Nomad STL - A Unique Smoked Pastrami Experience

4.4 stars Review Philosophy

Nomad Takeaway. A unique smoked pastrami experience. In-house smoked pastrami is amazing. 8.3/10 sandwich could easily push past 8.5 if you like the smokiness. $14 for a sandwich is $17.57 after tax and tip. Amazing atmosphere. It's an adventure from the minute you walk in to when you take your seat. You follow Alice down the rabbit hole from room to room until you hit the patio Wonderland. I loved it. Plenty of street parking. Dogtown seems like the place to be. One of the best sandwiches in St. Louis. Their listed weight didn't match my scale...


Table Of Contents: Experience | Food | Atmosphere | Receipt


Nomad bite

Details

  • 1227 Tamm Ave, St. Louis, MO 63139
  • (314) 696-2360
  • Website
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  • Yelp - 4.7 stars - 110 ratings
  • TripAdvisor - 4.5 stars - 3 ratings
  • Google Maps - 4.7 stars - 226 ratings

Hours

DayHours
Monday11 AM–7 PM
TuesdayClosed
Wednesday11 AM–8 PM
Thursday11 AM–8 PM
Friday11 AM–8 PM
Saturday11 AM–8 PM
Sunday11 AM–8 PM

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Nomad Experience Summary

Today, I went to Nomad in Dogtown on a rec from my good buddy who recommended Protzel's last week, so he was trying to redeem himself here.

Consider him deemed.

Nomad pastrami

He warned me that it had an extra smokey flavor, and man did it ever. I've never had a pastrami sandwich like that before. It crossed the line between pastrami and brisket to the point where your taste buds were exploding with delicious confusion.

I gave it a very, very solid 8.3. My other buddy who went with me gave it an 8.3 (the dry Reuben buddy from my Carl's review). I could easily see someone giving it an 8.5+ or even a 9+ if they were really digging the smokey vibe, but I'm more of a pastrami purist. And the bread, sauce, and cheese were middling IMO.

Don't get me wrong, it was a very good sandwich and unique enough that everyone who pastramis should go taste it. It's a top-five St. Louis sandwich.

Nomad front area

Also, the vibes at Nomad are electric. After you order, try to make your way to the patio. It's an awesome adventure with twists and turns around every corner. When you finally get there, you're greeted with a huge, open seating section with warm light and the smell of beer and pastrami.

It's awesome.

Nomad signage

The two pieces that limit my overall rating are the price and weight. Namely, $17.51 after tax and tip puts this in super expensive sandwich territory. The whole thing only weighs 13.6 ounces, so that's a super low $/oz ratio.

But then the drama starts. For the second week in a row, the listed weight didn't match my actual weight for the meat on the sandwich. The menu says 9oz, I got 7.6 oz. That's a 15% difference.

I'm thinking there might be a pastrami conspiracy in St. Louis…

Nomad menu

The Food At Nomad

The two standouts on Yelp and Google to try here are the in-house smoked pastrami and the Dumpster Fire, a double pork patty sandwich with pimento cheese and bacon.

I came for the pastrami, but that Dumpster Fire sounds like a beautiful hot mess with a place in my future, even if I dislike pimento cheese.

Nomad pastrami v tennis ball

The pastrami was truly unique. In all my pastrami-ing across the country, never have I ever experienced anything like this. It pushes the boundaries between pastrami and smoked brisket but stays firmly in the pastrami family.

I gave it an 8.3/10 on my sandwich scale, which puts it between LeGrand's Legend Club and Vivola Express in terms of taste. If you really enjoy the unique pastrami smokiness, I could see this being someone's favorite sandwich in St. Louis.

Nomad pastrami bite

The pastrami had good fat content, but maybe a little bit drier than Carl's because it was smoked. Don't get me wrong, it's not "dry", it's just less melty in your mouth and more a kick in your mouth.

For some drama, the menu says there is 9 oz of meat. I measured 3.8 oz of meat in half of mine; times two is 7.6 oz of meat in total. That means they were short 1.4oz of meat, or 15%. My scale is accurate, so I'm starting to uncover a city-wide pastrami conspiracy.

Nomad meat weight

The whole sandwich clocked in at 13.6 oz so that 9 oz in the menu wasn't modifying the entire sandwich.

In terms of the eating experience, bring napkins. I attempted to eat half of it without a napkin as a challenge to myself and ended up using my face as a napkin and enjoyed trying to lick off all the extra sauce from my face as part of the experience. If you understandably don't want to use your face and tongue to wipe off all the sauce and the fat, bring a couple of napkins.

Nomad weight

The rye bread that it came on was nothing interesting. It was light and fluffy, but it didn't really have any flavor.

The Swiss and special sauce made it more of a pastrami Reuben in spirit, but both were overpowered by the meat's flavor. The spice added a lib burning 1.5 spice out of 6. But in true pastrami fashion, the meat was so flavorful that everything else didn't matter.

If they wanted to try and make it better, I would give them the same rec I give every other deli - get your bread from Union Loafers.

Nomad width

It came with a side of gherkin-y, sliced sandwich pickles. They were okay. A little bit over the top in the seasoning and the flavor for me. Not the worst.

I will say I was still hungry after eating it. It always surprises me how few calories there are in a pure pastrami sandwich on rye. Seven and a half ounces of meat is technically 3.5 servings of pastrami, but it's only like 350 calories. Add in two pieces of bread and a slice of cheese, and you only looking at like 500-550 calories.

Nomad height

So it's not super filling. It could have been served with a side of fries, which would have made the $14 price tag more palatable. I ate a side of chips when I got home after lunch.

All in all, a really, really good sandwich.

Nomad Atmosphere And Miscellaneous

Nomad itself was an awesome, awesome space.

Nomad front door

You walk in and order in front of big screens in the first room. After ordering, they give you a number for your table (And it took 7 minutes to get the food based on my time stamps in case you're in a rush).

After you order, the game is to get back to the patio. But to get there, you have to go through a labyrinth of ever-expanding rooms. Here we go…

Nomad ordering

After leaving the initial ordering room, you go to a seating area with maybe six or seven tables, which you pass through to get to the first half of the bar before waking through a doorframe into the second half of the bar, at which point you have to start looking on the right for a little alley hallway which takes you past a set of bathrooms to a rickety door which will open up into the indoor part of the indoor/outdoor patio.

Nomad seating area 1 Nomad bar part 1 Nomad bar part 2 Nomad patio Nomad outdoor patio

The patio's fantastic. There are maybe a dozen tables out there on a heated indoor patio portion before yet another door opens up to the outdoor patio. The indoor patio has another bar, that's two bars in Nomad for those following along at home, that serves $4 beers. The patio had ample seating and a great beer garden feel.

Strong St. Louis vibes.

Nomad patio

The whole part of Dogtown I drove and walked through had this same great vibe. It gets you really excited to eat a sandwich.

Nomad mural

Parking At Nomad

I parked on the street about a two-minute walk away for fun. I wanted to get a little bit of a walk-in. I probably could have gotten closer, but, you know, gotta get my steps for the day.

Nomad parking

Nomad Receipt

Nomad receipt

Sandwich Size Comparisons

PlaceSandwich ScorePriceTypeOverall WeightMeat WeightLength
Blues City Deli 9.7 $10.50 Roast Beef 13.7 5.2 8.0
Carl's Deli 9.3 $11.95 Pastrami 14.3 9.6 6.0
Legrand's Market & Catering 8.8 $10.49 Special 11.4 7.6 8.0
Parker's Table 8.7 $13.00 Special 9.0 4.8 5.0
Nomad 8.3 $14.00 Pastrami 13.6 7.6 6.0
Gioia's Deli 7.8 $12.00 Italian 24.0 8.0 10.0
Eovaldi's Deli 7.2 $11.95 Italian 27.8 13.8 9.0
Mom's Deli 7.1 $9.50 Special 16.9 9.8 9.0
Lion's Choice 7.0 $7.89 Roast Beef 7.7 5.4 4.0
Adriana's on the Hill 6.9 $13.50 Roast Beef 17.0 6.8 12.0
Snarf's Sandwiches 6.4 $13.50 Italian 24.4 5.6 12.0
Pickles Deli 4.1 $10.99 Special 8.3 3.6 6.0
Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium 2.1 $12.95 Roast Beef 15.0 6.8 6.0
Protzel's Deli 1.9 $13.00 Pastrami 12.8 6.8 6.0

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