The Best Jewish Delis in the World:: Chicago's Ashkenaz
When Shira Lazar went behind the counter at Schwartz's Deli in Montreal, it got us craving some overstuffed pastrami sandwiches and potato latkes with applesauce. So this week Jaunted is taking a look at the Best Jewish Delis in the World. Got your own suggestion for tasty goody delis? Let us know.
Chicago isn't the first town you think of when Jewish delis come to mind, but the Windy City doesn't miss out on many must-have food needs, and they even come through with a couple of great delis.
The first among this is 36-year-old Gold Coast institution Ashkenaz Jewish Style Deli. True to Chi-town style, this place is under-hyped, fancy-free and overstuffed. It's got none of the tourist allure of a place like Katz's in New York, but if you're in the market for a mile-high pastrami sandwich, it's hard to beat.
While the downtown location means the often-crowded deli deals mostly in to-go sandwiches, you can also sit down on the sidewalk patio and sample pretty much any kind of Kosher classics, from a simple serving of bagel and lox, to more intimidating traditional Jewish dishes like kishke—beef intestines stuffed with matzo meal and chicken fat. Yum (seriously).
The service is notoriously unhelpful, but that only adds to the surly, old-school charm, and the pricey sandwiches can be averted by going with the lunch special – a soup, side and half-sandwich (yes, half is more than enough) for $7.50.
· Springtime in Montreal: Schwartz’s Deli on Saint Laurent [Jaunted]
· The Best Jewish Delis in the World:: Katz's in New York [Jaunted]
· Ashkenaz Jewish Style Deli [Yelp]
[Photo: Atelier Teee]