True, the sign outside the restaurant that "never kloses" on Westheimer says that Katz's has been around since 1979, but the deli in Montrose is celebrating 10 years in Houston this weekend with a big bash on Sunday featuring Texans tailgating, a pickle-eating contest with a $1,000 cash prize and specials on the restaurant's favorite foods.
Barry Katz opened the Houston location of Katz's Deli in 2000, expanding on the Austin-based concept of his father, the often troubled Marc Katz. Father and son later had a falling out over the expansion, culminating in Marc suing Barry in 2001 and losing, eventually filing for bankruptcy in 2005. But throughout it all, the Bayou City Katz's Deli stayed focused and firm and is clearly pleased to be celebrating the decade mark here in Houston.
On Sunday, October 10, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., the deli will be hosting a variety of activities starting with Texans tailgating until noon. All day long, the restaurant will also be offering deals on 10 of its most popular menu items. This is your chance to hork down two plates of Katz's fried pickles (my personal choice for the best fried pickles in town) for only $10. You know you want to.
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Other $10 food specials include:
- 2 Cheesecake Shakes
- 2 Signature Fresh Salads
- 2 Reuben Sandwiches
- 2 Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches
- 2 Bagels with Lox
- 2 Yankee Pot Roast Sandwiches
- 2 Hotdogs with 2 Sides
- 2 Brownie Boats
And if you want to indulge your inner Kobayashi, the pickle-eating contest runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Pay a $10 entry fee (all of which goes straight to the Houston Police Department's Positive Interaction Program) and you'll be timed to see how quickly you can eat 10 Katz's pickle spears. The person with the fastest time at the end of the day wins a cash prize of $1,000.