Jewish delis and the food they serve have become an essential part of the American food landscape; from matzo ball soup to lox and bagels, to pastrami on rye and even challah French toast, the influence of what is largely Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine has played its own part in the hodgepodge that is American food. Like other big cities, Chicago has its own array of options for enjoying these dishes— check out these beloved Jewish delis to try on your next lunch break!
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Opened in 1990 in Edgewater, JB’s has been offering soups and sandwiches to hungry Chicagoans for years. In addition to pastrami sandwiches, Reuben sandwiches, and chicken noodle soup, one of the deli’s best-sellers is their nova lox.
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Set apart somewhat by its commitment to serving vegan Jewish deli fare, Sam & Gertie’s (named for husband-and-wife duo Sam and Gertrude Stuart) offers a variety of bagels, sandwiches, latkes, soups, and more. Satisfy your craving for traditional Jewish deli food while being kind to our animal friends!
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This Hyde Park deli opened in 1960, and deli-owner Morry Orman (whose daughter is financial advisor Suze Orman) eventually opened more locations of the popular deli in Chicago. The institution boasts “triple-decker sandwiches” piled high with delicious deli meats— among them is the particularly well-loved corned beef.
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Based in Lakeview, The Bagel offers a huge selection of simple-but-delicious foods. Featuring everything from the Jewish traditional (matzo ball soup, lox, and fried kreplach) to the almost-diner-like (cheeseburgers, buttermilk pancakes), The Bagel’s menu covers any and all bases when it comes to your appetite. Don’t forget the impressive selection of omelets— breakfast is served!
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Start the day off right with any of the selections on Manny’s breakfast “favorites”: corned beef hash and eggs, a breakfast Reuben (?!), lox and a bagel, or challah French toast are just a few of your options. If you can’t make it in until lunchtime, try the highly-recommended matzo ball soup.
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