New York – Emulating Red Barclay at Carnegie Deli
There is an episode of the Simpsons where Homer challenges trucker Red Barclay to a meat eating contest.
Champion eater Barclay devours a 16-pound steak before his opponent, but promptly dies of “beef poisoning”.
It is a fate I half expected to emulate when faced with a triple-decker sandwich of fearsome proportions.
Food of epic proportions is so often the American way, but they take it to another level at New York’s Carnegie Deli.
The Midtown Manhattan eatery is famed throughout the world for its magnificent sandwiches and celebrity clientele.
Opened in 1937, close to Carnegie Hall, the deli became a haunt for celebrities including Woody Allen.
These days the walls of the diner are covered in photographs of the rich and famous during their visits to this pastrami palace. The celebrated sandwiches have at least one pound of meat in them and the restaurants motto is “If you can finish your meal, we’ve done something wrong”.
And so I found myself confronted by the “Carnegie Haul”; pastrami, tongue and salami piled up into three layers of meaty goodness. Two sandwiches worth.
It was a mighty meal. And, indeed, despite the moral support of Bill Clinton looking over my shoulder, Carnegie Deli was good to its promise.
Luckily “doggie bags” are a must with every meal and the sandwich, my full stomach and I left to fight another day.
If only Red Barclay had done the same.