10 great places for Jewish Deli food

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2006/03/25 12:30:06 (permalink)

10 great places for Jewish Deli food

Since "The Mayor" posted yesterday on the best hamburgers that was on AOL, I happened to pick up a USA Today and in their travel section on Friday, they always have the 10 ten best of something. It varies from week to week. Obviously this is extremely subjective and really just an opinion but it is always fun to read. I think this is similar to Al'sj comments as they try to geographical place them.

I always buy the Friday edition of USA Today just for their travel section.

This week, it featured 10 great places to nosh on authentic Jewish deli food. The only one I have tried is Shapiro's in Indianapolis. I certainly enjoyed that.

http://www.usatoday.com/travel/destinations/10great/2006-03-23-jewish-delis_x.htm

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    signman
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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/03/25 14:11:29 (permalink)
    Thanks for bringing this article to my attention. I will be interested in reading the book referenced in the article. And regional balance aside, it's a pretty good list, although I certainly would have included Katz's "That's All".

    The article claims that Attman's is the only deli left on Baltimore's Corned Beef Row. They may be the only one still owned by the same family that started it, but I find myself at Lenny's or Weiss more often than Attman's.
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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/03/25 15:16:25 (permalink)
    That USA Today list is fun but I can just see the editor telling the staff to "round up the usual suspects". Also I think Canter's and The Carnegie are somehow cheapened by their setting up food court locations in LV. We ate at both and it was ok but not a deli experience at all. I would like to go to Nate'n Al's some morning just to see Larry King.
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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/03/25 16:33:17 (permalink)
    Are you kiddin' me?!? Not a single Chicago location on the list??? Not even a nod to Manny's? No mention of Kaufman's in Skokie? No sign of The Bagel, also in Skokie? And what about Jake's in Milwaukee?

    Here's a message to the publisher of USA Today:

    Your editor is a lazy no-goodnik who doesn't have enough sachel (common sense, for all you Goyim) to do a little research beyond the internet. He should be planted in the ground like an onion, with his head in the dirt and his feet sticking up in the air. Putz.

    Buddy
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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/03/25 16:41:22 (permalink)
    Buddy: as I indicated, that article is completely subjective and probably is an opinion of just a few and I am sure they wanted Geographical representation.

    It is always a fun read and is present in every Friday's edition. They always give you the top ten of something.

    I agree with you regarding Jake's in Milwaukee. I love the place and CSD is taking his group by there on the tour. The menu ain't big but what he has is good. I wonder if they still serve the Russian soup?

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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/03/25 19:32:46 (permalink)
    Buddy,
    At the risk of knocking my hometown-----I'm sure most delis in Chicago are better than Canter's in L.A. Nate and Al's as well as Langer's (getting hungry for pastrami now....) do deserve a spot on the list. Now I need a list for the best knish.....
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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/03/25 19:50:34 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by signman

    Thanks for bringing this article to my attention. I will be interested in reading the book referenced in the article. And regional balance aside, it's a pretty good list, although I certainly would have included Katz's "That's All".

    The article claims that Attman's is the only deli left on Baltimore's Corned Beef Row. They may be the only one still owned by the same family that started it, but I find myself at Lenny's or Weiss more often than Attman's.


    In fact all three had a writeup in the Baltimore Sun. Here's the review from this past Wednesday's Baltimore Sun on the three;

    "Deli delights
    By Sam Sessa
    sun reporter
    Originally published March 22, 2006

    When it comes to pastrami sandwiches, we love tender meat heated on a grill and gooey Swiss cheese on soft rye bread. Garnishes like onions or sauerkraut are great, too. We hit all three delis on Corned Beef Row looking for the tastiest pastrami on rye.

    >>>Attman's Delicatessen
    1019 E. Lombard St., Baltimore // 410-563-2666
    Hours // 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays

    In and out in // 16 minutes
    Here, we asked for the best pastrami sandwich and got the President's Special, $8.39. It had piles of soft, grill-warmed meat, crisp sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese and Russian dressing on toasted rye. For a few more dollars than the other delis, you get bliss on two slices of bread.

    >>>Lenny's Delicatessen of Lombard Street
    1150 E. Lombard St., Baltimore // 410-327-1177
    Hours // 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays

    In and out in // 9 minutes
    The pastrami in this sandwich, $6.29, sat on the grill so long it almost singed our fingers through the bag. There was a lot of fat on the meat, which left the bread nice and greasy by the time we left the deli. Even so, the sandwich's combination of fresh Swiss cheese, onions and rye is hard to beat.

    >>>Weiss Deli
    1127 E. Lombard St., Baltimore // 410-276-7910
    Hours // 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays

    In and out in // 10 minutes
    This deli nuked the meat and cheese in a microwave, added chopped onions and slapped the combo on rye spread with sharp mustard. At $4.73, it was the cheapest of the three; lighter on the onions and beef than the others, but still tasty."

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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/03/25 19:55:52 (permalink)
    quote:

    Here's a message to the publisher of USA Today:

    Your editor is a lazy no-goodnik who doesn't have enough sachel (common sense, for all you Goyim) to do a little research beyond the internet. He should be planted in the ground like an onion, with his head in the dirt and his feet sticking up in the air. Putz.

    Buddy


    Buddy,
    Actually it was the author of a Book on America's Great Deli's, Sheryll Bellman, that steered the USA today writer to the 10 best not the editor (although he may still be a Putz!). So just don't buy HER book.
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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/03/26 09:59:40 (permalink)
    Rose's In Portland, Oregon does not deserve its spot on the list. Kornblatt's is better.
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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/03/26 13:49:16 (permalink)
    The Kibitz Room in picturesque Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Hands down.
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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/04/03 02:10:22 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by beentheredonethat

    The Kibitz Room in picturesque Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Hands down.


    the guy that originally owned the Kibbutz Room , Russ Cowan, specializes in buying up places, turning them into Jewish style delis , then "flipping" them.........(selling them to one of his managers, or another party)

    He did the same thing to the Kibbutz in Ocean City, NJ...
    It's still decent, but not AS good as when he owned it....
    some of the preparations, etc , get lost in the translation....
    (i.e. the homemade brisket does'nt taste as succelent)

    I do have to say that the new owners (in Ocean City) are very personable, however....they will certainly make you will welcome...
    and I know they just opened for the season the other day. (I live only 20 minutes away). It's just a couple of blocks from the boardwalk (9th and central)

    The pastrami is just Vienna brand........so while tasty, it is nothing special....
    I find their corned beef and brisket, (and extra thick rye bread) to be more unique...

    I had the matzoh ball soup while Russ owned the place, and unfortunately , it was like tasteless water......I was with my friend at the time, who's Korean, and she tasted hers first. She said right away "ellen, you are NOT going to like this!"....

    MY vote, hands down, for best Jewish (or Jewish style) deli is Harolds New York Deli, in Edison , NJ..........their pastrami is heavenly!!!!!!!! The owner used to manage the Carnegie in NYC in the 80's, back when it was even better than today..

    I just went to Harolds last Sunday, and they were packed! (and it's a big place).

    I agree 100% that having the Carnegie Deli at the Mirage in Vegas DOES cheapen the product. My good buddy ate at that one, and said it was "terrible"...

    So is the Stage Deli in the Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City.
    the pastrami tasted like they just took it out of the wax paper, and defrosted it..

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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/04/03 11:19:38 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by signman

    Thanks for bringing this article to my attention. I will be interested in reading the book referenced in the article. And regional balance aside, it's a pretty good list, although I certainly would have included Katz's "That's All".

    The article claims that Attman's is the only deli left on Baltimore's Corned Beef Row. They may be the only one still owned by the same family that started it, but I find myself at Lenny's or Weiss more often than Attman's.


    My mom and dad just got back from NY and said Katz's was as wonderful as ever. Better than Shapiro's, my dad told me - adding that he agrees Shapiro's is wonderful (I took him there for his first visit last month)
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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/04/03 11:22:24 (permalink)
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    Buddy,
    At the risk of knocking my hometown-----I'm sure most delis in Chicago are better than Canter's in L.A. Nate and Al's as well as Langer's (getting hungry for pastrami now....) do deserve a spot on the list. Now I need a list for the best knish.....
    Ed


    I wouldn't bet on that. Speaking as a native Chicagoan who's never lived anywhere else, I can tell you that the local deli scene isn't all that healthy. Manny's is quite good, but I rate it below Shapiro's in Indianapolis, let alone the NY places. I haven't tried Kaufman's in Skokie - but I do like Max and Benny's.
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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/04/03 11:26:20 (permalink)
    We stopped eating at the Stage after our last visit there in the mid-1980's. My dad complained to the waiter that the rye bread was stale, and the waiter got upset, telling us it was fresh. He came back with the plastic bag of store-bought rye bread to prove it. A real deli makes its own rye bread (Shapiro's being an example)
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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/04/03 14:08:21 (permalink)
    Danimal, I find the corned beef at Max and Benny's too dry for my taste. In Lake County, Burt's deli in Libertyville makes a respectable corned beef sandwich. In Milwaukee, Jake's deli has the absoultely best corned beef I've ever eaten. Benji's Deli is another Milwaukee corned beef favorite. Benji's serves a great hoppel poppel, chicken in the pot, and brisket. His rye bread is to die for. It's baked by Miller's Bakery in Milwaukee. Miller's rye tastes exactly like the old Jewish ryes from Chicago's west side during the 50's. Ask your dad about those fabulous ryes. Jake's uses the same bread. It's light years ahead of the current Rosen's. Miller's is a hard crusted, hearty rye. I've been to all the well known NYC delis numerous times over the past 5 years and Manny's, as well as Shariro's. None can hold a candle to Jake's when it comes to corned beef. Even the neighborhood looks like the old west side. Jake's will be our 6th stop on the Cheesehead in Beertown Tour this month. Jake's also serves Reubens and matzo ball soup. I prefer the matzo ball soup at Benji's.

    My favorite pastrami in LA is Johnny's Pastrami in Culver City.

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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/04/03 16:40:58 (permalink)
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    My dad complained to the waiter that the rye bread was stale, and the waiter got upset, telling us it was fresh. He came back with the plastic bag of store-bought rye bread to prove it. A real deli makes its own rye bread (Shapiro's being an example)


    I disagree. While I wouldn't expect the waiter to show up with a bag of Wonder bread, I believe that all of the good NY delis purchase their bread from one of the local bakeries. I know that Katz's does not use their own bread, and I am pretty sure that 2nd Avenue did not, either. My gut says that Shapiro's is more the exception than the rule.
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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/04/03 17:25:10 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by danimal15

    My dad complained to the waiter that the rye bread was stale, and the waiter got upset, telling us it was fresh. He came back with the plastic bag of store-bought rye bread to prove it. A real deli makes its own rye bread (Shapiro's being an example)


    I disagree. While I wouldn't expect the waiter to show up with a bag of Wonder bread, I believe that all of the good NY delis purchase their bread from one of the local bakeries. I know that Katz's does not use their own bread, and I am pretty sure that 2nd Avenue did not, either. My gut says that Shapiro's is more the exception than the rule.


    You're probably right. But at least don't let it be stale (which it most definitely was at The Stage.) That was 20 years ago. It's time I gave them another chance.
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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/04/03 17:26:14 (permalink)
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    Danimal, I find the corned beef at Max and Benny's too dry for my taste. In Lake County, Burt's deli in Libertyville makes a respectable corned beef sandwich. In Milwaukee, Jake's deli has the absoultely best corned beef I've ever eaten. Benji's Deli is another Milwaukee corned beef favorite. Benji's serves a great hoppel poppel, chicken in the pot, and brisket. His rye bread is to die for. It's baked by Miller's Bakery in Milwaukee. Miller's rye tastes exactly like the old Jewish ryes from Chicago's west side during the 50's. Ask your dad about those fabulous ryes. Jake's uses the same bread. It's light years ahead of the current Rosen's. Miller's is a hard crusted, hearty rye. I've been to all the well known NYC delis numerous times over the past 5 years and Manny's, as well as Shariro's. None can hold a candle to Jake's when it comes to corned beef. Even the neighborhood looks like the old west side. Jake's will be our 6th stop on the Cheesehead in Beertown Tour this month. Jake's also serves Reubens and matzo ball soup. I prefer the matzo ball soup at Benji's.

    My favorite pastrami in LA is Johnny's Pastrami in Culver City.

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    I've actually never had the corned beef at Max and Benny's, so you may well be right. I just like their other deli food - roast chicken, chicken soup with matzoh balls, etc.
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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/04/03 17:28:57 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by chicagostyledog

    Danimal, I find the corned beef at Max and Benny's too dry for my taste. In Lake County, Burt's deli in Libertyville makes a respectable corned beef sandwich. In Milwaukee, Jake's deli has the absoultely best corned beef I've ever eaten. Benji's Deli is another Milwaukee corned beef favorite. Benji's serves a great hoppel poppel, chicken in the pot, and brisket. His rye bread is to die for. It's baked by Miller's Bakery in Milwaukee. Miller's rye tastes exactly like the old Jewish ryes from Chicago's west side during the 50's. Ask your dad about those fabulous ryes. Jake's uses the same bread. It's light years ahead of the current Rosen's. Miller's is a hard crusted, hearty rye. I've been to all the well known NYC delis numerous times over the past 5 years and Manny's, as well as Shariro's. None can hold a candle to Jake's when it comes to corned beef. Even the neighborhood looks like the old west side. Jake's will be our 6th stop on the Cheesehead in Beertown Tour this month. Jake's also serves Reubens and matzo ball soup. I prefer the matzo ball soup at Benji's.

    My favorite pastrami in LA is Johnny's Pastrami in Culver City.

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    All right - I'm definitely going to have to try Jake's. Maybe some weekend soon. As for West Side Chicago rye, my dad would have no knowledge of that- he grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. But my mom grew up in Chicago, so perhaps she remembers.
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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/04/03 20:40:54 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by danimal15

    We stopped eating at the Stage after our last visit there in the mid-1980's. My dad complained to the waiter that the rye bread was stale, and the waiter got upset, telling us it was fresh. He came back with the plastic bag of store-bought rye bread to prove it. A real deli makes its own rye bread (Shapiro's being an example)


    I hate stale rye bread, as well, and the waiters stale attitude made the experience even worse for you and your dad ! (sorry to hear about it.......even 20 years after the fact, the memory is often as fresh as yesterday!)

    I did'nt care for the Stage deli in Atlantic City, (bad bread too, etc), and no match for the original stage in NYC...

    there is justice , though ,as the Stage Deli in Los Angeles (in the Century City mall, by Beverly Hills) went out of business about 3 or so years ago.... these clones often don't make it!!
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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/04/04 03:18:01 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by danimal15

    You're probably right. But at least don't let it be stale (which it most definitely was at The Stage.) That was 20 years ago. It's time I gave them another chance.


    No, the bread should not be stale, and any deli worth their weight will go through bread quickly enough that it should not go stale -- unless they just got a bad batch from the bakery.

    That said, I would still avoid the Stage. It is not my favorite of the New York delis, and seems to be the most "touristy." We Floridians can spot them touristy places a mile away!
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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/04/04 10:20:03 (permalink)
    I have to agree that the USA Today list is prtretty lame. Leo's Deli on Elizabeth St in Charlotte is better than a few of the ones on the list and it has has gone down hill over the last few years. My father was born in NYC and had to have a deli sandwich at least once per week.

    Each Saturday we would go to the movies and then visit Leo's for a sandwich. Still good but not great.
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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/04/04 20:41:20 (permalink)
    Attman's definitely deserves to be on that list in my humble opinion. Lived for three years in Manhattan, and it stood up well to what I found in Manhattan and Queens.
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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/04/16 01:35:02 (permalink)
    I nominate Hymie's, just off City line Ave, in the Philadelphia suburs. Well worth the trek from Delaware, where I have been deli-starved for 10 years, since moving here.
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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/04/16 17:20:54 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Phildelmar

    I nominate Hymie's, just off City line Ave, in the Philadelphia suburs. Well worth the trek from Delaware, where I have been deli-starved for 10 years, since moving here.


    Hi, do you know what brand pastrami they use?
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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/04/17 19:28:39 (permalink)
    Ellen4641,
    Don't know the brand but will try to ascertain on my next trip, which you have just inspired.
    With crab season beginning in Delmarva, pastrami had not been much in my thoughts.
    Until now
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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/04/17 23:16:19 (permalink)
    my pick would be mannys on jefferson in downtown chicago, then kaufmans on dempster in my hometown skokie, but any vienna dealer that knows how to cook em and cut them across
    the grain thin should come up with a melting sandwich
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    RE: 10 great places for Jewish Deli food 2006/04/20 21:11:56 (permalink)
    By the way, while we're on the subject, does anyone know any good Jewish deli places in the Delaware/Upper Bay region of Maryland?
    Have not found one, and Philadelphia is a long haul.
    And, in Philadelphia, the good ones are receding into the suburbs.
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