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Unread 12-17-2008, 01:55 PM
 
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I don't ever remember having had a bad cornbeef sandwich in all my yeras in Chicago. And I'm a religious deli-browser.
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Unread 12-17-2008, 05:19 PM
 
Location: The Land of Lincoln
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I love Manny's and used to be a huge fan of Al's Deli in Homewood.
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Unread 12-18-2008, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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city: Manny's
suburbs: Max & Benny's (Northbrook)
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Unread 11-27-2009, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Kaufman's in Skokie. I went there today for the first time. I do recommend the corned beef sandwich. (Especially with the onion roll)

The sandwich is a bit pricey ($7.92 with tax included), but the sandwich is good enough for two meals and tastes really good.

Kaufman's Bagel and Deli: Chicagolands Favorite Deli Since 1955!
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Unread 11-27-2009, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Let me ask a dumb question. What happened to the Jewish Deli's? Cornbeef on Rye is still my favorote Chicago sandwich.
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Unread 11-27-2009, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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...What happened to the Jewish Deli's? Cornbeef on Rye is still my favorote Chicago sandwich.
Most Jews moved out of the city to the burbs.
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Unread 11-28-2009, 01:01 AM
 
Location: Too far from Alaska
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Corned beef or Pastrami- the place to get the best is at Viena Beef's factory outlet/cafeteria.
Fresh, hot and delicious. All the employees dine right there.
Damen/Fullerton/Elston? If I remember correctly.
And you can buy there all the meats, dogs and cheese cakes you want.
My favorite for 30 years, whenever I get to the area.
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Unread 11-28-2009, 09:41 AM
 
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There are some 'OK' corned beefs in Chicago, but nothing great. Harringtons is very hit and miss. The delis that are considerd Jewish like Kaufman's are a far cry from ones on the east coast, if you've ever seen them. Manny's is decent. Anything Vienna is really subpar to the east coast stuff. Stick with the Italian beefs.
Making a good corned beef sandwich isn't rocket science.
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Unread 01-07-2010, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Here is the Reader's list of Deli's and reviews for them:

Deli in Your Belly | Restaurant Reviews | Chicago Reader
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Unread 01-07-2010, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Let me ask a dumb question. What happened to the Jewish Deli's? Cornbeef on Rye is still my favorote Chicago sandwich.
Keeping a Jewish deli going is a lot tougher today in Chicago or any city. With each succeeding generation, the American Jewish community becomes less and less "ethnic".

It's a matter of assimilation. The vast array of kosher style foods shrank with changing tastes as Jews put their European roots further and further behind them.

A Jewish deli is not an Italian restaurant. Old style Italian places can still go strong because their array of food appeals to Italians and non-Italians (probably equally). A Jewish deli is more of niche market and that niche is shrinking.

In many ways, cities like New York, Chicago, Philly, etc, are much less stellar in their deli offerings than they were in the 20th century.
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