I love good salmon on a bagel. Recently in New York, I ate at Russ and Daughters in the basement of the Jewish Museum -- good food and a great takeout counter.
My enjoyment was further heightened because I recently read Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli. The book was a bit ponderous but delivered the meat -- a comprehensive overview of how delis evolved.
One of the book's themes was that the deli, like so much of cuisine, keeps changing with the times. Far from being a cheap meal, or proto-fast food, current delis are an ethnic, gourmet experience. True to the theme, I had eggs benedict with salmon at the deli.
Soul food that never fails to bring a smile.