My wife and I ate at Abe's Kosher Deli one evening in late fall when we were passing through Scranton. It reminded me of the kind of kosher home-style cooking that I experienced with my grandmother in the '50s and have not had in a long time. In our visit to the restaurant, it appeared to us that the other diners were regulars--and that the owner seemed to take as part of his role to provide familiar kosher fare to many in the small remaining Scranton Jewish community. This is not meant to be snide or critical. In fact, I think that the restaurant largely succeeds in this role. We learned that they have customers who eat their twice a day. We observed that the atmosphere at Abe's was comfortable and homey; the service was good and appropriately attentive. While the food cannot be called gourmet, it was in fact what the regulars seem to expect and want. For my part, I have to confess that the meal brought back old memories and I enjoyed it--perhaps somewhat more than my wife enjoyed hers.
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