When cinematographer Nick Gruber was in the kitchen filming the construction of the highly anticipated Reuben that I was waiting for during the filming of our segment featuring an interview with Warren Rosenfeld and his highly popular Rosenfeld’s Jewish Delicatessen in Ocean City, Maryland, a reassuring and unexpected thing happened.
An elegant looking senior citizen walked over to the small corner table where I was seated with C.C. production assistant and TwinFin Media Digital Designer Alexis Shaak. She put her hand on my shoulder and said, “Are you looking for testimonials? That sandwich that I just finished was the best sandwich that I have had since I was twenty years old – and trust me that was a very long time ago.” After her statement, she gave a satisfied smile and walked out the front door.
It gave Alexis (who was busy polishing off one of her favorite food items – a kosher dill pickle) and I a little laugh and we knew we were in for a treat. Rosenfeld’s Jewish Delicatessen is something I like to think of now as the small space with a big city taste. On the cold and wet December day that we filmed (the outdoor seating area was closed due to the weather), it was warm and inviting and filled with the rich aroma of authentic, traditional Jewish fare which seemed to be everywhere.
The counter display area was filled with all kinds of food items that truly felt like something you would find only in New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, or Baltimore.
Owner Warren Rosenfeld grew up in Washington, DC working as a kid in his parent’s restaurant before he eventually went on to pursue a successful 30-year career as an attorney and businessman. He opened the deli three years ago at the age of 57 after he realized that retirement just wasn’t what he wanted. The deli has been incredibly popular ever since. So popular in fact, that the new Rosenfeld’s Jewish Delicatessen’s Food Truck draws large crowds when it makes its scheduled rounds through the Delmarva coastal areas.
If you happen to live in the Rehoboth area and miss the food truck when it’s around, fear not, Warren plans on opening a second location on Route 1 slated for 2016. We’re certain it will prove to be as successful as the cozy location in Ocean City – though much larger, and who knows, maybe a sweet senior citizen will proclaim the wonders of the Rosenfeld Reuben to you too when you get the chance to order.