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G Wiv May 16, 2003 09:37 AM

I am almost embarrassed to admit that in 20+ years of living in Chicago I have never visited this Chicago institution. Romanian Kosher Sausage is a place that ReneG would love, and probably does, it's a bit like Ramova, Filbert's and Gino's Bar and Pizza on Granville all rolled into one, albeit with a Jewish twist. Romanian is a step back in time, men in hats, and not just yarmulkes or Cub's hats, but the type that natty 75-year-old men wear with their museum quality 30-year-old suits.

This must be my month for cute as hell 80-year-old's as the 90-lb tyrant, who could barely see over the display counter, was absolutely endearing and terrifying all at the same time. I could tell that she was growing impatient with my window shopping, subtlety giving me that hurry-up sideways look, but at the same time not wanting to alienate a 'big-boned' customer with an obvious interest in smoked meat products. Finally the business woman in her won out and she, brusquely, asked me if I liked sausage. When I emphatically responded in a positive fashion, she handed me a thick slice of salami to sample.

What I found most interesting was the way she looked me directly in the eye when I tasted the sausage. She was looking for my true response to the product and the eyes never lie. Unfortunately she did not get the 'eyes light up' response she was looking for, the sausage was ok, but not quite to my taste. The hot dogs, of which I bought 4 to take home, were also ok, but nothing earth moving. The hot dogs were cased in an odd brown stripe plastic cello wrap, which I'm sure aids extrusion from the hot dog manufacturing machine, but is not very appealing to a natural casing fanatic like myself.

What I did find surprisingly enjoyable was the corned beef and pastrami, quite possibly the best commercial product I have had in Chicago, but then again I am a bit like Da Mayor and dim sum and tend to like what I had last the best. (up to a point) The corned beef was slightly fatty, but quite flavorful, for me the perfect lean to fat ratio and the pastrami had a peppery flavor and compressed quality I found appealing.

I have found that not only does the same deli's corned beef and pastrami vary widely from day to day, but from slice to slice as they cut from flat to point. Given that, and the fact that everyone enjoys differing ratios of fat to lean, take my recommendation for Romanian Kosher's corned beef and pastrami with caution. YMMV.

Romanian Kosher also sells fresh meat, the bone in rib eye looked good and old style Jewish kishka, which I love roasted in a pan with chicken so the kishka absorbs the chicken drippings.

Enjoy,
Gary

Romanian Kosher Sausage Company
7200 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60626
773-761-4141

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    Sweet Willie May 19, 2003 08:30 PM

    G Wiv, we've got to stop this! :)

    I've been working near the RKS for awhile now, I really like the corned beef, perhaps my favorite in Chicago?!?!

    Also had some tremendous tasting veal chops that I grilled.

    I have not tried the sausages or dogs.

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      G Wiv May 29, 2003 07:32 AM

      SW,

      We do seem to have similar Chow sensibilities, we've most likely been in the same restaurant at the same time and not recognized each other.

      Possibly Chowhound should adopt a 'color of the day', similar to police agencies, how about today's color being brown, for Koop's Horseradish Mustard? My favorite with corned beef and pastrami. [smile]

      Enjoy,
      Gary

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      Harry V. May 21, 2003 02:47 AM

      Gary,

      Will they whip you up a sandwich with that corned beef, or is it strictly retail?

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        Sweet Willie May 26, 2003 07:46 PM

        They will make a sandwich for you.

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          David Dec 19, 2004 04:43 PM

          I might add very reasonable - Last time I ordered it was just at $5 - a great deal -

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          G Wiv May 29, 2003 07:39 AM

          Harry,

          I happy that SW answered your question, as my answer would have been, I don't know. I have only been once and did not inquire as to sandwiches.

          Hope all is going well, your charm, wit and intelligence is, already, missed on Chowhound.

          Enjoy,
          Gary

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          Ann Fabric-Engle Dec 19, 2004 01:25 AM

          Chicago's Romanian Sausage Company on Clark Street makes the best salami I've ever tasted. My mother's friend, Irv, always brings it back from Chicago.My kids devour it the minute the wrapper comes off. I would give my right arm to have this Deli in Scottsdale. Thank you to all the hard workers at Romanian Sausage Company for making such good tasting salami!!!!

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            Ann Fabric-Engle Dec 19, 2004 01:26 AM

            Chicago's Romanian Sausage Company on Clark Street makes the best salami I've ever tasted. My mother's friend, Irv, always brings it back from Chicago.My kids devour it the minute the wrapper comes off. I would give my right arm to have this Deli in Scottsdale. Thank you to all the hard workers at Romanian Sausage Company for making such good tasting salami!!!!

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              David Dec 19, 2004 04:46 PM

              I have to say everything at Romanian's is top notch -
              Pretty much all of therecold cuts and sausages are made in the store - all are excellent and should not be missed - there chopped liver also is to die for - closest to home made I have ever had-

              They also have some of the best fresh kosher meat in the city -

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                leemoop Sep 1, 2008 07:05 AM

                Hi. Try the ROMANIAN pastrami. In my opinion, that's their best product, though I like the pepper beef best. Their ground beef is excellent, too.

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                  weinstein5 Sep 1, 2008 08:11 AM

                  I have really enjjoyed everything at romanian's - corned beef, pastamil and salami - I also like their hot dogs - exspecially the garlic dogs -

                2. joelzenny Mar 21, 2009 10:56 AM

                  I love their garlic dogs. Unfortunately, I am in New York, and my family is in Chicago. Only get to visit them twice a year.

                  Does anyone know if they ship any of their products?

                  J

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                    weinstein5 Mar 23, 2009 09:10 AM

                    They do not - had to check for my parents who live in memphis - they are supervised by the Illinois Dept of Agriculture so they can not ship across state lines -

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                      joelzenny Mar 30, 2009 07:15 AM

                      Too bad.

                      Maybe I can get my family to ship some for me...

                      J

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