When Alfred Kahn fled Nazi Germany in 1936 and ended up fighting in World War II with the Americans, he established himself as gutsy guy who got things done. And 60 years ago when he decided to open an authentic Jewish delicatessen in a city that had none, the enterprising Alfred introduced Houstonians to the rapture of a Reuben overstuffed with corned beef and sauerkraut, as well as a sandwich he called “The Texan” with layers of roast beef blanketed with cole slaw and Russian dressing. In a city of steak houses and barbecue joints, Alfred’s deli was a novelty and a hit. Today his legacy lives on through his son Mike, who, along with his partner Shein Armaan, expanded the menu to include delicious breakfast fare like omelets and wraps as well as lighter lunch dishes including salads. Kahn’s Deli sports exposed brick walls, high ceilings and polished concrete floors. There’s also a wine list if you want a glass of merlot with your hot pastrami. More upscale than Alfred’s original concept, but every bit as good.
Need a reuben but on a budget (or a diet)? The Credit Crunch Lunch offers smaller portions of your favorites, but you dont have to worry about the doggy bag.