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Chutzpah

12214 Fairfax Towne Center
Fairfax, VA 22033
703-385-8883
www.chutzpahdeli.com

CUISINE Deli, Comfort Food

PRICE $$ ($13-$20)

HOURS Open for breakfast and lunch, daily, dinner, Monday through Saturday.

DELIVERY No

TAKEOUT Yes

NVM AWARDS Best Bargain Restaurant 2007
Best Bargain Restaurant 2008

NEARBY METRO None

SPECIAL FEATURES

Breakfast Weekend
Breakfast Weekday
Lunch
Dinner
Kids Menu
Takeout
Accepts Credit Cards



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NVM Review

Best of the US II: New York Egg Cream - Honorable Mention

(March 2010)

By Warren Rojas

You can’t go wrong with Fox’s u-bet and seltzer. Chutzpah’s version is sweet, salty and, ultimately, quite soothing.

(May 2008)

By Warren Rojas

An order of homemade latkes ($4.95) reveals lacey rounds of shredded spuds and diced onions bronzed till they crunch (Oy vey!). It’s all poised to go sweet (add applesauce) or savory (sour cream) at your command. The Romanian steak ($17.95) brings a bear of a tenderloin smothered in caramelized onions and topped with golden onion rings, plus sides (so much food).

(June/July 2007)

By Warren Rojas

Pair an authentic chocolate egg cream ($2.25)—bearing a chocolate syrup base, frothy milk up top and a sea of chocolate-infused seltzer in between—with a hunk of cinnamon-crusted, chocolate babka ($3.25).

(May 2006)

By Warren Rojas

The expletives don’t fly as fast as furious as they would in a real New York deli. But maybe that’s because it typically doesn’t take that long to grab a knish, order up a pound of kosher meat for the family, or wash away the bitter taste of a bad day at work with an honest-to-god egg cream at Chutzpah, a much friendlier facsimile of a Big Apple eatery.

Located at the rear of Fairfax Town Centre, the restaurant is mainly an L-shaped deli counter where customers line up for take-out orders, with a tiny dining room off to one side. Assorted breakfast fare is all under $10, specialty sandwiches and salads hover below $12, and the voluminous entrees max out $18 for Romanian tenderloin.

The breakfast menu is crowded with all the bagels, bialys and blintzes you can eat, not to mention more smoked fish (gevilte, lox and whitefish creations abound) than you can shake a stick at. An order of grilled pastrami and eggs ($7.95) brings a salty mound of striated beef and fluffy eggs, along with your choice of toast (the seeded rye is outstanding). If you are up for a challenge, the deli sells a number of overstuffed sandwiches including the towering Sky Scraper; the standing deal is if you can finish the triple-decker sub—which comes with your choice of two meats, one cheese, and piles of homemade coleslaw and Russian dressing—in a single-sitting, dessert is on the house.

Meanwhile, most entrees can be served either “a la carte” (entrée plus one side) or as a full “dinner” (entrée, salad and two sides). Bubba’s meatloaf summons a brick of juicy meat laced with diced peppers and onions and topped with a smoky tomato glaze that’s stick-to-your ribs good.

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