The relocated and expanded Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (OJMCHE) threw its grand opening party in the Pearl District last weekend, and tucked inside the 15,000-square-foot institution is Lefty’s Cafe, a little cafe run by cook, author, and backyard economist Harriet Fasenfest, serving traditional American-Jewish plates.
Fasenfest grew up in the Bronx within a Jewish secular community and is a second-generation Holocaust survivor, and she tells Eater she’s seeking to serve the classic egg salad sandwich on caraway rye, tuna salad on a poppy-seed kaiser roll, and Jewish pastries, like rugalach, mandelbrot, and honey cake. “Oh, and let’s not forget the New York chocolate egg cream soda and ‘two-cent’ pretzel,” she says. See the menu below.
Modeled after the “New York Jewish deli,” Lefty’s Cafe will offer onsite seating, with coffee by local Nossa Familia Roasters. “It makes for a nice lunch before or after visiting the museum, or just because you’re in the mood for a little ‘nosh,’” says Fasenfest. The tip serves as a reminder of the root of the word: Nosh comes from nashn, Yiddish for nibble.
Visit Lefty’s Cafe at 724 NW Davis Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Here’s a portion of what will be on offer, including the stories behind the many local bakers and other food artisans behind the cafe: