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Jake's

1634 W. North Ave., Milwaukee, WI - (414) 562-1272
Posted By Michael Stern on May 12, 2015 6:59 AM
Jake's corned beef is rapturously luscious (unless you ask for extra lean). One reason it's special is that each hunk of brisket is sprinkled with paprika just before getting sliced, but the depth of flavor mainly comes from the fact that a dozen or more briskets are boiled together, their pot becoming a slurry of spice and beef flavor that re-insinuates itself into the fibers of the meat. Slices come medium-thick and they are piled into slick-crusted, Milwaukee-made Miller bakery seeded rye: not an outrageously huge sandwich like you might get in Chicago or New York, but in no way skimpy, either. We see the meat-to-bread ratio as perfect.

There are other items on Jake's menu: pastrami, turkey pastrami, hard salami, hot dogs, soups-like-mama-should-have-made, even grilled chicken and a tuna melt, as well as a superb Reuben with sauerkraut and cheese.

Jake's has been around since 1935, when the neighborhood was mostly Jewish. Original proprietor Reuben Cohen sold it to Jake, who sold it to Irv Kassoff, whose son Michael ran it until 2009, when Gary Plassmeyer took over. The place is a virtual museum set: the mid-20th century urban deli with walls a faded pale yellow, tables topped with worn linoleum, ancient wooden booths outfitted with out-of-order buzzers once used to summon service.

Note: Jake's has locations in the food courts of the Southridge Mall and the Grand Avenue Mall.
4 star rating
Overall Rating
Corned Beef Sandwich
Pastrami
Matzoh Ball Soup
Reuben

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Posted By Pam Mason on July 25, 2011 8:47 PM
Jake's is an eat place not to be missed. We loved everything about it: the original booths and linoleum, our sweet waitress who comped us extra pickles, and the patrons, including expensive business-suit types and neighbourhood teens.

My sandwich was filled with the richest meat I've ever had (corned beef), warm and succulent, but fattier than I'm used to. I enjoyed my husband's sandwich more, to be honest, a leaner but equally delicious pastrami-based Rueben.

No matter what you eat though, you'll get a true Milwaukee experience, from food to neighbourhood.
4 star rating
Overall Rating
Pastrami
Reuben
Corned Beef Sandwich

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