Matzo Ball Mayhem: Scott's Generations vs. Chompie's
In the other corner: Chompie's
The Setup: The Borenstein family has long ruled the Jewish deli scene in metro Phoenix, but two relative newcomers -- Goldman's and Abe's -- are gaining momentum. The Chompie's menu is huge. I eat at Chompie's often out of convenience, and have noticed a definite improvement in both food quality and service over the last 18 months. If you didn't love it in the past, it's worth going back.
The Good: Nearly softball-sized, this matzo ball was light, fluffy and uniform in its consistency. If it hadn't soaked up the broth, I would have expected it to defy gravity and float away into the sky. These folks have obviously got this "floater" thing down to a science.
The Bad: The broth would have been satisfying if I didn't just have Scott's as a basis for comparison. I suggest ordering it "broth only" and forgoing the noodles; the broth is where the good stuff resides anyway. Even though it was homemade, it didn't quite taste like it. Talk about portion size...the size of the matzo ball and the small bowl meant that there was space for only several spoons-full of broth. Scott's seemed downright generous by comparison.
The Price: $4.99 for a small bowl, $6.99 for a large bowl.
The Verdict: This is a close call, but I'm going with Scott's Generations. Chompie's has a better matzo ball, but the broth at Scott's is in another league altogether and that's what puts it over the top. A little greasy and a lot flavorful, the culinary alchemy that is matzo ball soup is well represented at Scott's. Their broth with Chompie's kneydl would constitute the matzo ball soup Promised Land. Stop by for some corn rye bread at Karsh's on your way out and get well soon!