A Great Pastrami on Rye at Godfried's, Saugus, Mass.

Does anyone remember Godfried's Deli on Route 1 in Saugus, Mass.? Always loved the New York style deli food here and the cast of personality-filled staff at this plain, homey type of restaurant. The Boston area has always had a shortage of really good delis, but Godfried's was one of the few that really shined. My grandma was quite picky about good Jewish deli food, and she liked this place -- that about says it all about the quality of this restaurant. They could serve up a great pastrami on rye, a top notch corned beef sandwich, a fabulous homemade chicken soup or dessert. Last time we were there, the waitress dropped my chicken plate on the floor, picked it up and served it to me. She was also about as pleasant as an agitated pit bull. Soon, Godfried's closed (was it sometime in the 80s?) and eventually became Godfried's Plaza.  No disrespect to having about the millionth shopping plaza in the state, but I really miss the family-style personality of Godfried's -- before my chicken plate fell on the floor, that is.


  1. I worked in the bakery at Godfried's in the early 70's when I was in high school. The food was good - the challah was especially delicious.

    1. What was the butterscotch type cookie? It was a little bit chewy and delicious. We went when I was a little kid.

  2. On the way home from visiting my gram we used to stop her. Always got a black and white cookie and a flat tire. Miss that place!

  3. They had the best deli pickles! Anyone know what kind of pickles those were?


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