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Holocaust Museum Houston’s newest exhibit celebrates the history, culture, and food of the Jewish deli

Houston’s Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen is among the restaurants featured in a new exhibit.


Stacked sandwiches are a staple of the Jewish delicatessen


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It's named for a famous line from the film When Harry Met Sally, but it has more to do with where the line was spoken – at a Jewish deli.

"I'll Have What She's Having": The Jewish Deli is an exhibit exploring how Jewish immigrants from mostly Central and Eastern Europe brought recipes and traditions with them to create an American restaurant staple of the 20th century.

The exhibit opens Friday, May 5, and continues through Aug. 13 at Holocaust Museum Houston.

In a way, it’s a testament to the Bayou City that the exhibit is here. Unlike other cities that have watched their Jewish delis fade in recent years, Houston's are still going strong. A leading example is Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen.

In the audio above, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with Kenny & Ziggy’s owner Ziggy Gruber, and Alex Hampton, Holocaust Museum Houston's changing exhibitions manager. They discuss the exhibit and whether generational tastes are making it more challenging to keep some traditional Jewish delis around.

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Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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Craig Cohen

Craig Cohen

Executive Producer & Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager,...

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