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Kosher lunch in Chicago/butchers in Cleveland

I will be driving through Chicago in a couple of months and plan to stop for lunch and a look around. I live in the Pacific NW, where kosher restaurants are few and far between. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good lunch/deli? A couple of days later we'll be flying home from Cleveland, so if there's a good butcher/deli there, I'd love to know so I can bring stuff home.


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  1. Ken's Diner is a fun place. I'm not from Chicago, so I've only been there a couple of times when I was visiting, but I liked it.

    1. If you're downtown, I'd recommend MetroKlub. If you're looking for something fancy, Shallots is decent but expensive. Otherwise try one of the Israeli places like Taboun in Skokie, Manghal in Chicago, or Mizrahi grill in the far northern suburbs.

      1. The best butcher is Romanian. Great meats and salamis.

        1. All of these suggestions are excellent - If you are coming on I-94 Taboun Grill would be the most convenient - it is just east of I-94 on Dempster - Romainians is about 2-3 miles from Taboun - and it is the best butche rin Chicago - all of the deli meats and hot Dogs are excellent !

          Ta'boun Grill www.taboungrill.com
          8808 N. Gross Point Rd, Skokie, IL 847-965-1818

          Romanian Kosher (OU)
          7200 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60626

          and the other places suggested:

          Ken’s Diner http://www.kensdiner.com
          3353 Dempster, Skokie, IL 60076 847-679-4030

          Manghal www.manghalgrill.com
          1805 Howard Street, Evanston, IL 847-859-2681

          Shallots Bistro www.shallotsbistro.com
          7016 Carpenter Road, Skokie, IL 60077 847-677-DINE

          Metro Klub - Lunch hours only
          733 W. Madison, Chicago, IL 60661 312-602-2104

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          1. re: weinstein5

            Thanks so much for the suggestions, and especially for putting together the links.

          2. Tibor's in Cleveland is great.

            1. Yes!! Kosher in Northbrook is a restaurant called Mizrachi, Israeli and other. Excellent.
              Also in downtown Highland park is a butcher/restaurant called Shaevitz phone:1847 4328334.
              The best hamburgers and fries! Oh My!! They are small in the restaurant/cafe but soooooooo
              good. The butcher shop is great and we get deli for the road home and cooked ribs for
              Cleveland. We eat lunch there everyother month or so.

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                  1. re: tammymarty

                    Nope - just enjoy good kosher eating in Chicago -

              1. Uh, plenty of kosher meat and groceries to be found in Cleveland. Tibor's and Boris' are both outstanding for meat. There are several very good kosher bakeries, a kosher market called Unger's and probably the best kosher Chocolatier you will find, called Chocolate Emporium. Obviously Chicago will have some great choices, but if you don't want to shlep the food from Chicago, you will easily find what you want in Cleveland.

                1. The crc website has a list of all of the approved restaurants in the Chicago area.