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Jun 15, 2010 01:29 PM

Jewish Deli in Evanston

Will someone recommend a Jewish Deli in Evanston, please?

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  1. There isn't one in Evanston itself. Bat 17 is as close as you'll find; although some of its sandwiches resemble those you'd find at a Jewish deli, it's really not one.

    However, if you go west on Dempster Street, you'll cross into Skokie, where you'll find Kaufman's, which is a classic Jewish deli in every sense of the term. Carry-out only.

    Also in Skokie is the Bagel, in Old Orchard Center, which offers eat-in dining.

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      Only interesting deli I know of in Evanston is Al's Deli...but it's more a French Deli.

      Bagel in Old Orchard or Kaufman's are better choices for Jewish style. Kaufman's rocks for it's bakery too.

      1. re: Culinaria

        Yes, the sandwiches at Al's are definitely French style, on baguettes. At least Bat 17 has corned beef.

        If you go to Al's, don't miss the homemade chocolate chip cookies!

      2. re: nsxtasy

        The Bagel is - in a word - "dreck." Max and Benny's. Stick with Kaufman's or venture North to Max & Benny's in Northbrook:

        1. re: ferret

          Or venture south to Steve's Deli in River North.

          1. re: nsxtasy

            I had lunch at Steve's Deli today. The joint was jumpin'. NeoCon is underway at the Merchandise Mart and the line waiting for a table was maybe 15 people long at 12:30 p.m. The wait was short, though. To this non-Jew, I think the place is an excellent "Jewish-style" deli. My choice today was baked salmon dijon with roasted vegetables. Excellent. Other than at the convention/Mart exhibition times of the year, the clientel will probably be 85% Jewish (it might have been 95% today!). It's not in Evanston, or Skokie ... but if you find yourself in the River North neighborhood it's a good option, one well served by public transport (the Brown Line and Purple Line elevated trains stop a short 3 blocks away.

            1. re: gomexico

              The clientele of Steve's is primarily made up of the myriad people who work in the office buildings and retail establishments in the neighborhood.

              I know that gomexico was suggesting that it must be a good Jewish deli if it is patronized by a lot of Jewish customers. I could be off because I've never been there looking to see who I thought was Jewish and who wasn't, but I would be surprised if as many as 85% of them were Jewish. Steve's is a Jewish-style deli, but for most people it's just a place to grab a good, quick sandwich for lunch.

              1. re: gomexico

                I really like Steve's a lot. Their deli sandwiches are excellent. They serve them on a really good (unseeded) rye bread; they've told me part of the reason it's so good is that they bake it slightly a second time before using it in the sandwiches, which I've done when I've gotten loaves to go and it works well. Other dishes I've really enjoyed there include their chicken pot pie (best I've had, even better than Fox & Obel's) and beef stuffed cabbage (make sure you order the beef version, not the turkey version). In addition to the public transit options, they also offer free validated parking in the CVS/Petco lot behind the store.

        2. "Jewish style" deli, or "Jewish deli" (as in "Kosher")? Nothing in Evanston I recall. Skokie has some opportunities ... including a Kosher Subway Sandwich shop (one of only about 12 in the nation). The CRC includes Ken's Diner and Sandwich Club in Skokie as "approved." Kaufman's is Jewish-style. If you don't get the answer you're looking for here and you're looking for Kosher, there's a Kosher forum on Chowhound and some Chicago folks participate there ... and you might want to cross-post the question.

          Sandwich Club
          4507 Oakton St, Skokie, IL 60076

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          1. re: gomexico

            If you're looking for kosher places (rather than Jewish delis which are not necessarily kosher), there's a pretty guide to sources for kosher foods around Chicago, including restaurants as well as groceries, at

            1. re: gomexico

              I would also through in Romanian Kosher Sausage - it is a kosher deli and has osme of the best corned beef, pastrami, salami and host dogs in the city - they are in rogers park jst south of evanston -

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

              1. re: weinstein5

                Does Romanian make sandwiches or does the business just package and cut meats to take home? Though neighbors of mine are part of the owning family of Romanian and work in the business I don't like to shop there, at the store, mostly because I interpret an off-putting, unfriendly demeanor of the staff ... lots of attitude. Steve's Deli is one of the local outlets where the merchandise can be purchased and I've had some of the sandwiches (made with meat) from there. Thanks.

                1. re: gomexico

                  They do make sandwiches - a great deal if you ask me - they are all under $5 - but that is all they have no drinks and the such -

                2. re: weinstein5

                  I wholeheartedly second Romanian Deli. I live in Evanston, and that's where we go whenever one of us utters the word 'deli'.

              2. Thanks for the advice. I plan on visiting Kaufman's and Al's during my visit. Any other recommendations for Evanston?

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                1. re: speyerer

                  You'll find lots of Evanston recommendations in this recent discussion:
                  <$50pp dinner/lunch suggestions - Staying in Evanston -

                  I did not mention the following two Evanston restaurants in my post in that topic because they are more than that poster's stated price limit; both are outstanding though and I strongly recommend them if you're looking for the best food in town:

                  Chef's Station (contemporary American) -
                  Oceanique (upscale seafood) - (see website for deals/coupons)

                  1. re: nsxtasy

                    Oceanique and Chef's Station are great suggestions. I would also add Campagnola and Bistro Bordeaux. Oh, and Lulu's Dim Sum and Then Some.

                    505 Main St, Evanston, IL 60202

                    815 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60202

                    Chef's Station
                    915 Davis Street, Evanston, IL 60201

                    Bistro Bordeaux
                    618 Church Street, Evanston, IL 60201

                    1. re: chicgail

                      Yes, all three are in my post in the other topic, the one for which I posted the link. With Campagnola and Bistro Bordeaux at the top, intentionally, as the best on that list.

                      I consider the food at Lulu's to be reasonably good, not outstanding. What I really really really like about Lulu's is their "munch a bunch" deal, Saturday-Sunday lunchtime and Monday-Tuesday evenings - all you can eat from almost the entire menu for a reasonable price ($17.95, last time I was there).

                2. We visited both Kaufman's and Al's. Kaufman's was exactly what we were looking for. Thanks

                  1. Right next to Evanston in Skokie you have Srulies Essen Delicatessen. Located in the WiFi building on McCormick Blvd. It carries delicous subs like Schnitzel (breaded chicken cutlets) pastrami, Corned Beef, as well as kugels, Cholent and Kishke(Thursday, and Friday). In addition it has nice wraps and salads. I'm comming from New York this place supercedes most delis over there.

                    Srulies Essen Delicatessen
                    8170 McCormick Blvd Ste 101, Skokie, IL 60076

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                    1. re: heimishNYer

                      Srulies is a good choice - but I think they get their cold cuts from Romanian Kosher Sausage - I know that is where they get their hot dogs.

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

                      Srulies Essen Delicatessen
                      8170 McCormick Blvd Ste 101, Skokie, IL 60076