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Manny's Deli, Chicago: 2 reviews and 1 photos

  Pastrami sandwich and knish
by Dabs

Last visit December 2015 when Kat (keida84) came to visit

You don't have to go to New York to get a good corned beef or pastrami sandwich, Manny's has been operating in Chicago since 1942, just a few years younger than New York's Carnegie Deli which opened in 1937. The current location on Jefferson has been there since 1964 and is still family owned and operated . I have to laugh at some of the reviews on Yelp complaining about the price, the sandwiches at Manny's are $13.95 but they are more than a mere human can finish. Compared to the Carnegie Deli where the sandwiches are even bigger but priced at $19.99 (last time I was there you were not allowed to share), I think Manny's is a deal.

Nothing at all fancy about this place, it's a cafeteria, you take a tray and order at the counter, you pay when you are through with your meal. The tables are formica, the servers are gruff but that's part of it's charm.

Manny's recently opened for dinner as well as lunch and breakfast, dinnertime on a Wednesday night right before Christmas was very quiet, a Saturday afternoon in March was a different story, there was a line out the door but the line goes very quickly. We had a Groupon, paid $11 for $22 worth of food, will definitely keep my eyes open for another one of those.

Favorite Dish: The sandwiches are pretty big here, I've had both the corned beef and the pastrami and like the pastrami better because it has more seasoning and more flavor. We split a pastrami sandwich ($13.95) on rye, a knish which is a huge dumpling that is either fried or baked with mashed potato and beef inside and covered in gravy ($5.95), and some kugel. That was a perfect size meal, not too much food and no leftovers. Potato pancakes are extra so if you don't want it, tell them that you don't want it.

Address: 1141 S. Jefferson
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: Just north of Roosevelt Road, a few blocks from I94. Free parking in the back
Phone: (312) 939-2855
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 4
Theme: Deli

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 1, 2016
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Comments (2)

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2014 at 4:28 AM

    Sounds very good, sort of like the Carnegie Deli Restaurant in NYC.

    • Dabs's Profile Photo
      Nov 10, 2014 at 6:46 AM

      Sort of but it's off the tourist track so almost all of the diners are locals

    • roamer61's Profile Photo
      Nov 10, 2014 at 7:27 AM

      That's fine. Some of the best eateries are off the tourist track. You learn this from watching shows like Zimmer's and also reading a lot.

      In fact, lots of times, those are the best places to eat. Not the ones that caters largely to tourists.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2013 at 3:59 AM

    Kristi, that all looks so delish esp the knish. hehe! Wow all that for $11.00!! You will have to tell me all about Groupons. Not sure if that is available in the Windsor area, but sure have to find out. Leave for Puerta Vallarta in two weeks. Can't wait to have a Pina Collada and loads of guacamole. Ole'

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