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Jake's

1634 W. North Ave., Milwaukee, WI - (414) 562-1272
Through the lunch hour, Jake's continuously hand-slices corned beef for the surfeit of customers who crowd into the old Jewish deli for sandwiches to eat here or to go. There is no corned beef anywhere so tender and so rapturously luscious. Slices come medium-thick and are piled into slick-crusted, Milwaukee-made seeded rye.
94% Approval Rating (18 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Reuben
Corned Beef Sandwich
Pastrami
Matzoh Ball Soup

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (9)
Roadfood.com Editor
"At 9:50am, ten minutes before opening the door to Jake's delicatessen, Michael Kassof straps a brace onto his left forearm. His ailment is similar to tennis elbow, but in this case it is corned beef elbow. Through the lunch hour, Michael and a couple of other guys ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

1634 W. North Ave., Milwaukee, WI
(414) 562-1272

http://www.jakesmilwaukee.com/

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
Jake's sandwich is not overstuffed. It contains what we consider to be the ideal ratio of meat to (superb) rye bread. You can pick up half without too much spillage and either squirt mustard onto the whole thing, or apply it bite by bite. By the way, those pickle spears, made here, have real snap. On the side, Dr. Brown's sodas are available, of course.
"Jake's sandwich is not overstuffed. It contains what we consider to be the ideal ratio of meat to (superb) rye bread. You can pick up half without too much spillage and either squirt mustard onto the whole thing, or apply it bite by bite. By the way, those pickle spears, made here, have real snap. On the side, Dr. Brown's sodas are available, of course."
Michael Stern





Pastrami, which is smoked and peppered, is sultry. Terrific as it is, we love the mellower character of Jake's corned beef even more.
"Pastrami, which is smoked and peppered, is sultry. Terrific as it is, we love the mellower character of Jake's corned beef even more."
Michael Stern


We had no intention of eating anything but sandwiches when we came to Jake's, but Jane was coming down with a cold. This lovely matzoh ball soup was just what the doctor ordered.
"We had no intention of eating anything but sandwiches when we came to Jake's, but Jane was coming down with a cold. This lovely matzoh ball soup was just what the doctor ordered."
Michael Stern


Jake's also uses their excellent corned beef to make first-rate reubens.
"Jake's also uses their excellent corned beef to make first-rate reubens."
Cliff Strutz


'I can slice it for you however you want,' Michael Kassof says. 'A little fatty, all fat, all lean.' He also advised us that there is no mayonnaise on premises. The only condiment allowed is mustard.
"'I can slice it for you however you want,' Michael Kassof says. 'A little fatty, all fat, all lean.' He also advised us that there is no mayonnaise on premises. The only condiment allowed is mustard."
Michael Stern


The soda fountain is no longer in use; but once the lunch crowd starts to flood into Jake's, each of these stools will be occupied by a sandwich-eater.
"The soda fountain is no longer in use; but once the lunch crowd starts to flood into Jake's, each of these stools will be occupied by a sandwich-eater."
Michael Stern


We cannot tell you that the wooden booths at Jake's are comfortable, but there is something very reassuring about their sturdy longevity.
"We cannot tell you that the wooden booths at Jake's are comfortable, but there is something very reassuring about their sturdy longevity."
Michael Stern


We assume that at some time in Jake's past, the buzzer in each booth was used to summon a waiter. They have now gone kaput or have been disconnected.
"We assume that at some time in Jake's past, the buzzer in each booth was used to summon a waiter. They have now gone kaput or have been disconnected."
Michael Stern


For years, we were ignorant of Milwaukee's status as a great corned beef city. It was only after loving the corned beef at McBob's, while on a fish-fry expedition, that we realized corned beef was a subject that needed investigation.
"For years, we were ignorant of Milwaukee's status as a great corned beef city. It was only after loving the corned beef at McBob's, while on a fish-fry expedition, that we realized corned beef was a subject that needed investigation."
Michael Stern


Jakes used to be a three-meal-a-day deli, and its products included smoked fish and full hot meals. Today it is a lunch-only spot where smoked and cured meats are the main attraction.
"Jakes used to be a three-meal-a-day deli, and its products included smoked fish and full hot meals. Today it is a lunch-only spot where smoked and cured meats are the main attraction."
Michael Stern



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