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Feb 27, 2008 10:41 AM

Where are all the Jewish Deli's in Philly?

Being from Florida, you cannot go 3 blocks without tripping over some little deli in a stripmall or tucked just off US1.. Aside from Famous 4th's, I have not really found much in Philly. While we have plenty of breakfast spots and diners, I'm looking more for something along the lines of Mrs. Marty's (in Broomall) up here in the city. I'm sure there are plenty in the suburbs, just seeing if I am missing something in south philly or in the NE. Any suggestions?

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  1. I like the Casino Deli 2425 Welsh Rd. right off Roosevelt Blvd. Good corned beef, excellent brisket dinner, cabbage borscht (no beets), pea soup. Fast, friendly service, good prices. See their menu here:

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    1. re: carl555

      Jack's Deli on Bustleton AVe, between Welsh and Grant--closer to Grant, had been a favorite of our when we lived in N. E. PHilly. Haven't been there in ages, but it was reliable for corned beef, all sorts of sandwiches. It would feel like a step back in time to me--not modern; been there forever.

      1. re: Bashful3

        Jack's is way south of Welsh or Grant - it's 8500 north on Bustleton. It's not like it used to be - what is? - but someone told me she had a good corned beef sandwich there recently. It's still a busy place.

        We have yet to find a good Jewish deli in town. Every so often, my husband makes the trek to the northeast to Famous, on Krewstown Road, to buy great lox and corned beef. They have a restaurant, but it's not very good.

        There are two delis close together on Montgomery Ave - Hymie's and Murray's. I used to meet a friend at Hymie's and have their very good cabbage borsht. They are not far in from City Ave.

    2. Kibitz in the City on Chestnut is ok and the pastrami at the deli at the Reading Terminal Market is probably the best in town.

      Of course, this could always be a good excuse for a trip to Katz's in NYC.

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      1. re: bluehensfan

        Your best bet for delis is going to be in the burbs.
        Within one block of each other are two giants:
        Hymies and Murray's in Bala-Cynwyd

      2. All the kids here at Penn rave about Izzy and Zoe's. I stick with my wawa hoagie so I can't vouch for it, but people love it.

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        1. re: padovana

          Izzy & Zoe's? Meh. It's good, but I think those in that area would agree that Koch's is the true deli spot (and only 3 blocks farther west). :)

          1. re: Ali

            I've heard Koch's is really good too.. slipped my mind. I've never been to either however.

            1. re: Ali

              I agree -- for good deli meat, Koch's definitely. Izzy and Zoe's might carry a little more of the random Jewish deli products like pickles and kugel.

            2. re: padovana

              When I was at Penn (70's), Koch's was the Holy Grail. The line was often out the door, and while Louis and Bobby were busy making over-stuffed sandwiches, their mom almost always passed out sliced meats and cheeses for all those in line to do a little noshing, sometimes so much that by the time it was my turn to order I was no longer hungry, and would take my sandwich home and stash it in the fridge for later. Well, maybe the second half.

            3. There;s an In the Bag in Maple Glen which makes great sandwiches, take out only. Ben and Irv's in Huntingdon Valley is your best bet for take out and dining in, well done. Also, Pumpernicks on Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville serves decent food, albeit, a little on the light side. For $14.00, you can get their monster sandwich, their deli is meh!

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              1. re: IamStarving

                The best part about Pumpernick's is the pickle bar. Decent half dill's, pickled cabbage, etc. And its free with any sandwich. Beats Ben and Irv's bowl which varies in size and composition depending on who brings it to you.

                Ben and Irv has decent but not great nova and whitefish salad. They do the standard brunch platters, with sturgeon etc. Their bagels are ok, but not NY quality. They do have good sourdough rye, and decent soups.

                1. re: cwdonald

                  agree about Pumpernick's pickles. Forgot all about that. Matzoh Ball soup is a passion of mine, there's is not bad. I used to love the Matzoh Ball soup at Country Club Diner in the NE but that is hit or miss. Being a corned special addict, I am still looking for the ultimate one that doesn't cost $14.00. The "normal" corned beef special at Pumpernick's is a little light for my tastes.

              2. I'm not a Jewish deli expert by any means, but Rachael's Nosheri in Philadelphia has some great sandwiches!