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authentic jewish deli style sandwiches?

rileejones Nov 6, 2007 10:48 AM

I'm looking for a place where I can get good, authentic jewish deli style sandwiches...something sort of like a Zingerman's in Ann Arbor, MI, if anyone is familiar with them. Ideally, I would like to find a place that caters, so that I can bring platters of sandwiches to the remainder of the season's football games instead of bringing (ugh) Subway or Jimmy John's. Thanks.

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  1. nsxtasy RE: rileejones Nov 6, 2007 11:07 AM

    You'll find plenty of recommendations in this topic (and virtually all can prepare sandwich platters):

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      weinstein5 RE: nsxtasy Nov 6, 2007 12:30 PM

      This is a good link - I think Manny's is where you want to go - huge sandwiches -

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        nsxtasy RE: weinstein5 Nov 6, 2007 03:55 PM

        It really should depend partly on location. Manny's and 11 City Diner are in the South Loop, Kaufman's is about 20 miles north in Skokie, and Max's is another 20 miles further north in Highland Park. Not even mentioned in the link is H. P. Schmaltz ( www.schmaltzdeli.com ), with locations 20-30 miles west of the Loop in Downers Grove and Naperville. All of them are pretty good (I haven't been to Max's, FWIW, but I'll assume so) so you can pick whichever of these is closest to you, no need to travel across town if one of these is in your vicinity.

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      rubinow RE: rileejones Nov 6, 2007 12:12 PM

      I WISH we had something close to a Zingerman's.

      Jerry's Sandwiches is NOT strictly Jewish style, but they DO offer some very creative (and tasty) sandwiches. They have a HUGE selection, so you can probably get what you want.

      Jerry's Sandwiches
      1045 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60607

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        jbontario RE: rileejones Nov 6, 2007 12:34 PM

        OK, I am about to blow the cover of my one of my favorites.

        I am a Brooklyn rooted, Detroit raised Jewish kid and one of my top three favorite delis is moving to Chicago. Number one is the recently shuttered Second Ave Deli in NYC, Number two Stage & Co in W Bloomfield, MI and Number three will be Steve's Deli which will open on Hubbard and Kingsbury in January.


        In the meantime 11 City Diner is not bad and Ashkenaz does try to emulate the NYC deli. I think the biggest problem we have here in Chicago is that our rye bread is BAD.

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          rubinow RE: jbontario Nov 6, 2007 01:09 PM

          I'm looking forward to Steve's Deli. I hope that's a good location for them.

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            nsxtasy RE: jbontario Nov 6, 2007 04:20 PM

            That's awesome news! The Bloomfield Hills area of the Detroit suburbs has some of the best Jewish delis in the country, including not only Steve's, but also Star Deli and Deli Unique (as noted in the topic at www.chowhound.com/topics/390427 ) - and I've tried the rye bread at Deli Unique, it's the best I've ever had. I'm looking forward to it - this really is a coup for Chicago!

            Thanks for posting!

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              nsxtasy RE: jbontario Feb 7, 2008 06:38 PM

              It appears from their website that the new location of Steve's Deli in River North is now open. Anyone been there yet?

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              jbw RE: rileejones Nov 6, 2007 01:53 PM

              "I can bring platters of sandwiches to the remainder of the season's football games instead of bringing (ugh) Subway or Jimmy John's"

              Have you thought about Italian deli? We could probably give you a ton of excellent recs if you want to change the ethnicity of your platter.

              1. abf005 RE: rileejones Nov 6, 2007 04:27 PM

                Would Perry's deli downtown fit the bill of what your looking for? http://www.perrysdeli.com/

                The other suggestions that NS had are all very solid, but obviously nothing in town is better than Manny's or Kaufmann's.

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                  amoncada RE: rileejones Feb 7, 2008 07:14 PM

                  A friend of mine picked up several really tasty deli trays from Kaufmans a few months ago. It was traditional Jewish Deli style. Everything was very good.

                  Manny's serves some of the best corn beef, pastrami, and roast beef anywhere...I'm not sure if they cater.

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                    weinstein5 RE: amoncada Feb 7, 2008 07:41 PM

                    I would also recommend Romanian Kosher Suasage - IMHO the best pastrami and corned beef in Chicago - Chicago Magazine this past summer also agreed -

                    also while there try their hot dogs and salami - amazing

                    Romanian Kosher Sausage Co
                    7200 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626

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                    AKtraveling RE: rileejones Feb 12, 2008 07:00 PM

                    Manny's is for dining in! Grabbing a sandwich, Matzo Ball soup, jello and a whole lot of atmosphere! Catering doesn't make sense, but they many do it.

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                      dukcass RE: rileejones Feb 16, 2008 05:59 AM


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