One of my fondest childhood memories is going to Canters in Los Angeles for a giant corned beef sandwich and pickles. The sandwiches were huge, and I used to slap on a ton of mustard. Those were the days.
When I moved to Manhattan back in the 80’s to attend NYU, I couldn’t find a deli that could produce a corned beef sandwich of the same caliber as Canters. I tried a bunch of the old skool delis — but none of them blew me away.
The one deli that kept me going those four years was Carnegie. Their corned beef sandwich took Canters and kicked it up a notch. You could literally make two meals out of one sandwich.
Well, when I moved to New Jersey back in the nineties, I really struggled with my corned beef sandwich cravings. On many occasions, I would hop in the car and drive to Manhattan just to pick up a sandwich from Carnegie. The drive was rough, but the food was worth it.
Then a couple of years ago I was talking with one of my buddies from the office. I was totally strung out – and needed a serious corned beef infusion. That’s when I was turned on to Eppes Essen. Eppes what! Eppes Essen the epicenter of great deli food in Livingston, New Jersey.
I immediately fired up my Maybach – I mean Saab — and headed straight over to the deli.
I ordered. I ate. I smiled.
I found it – the best corned beef sandwich in New Jersey.
105 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
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