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Manny's Cafeteria & Delicatessen

1141 S Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60607
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  • Manny's Cafeteria & DelicatessenPro 2014
    Eric Brink
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    4 May 13, 2014

    Jane and Michael Stern's road food brought me here and way before Manny's developed a certain political cache. I love old school places, especially when a founding family member once said:

    "I know what the people around here want, and I'm the only one left who can do it."

    Same as it Ever Was. And dripping with Attitude and Yiddishkeit.

    Manny's Coffee Shop & Deli came into being shortly after World War II, when the Raskin brothers split up so that Jack could open his own restaurant on Roosevelt Road near the open-air market area known as Maxwell Street. The restaurant property Jack bought had been originally named Sunny's. So rather than tear down the old sign and get a whole new one, he named it after his teenage son, Emanuel (or Manny, to family and friends), saving money by simply buying two letters and replacing the "Su" in Sunny's with "Ma." The address changed a few times, and in 1964 Manny's moved to its current spot on Jefferson Street.

    I also enjoy exploring the dining room walls decorated with news clippings, reviews, snapshots, and other memorabilia. I also appreciate an authentic Jewish Deli experience and where the following words will never be heard :

    "I'll take a corned beef sandwich on white bread with mayo"......

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  • Manny's Cafeteria & Delicatessen
    Barbara Kossy
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    5 Jan 28, 2014

    I love going through the cafeteria-style line and kibitzing with the cooks and servers. The corned beef is great, each sandwich has enough for two. Try the kishka, and a vanilla cream, and a pickle, and some cole slaw. There's a parking lot out back.

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  • Manny's Cafeteria & DelicatessenPro 2014
    Joseph Coureur
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    4 Jun 03, 2013

    I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to pastrami, having acquired a taste for it while living in New York. It takes a great Jewish deli to do it well. I've had poor experiences with other places in Chicago.

    Manny's however, is as close to the ideal as I think you can get while being outside of New York. It's even more like what I expected: you go through cafeteria style and the cashier gives you a chit. You don't pay until you leave.

    The prices are a bit steep. I paid over $40 for a lunch for two. A $12 pastrami sandwich is a bit much. I don't think it was worth $12, but it was pretty good. The cole slaw and the pickles were okay.

    As lunch time approached, the place filled up with local power brokers and other suits. Get that early to get a seat.

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  • Manny's Cafeteria & Delicatessen
    Pasquale Iannino Jr.
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    4 Feb 20, 2013

    Classic corned beef, pastrami on rye, and potato pancakes! If you are a meat-a-holic this is the place for you. The sandwich bread is miniscule compared to the amount of meat.

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  • Manny's Cafeteria & Delicatessen
    Jen Knoedl @GogobotChicago
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    5 Feb 06, 2013

    I just had my very first pastrami sandwich and I'm pretty sure it's ruined me for all others. As the sign says, this Jewish-style deli has been around a LONG time and is as "Classic Chicago" as it gets. Expect to pay about $15 for the biggest, juiciest corned beef sandwich this side of Lake Michigan. A must-do in Chicago.

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    然 魏
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    4 Jun 06, 2013

    not bad

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  • Manny's Cafeteria & Delicatessen
    Stefanie Parks
    5 Apr 11, 2013

    Cafeteria-style deli that’s just as good as any deli I’ve had in NY.

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    Sabrina Spriggs
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    good food

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  • Manny's Cafeteria & Delicatessen
    Lauren Burroughs
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Great corned beef.

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4.5 out of 5
9 members' reviews
430 people visited Manny's Cafeteria & Delicatessen
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    Moderate$$
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    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat.
  • Phone:

    (312) 939-2855

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