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Editor’s Note: After realizing that Grubstreet has been running a series called The Food Chain for some time (whoops – sorry Grubstreet!), we’ve renamed our ‘Brooklyn Food Chain’ column ‘Food Tag.’ As in, ‘Tag. You’re IT!’

So welcome back to ‘Brooklyn Food Tag’ – a little experiment designed to connect Brooklyn chefs’ favorite bites. Each week, contributor Mariko Makino will ask a local chef to ‘tag’ one of their favorite go-to dishes – something they can’t get enough of when they’re heading out for a bite. With the weekly pick in hand, Mariko will chase down its creator to find out  how it’s prepared, and ask that chef in turn to tag their favorite, and the game goes on…

Last week, Momo Sushi Shack co-owner Philip Gilmour tagged the “Hummus Hot” at Yummus Hummus as his current fave. This week, Mariko catches up with Yummus’ Jay Leyritz to find out about his pick, ‘The ‘Ol Smokey,’ a smoked trout sandwich at Bushwick’s The Deli and General Store that he can’t go a week without.

The Ol's Smokey at The Deli and General Store in Bushwick gets the nod as this week's pick in Food Tag.

by Mariko Makino

Yummus Hummus co-owner Jay Leritz, on his current favorite dish in Brooklyn:

“It’s called The Deli and General Store and it is sort of an old style grocery spot that makes super insane sandwiches. They have this one sandwich made with smoked trout, The Ol’ Smokey, which is usually made on whole wheat but I always ask for it on a ciabatta roll. It’s just super tasty and awesome.  I go back there almost once a week just to get that sandwich.”

The Deli and General Store owner, Chris Demarko, responds:

“The Ol’ Smokey is smoked trout, cream cheese, red onion, and sliced avocado on whole wheat.  Well, usually on whole wheat unless it’s for Jay.  I grew up hunting and fishing and smoked trout was just something we always had — usually we would just eat it straight or on some crackers. When I saw that my distributor had smoked trout I knew I had to make a sandwich with it.  So, the morning it came in I was probably a little hungover, and needed something to eat and played around with the smoked trout.  A friend who was there tried it and loved it, so I put it on the menu.”

Next week, we chase down Chris’ favorite bite.

If you missed the first two episodes of Food Tag, you can read more about Momo Sushi Shack’s “Mexican Bomb” here or Yummus Hummus’ “Hummus Hot” here.


Can’t wait to sidle up to an Ol’ Smokey?  Stop by The Deli and General Store at 1087 Flushing Avenue (at Knickerbocker Avenue) in Bushwick.  Open daily 7:30am – 8pm.

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