Some of the best pastrami sandwiches in Central Texas are moving up in the world. Otherside Deli is relocating from a food trailer operation into a brick-and-mortar space at 1104 W. 34th St. The location in the Medical Center are was previously home to Delaware Subs.
Owners Conor Mack and Derrick Smith will bring over their popular pastrami sandwich, Reuben, turkey sandwich and other trailer hits, and will also expand greatly on the sandwich menu. Those who remember Delaware Subs cheesesteak sandwiches will find the duos take on the Philly classic, along with other hot subs like meatball and eggplant parm.
Otherside Deli, which Mack and Smith hope to have open in the next four to six weeks, will be open for breakfast, with hours tentatively set from 8 a.m to 8 p.m., when they will serve Wholly Bagels with smears, lox and other breakfast sandwiches.
The expanded space means the guys will also have more room to get ambitious. Their deli will also serve latkes and Otherside, which has already established itself as one of the best food trailers in town, intends to take their fermentation and house-made condiments to another level, making their own mustard and sauerkraut and pickling their own peppers.
“We want it to be an affordable neighborhood spot that happens to make way better food than you’d expect,” Mack said.
Smith, who worked at the famed Hershel’s East Side Deli in Philadelphia for about five years before working for JuiceLand and Workhorse Bar in Austin opened the trailer with friend and New Jersey native Mack earlier this year.
In short time, their velvety pastrami, which earned a place on my Best Sandwiches in Austin list, has been their calling card. The guys trim the brisket and brine it in a mixture of pink salt and water that also includes sugar, garlic, honey, cloves, ginger, coriander, bay leaf and more, infusing the meat with aromatic depth. They then rub it with black pepper and coriander before smoking it for four to five hours (their limited space means shorter smoking times using an oven attachment) and finishing it with an overnight steam.
If the execution of their limited trailer menu is any indication, the arrival of Otherside Deli on West 34th should be a welcome addition to Austin’s growing sandwich scene.