Michael Dellar and Mark Dommen
Michael Dellar grew up around great Jewish food. Not only did his mother, Harriett, make crowd-pleasing favorites, but, as a boy, Michael and his friends were regulars at Nate ‘n Al’s delicatessen in Beverly Hills. As a successful restaurateur, Michael leaned into his Jewish food roots five years ago when he asked his talented chef/partner Mark Dommen to make matzo ball soup for a Passover menu at One Market Restaurant. Mark, borrowing from one of his mother Maria’s recipes, exceeded all expectations by making the best matzo ball soup Michael had ever tasted. That was the beginning of what would become Mark ’n Mike’s, a New York-style deli where each simple dish is taken to its tastiest best, without pretension.