visiting, would crave the familiar flavors of their childhood.
"We don't try to distinguish ourself from any other Jewish deli at all," he says. "We want to be exactly like every other Jewish deli."
To that end, the restaurant brings in smoked fish and knishes from New York City. The bagel dough comes in from Brooklyn; the meats arrive from Baltimore. Desserts are made locally to resemble those found in New Jersey diners, with high cream pies, big cheesecakes and big éclairs.
Rosenfeld examined menus at 12 Jewish deli menus to help design his own.
The deli is at 6301 Coastal Highway; the menu is here.
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