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Jul 10, 2008 01:19 AM

where are the deli's?

Born and raised in Boston and moved to NY in 1964. When visiting children in Peabody have no idea where to find "good" corned beef, pastrami, etc. deli in the greater Boston area....Help!

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  1. There are a bunch of past threads on this, mostly focusing on the delis in the Brookline area (I like Michaels which has a lot of support here and excellent meats/bread, but do have a few issues with it mostly to do with cleanliness). There are also interesting suggestions for the Newton/Waban area which I have not gotten to that you could reach off of 128 with a bit of effort. However, from Peabody you have moderately easy access to one of the less discussed delis Arthur's in Chelsea (about 15 miles). Take Route 1 south from 128 towards Boston and take the Chelsea exit which says "last exit before toll" (North there are more Chelsea exits and they are different). At the bottom of the ramp, turn right and then turn right on 4th street (two way I believe). The online map looks a bit different than I thought the exit worked, but its at 4th and Arlington. Also near the commuter rail stop. I have a bit of inconsistency with the sandwich makers, but their corned beef is top notch. Haven't made it to the pastrami which I hear is good and other cuts are basic deli variety.

    1. I've tried almost every deli in the metropolitan area, and my vote is for Barry's Village Deli in Waban.

      Barry's Village Deli
      6 Windsor Rd, Waban, MA 02468

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      1. re: beeker77

        To prevent any disappointment, you should keep in mind that you cannot compare Boston area delis with NYC delis. There are some decent delis as discussed in past threads.

      2. I tried Arthur's in Chelsea after reading about it on a CH thread. It was as good as any of the NY delis. I can't believe that I've driven by it 100 times over the years and didn't look twice. No need to get any care packages from nY anymore. I live 1 mile from Coolidge Corner and could never believe there weren't any delis comparable to a real one until I read about and tried Arthur's. It's right off the highway down a side street across from a small mall. I can't remember the name of it....

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        1. re: catsmeow

          It's on Arlington Street in Chelsea, on the other side of the Tobin from downtown Chelsea, across from a Dunkin' Donuts.

          Arthur's and Michael's are the best deli's in Boston by far.

          1. re: lergnom

            Last Sat., I drove over to Arthur's and it was closed. Evidently they're closed on Sat. I'm not sure about Sun.

            1. re: catsmeow

              They are closed Sundays and close early on Saturdays (I think about 12:30), but I have been there on a Saturday fairly recently when doing shopping at Market Basket.

            2. re: lergnom

              I work on Arlington street. Arthur's is great (!), but if you are a germophobe or like things really clean then you just have to close your eyes real hard while you're in there. You'll know what I mean when you're in there.


              It is one of those places where you could save money shopping for your deli meats just by getting a sandwich there and then bagging the meat. The capicola & cheese sandwich must weight 2.5 pounds!

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            1. You should try Evan's New York Style Deli in Marblehead. I had a hot pastrami there that was fantastic. The owner is extremely friendly and they have knishes, smoked whitefish and all the standard deli fare.


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              1. re: Frank Enbean

                Will definitely give Evan's a try. It's very convenient when visiting the kids and grandkids. Thanks for the referral.