Pumperniks MiamiPumperniks was a Saturday afternoon staple for my family when I was growing up in Miami. It’s the first place I ever ate Matzo ball soup and a brisket sandwich. The experience of eating this food for the first time was enough to make me consider converting to Judaism.
Pumperniks, Wolfies and Rascal House were all created by Wolfie Cohen. Now all the great Jewish delis in Miami are gone and mostly forgotten. Wolfies, and Corky’s, are distant memories, and when Rascal House closed in 2006, it was a death rattle for the Miami I knew when I was young. That’s not to say that I define Miami based strictly on it’s New York style delis, but it was certainly an important piece of the picture.

Interesting fact… in the 1950s, Larry King (yes, that Larry King) ran a radio show out of a booth in Pumperniks.

Pumperniks Miami
On the back cover is a nursery rhyme of sorts which examines the Pumpernik family history. It’s rather macabre.

The Pumpernik Story
Told by Mr. Pumpernik
Illustrated by Mr. Pumpernik
From the motion picture, “Pumpernik”

Four little Pumperniks
Brewing up some tea,
One leaned over the kettle,
And then there were three

Three little Pumperniks
Fixing up a stew,
One upset the boiling pot,
Now there are two

Two little Pumperniks
Trying to bake a bun,
One looked in the oven,
And now there is one

One Mr. Pumpernik
What a man is he,
All his brothers disappeared,
ANYTHING for a recipe!

2 replies
  1. Troglodyta
    Troglodyta says:

    I’ve just watch second episode od Miami Vice series, and seen Pumperniks name. I wander what is that cofe, becouse in europe we have bread colled Pumpernikiel en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pumpernickel cheers, have a nice day 🙂

  2. Thomas
    Thomas says:

    I remember going to Pumpernicks in 1973. I always wished I had tried there malts or shakes. I bet they were terrific. Sure do miss the old delis. Now its all fast food.


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