"We may be hard to find the first time, but we're also hard to forget." Joel Goetz, Owner
Jo-El's is not the kind of place you just run into. You have to come looking for us. We are St. Pete's best kept secret! A little hard to find the first time, but certainly worth the trouble.
Started in a 4 car garage in Gulfport more than 31 years ago, Jo-El's Kosher Deli, Market and Cafe is a family owned and operated business with a comfortable, warm, friendly, casual atmosphere.
You'll find very personal customer service and a fabulous staff here to make you happy! It's the place to meet new friends or run into old frends and catch up. Everyone from New York comes here - and coincidentally, the owners are from Brooklyn and the Bronx, so Northerners will feel right at home!
While you're here you'll meet Joel and Ellen, the Patriarch and Matriarch for whom Jo-El's is named. Daughter Sharon manages the store and handles all the catering and special orders. Gregory, Kim, Rubyn, Terry and others have worked here for years and years. It all adds up to a unique and special place for breakfast, lunch, or to pick up something for dinner.
We offer only the best hand sliced nova and lox, real Kosher corned beef and pastrami, homemade pickled tongue, 1/2 sour and sour green pickles and so much more. Bakery goods are brought in from New York: Green's, Delancey, Beigels and Shick's bakeries. Some excellent baking is also done on the premises.
We cater for all life-cycle events and we cook for you on all major holidays (YES, we deliver!);The store changes over to be kosher for Passover as well. We love special orders and are here to meet your needs.
We carry a wide variety of:
Gefilte Fish - fresh, frozen, jarred or canned
Cholev Yisroel and other Kosher Cheeses
Many products From Israel - Bamba, Bissli and Bourekas to name a few!
Extensive wine selection from all over the world
Of course we carry Corned Beef, Pastrami and Tongue
We're family friendly, service dog friendly and wheelchair and handicapped friendly. So make a date and come in for a visit - we look forward to meeting you and starting a lifetime relationship!