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Slyman's Restaurant

3106 Saint Clair Avenue Northeast, Cleveland, OH - (216) 621-3760
Posted By Linda Walsh on 7/26/2011 9:16:00 PM
I pulled up to Slyman's not realizing they close at 2:00 p.m., and was intrigued by the six to eight men literally running from their cars to the deli door. I didn't know what was going on, but now I know they were worried about not getting their sandwiches before the doors closed. I sqeaked in under the wire although I had to take my corned beef sandwich to go, because the dining room was closed and they were locking the door.

Back at my hotel I discovered it was the biggest, leanest corned beef sandwich I had ever seen. They actually included an extra piece of rye bread with the sandwich, knowing, I guess, that many people could not possibly get their mouths around this beauty. You can use the bread to make another fat half of sandwich and still have the thickest corned beef sandwich ever! Yum from a Chicago girl who also knows her corned beef.

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Slyman's menu has a long list of lingo for ordering your corned beef sandwich. This one is 'natural,' meaning plain. Other options are 'mummy' (mayonnaise and mustard), 'smurf' (Swiss cheese and mustard), 'wack' (on whole wheat instead of rye), and 'grill brick' (griddle-sizzled bread only, hold the corned beef).
"Slyman's menu has a long list of lingo for ordering your corned beef sandwich. This one is 'natural,' meaning plain. Other options are 'mummy' (mayonnaise and mustard), 'smurf' (Swiss cheese and mustard), 'wack' (on whole wheat instead of rye), and 'grill brick' (griddle-sizzled bread only, hold the corned beef)."
Michael Stern





Like the corned beef, brisket is sliced thin. But any resulting dryness is compensated for by cascades of gravy.
"Like the corned beef, brisket is sliced thin. But any resulting dryness is compensated for by cascades of gravy."
Michael Stern


The hearty chicken noodle soup was the perfect tonic on a blustery January day.
"The hearty chicken noodle soup was the perfect tonic on a blustery January day."
Cliff Strutz


The corned beef Reuben is the best!  More than enough for two people, it has both the famous corned beef and the added flavor of a Reuben.
"The corned beef Reuben is the best! More than enough for two people, it has both the famous corned beef and the added flavor of a Reuben. "
Jonathan Maxwell


The corned beef is carved fresh in front of you.
"The corned beef is carved fresh in front of you. "
Jonathan Maxwell


Glass brick windows are big in Cleveland. This picture makes the dining room at Slyman's appear to be a meditative place. It is not. It is loud and happy.
"Glass brick windows are big in Cleveland. This picture makes the dining room at Slyman's appear to be a meditative place. It is not. It is loud and happy."
Michael Stern


An endangered species: the old-fashioned urban deli.
"An endangered species: the old-fashioned urban deli."
Michael Stern


Slyman's is located in an historic old building.  It's a shame I forgot to ask what it once was.
"Slyman's is located in an historic old building. It's a shame I forgot to ask what it once was. "
Jonathan Maxwell



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