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The Ten Best Delis in North America

Got a hankering for a smoked meat sandwich? Look no further

By: Caitlin Marceau

Published: September 19th, 2014 in Culture » Food » News

The Ten Best Delis in North America

5.


Deli: Langer's Deli

City: Los Angeles

Langer’s Deli opened in 1947 and remains open to this day, despite having seen its fair share of post-war problems, gangs, and depressions. Also located in the Los Angeles area, and situated not far from Korea Town, Langer’s Deli offers one of the best pastrami sandwiches and what Nora Ephron from The New Yorker calls on their website, “... in short, a work of art.” Another great draw is that the current owner, Norm Langer (son of the founder Al Langer, who passed away in 2007), knows most of the clientele and has been with the deli since his father opened it.

4.


Deli: Carnegie Deli

City: New York

You haven’t truly been to New York until you’ve been to the Carnegie Deli. The restaurant first opened its doors in 1937 and has since gone on to open other locations across the New York area. They boast that their sandwiches contain at least one pound of meat, all of which are smoked at their own private plant, and have some of the best cheesecake in the city. They even offer their cake recipe on their website (although let’s be honest, no one can make it like them). If you check them out, make sure to order their most famous sandwich, the “Broadway Danny Rose.”

3.


Deli: Caplansky's Deli

City: Toronto

Located in Toronto, Caplansky’s Deli is fairly new to the deli scene in comparison to some of the other names on the list, however they’ve become internationally acclaimed for their smoked meat and array of sandwiches. What started out as a pop-up restaurant, Caplansky’s Deli has now begun the process of turning into a high quality franchise in Ontario, has a line of mustards coming out in grocery stores, and has even been showcased on programs like You Gotta Eat Here and Diners, Drive-Ins, And Dives.

2.


Deli: Katz's Deli

City: New York

Founded in 1888 and called Iceland Brothers at the time, Katz’s Deli is a New York staple. Opened to originally give new immigrants a taste of home, Katz’s eventually became the hotspot for local Yiddish theatre actors, and then eventually actors of every kind. Although they’re revered for their cuts of meat, which they have been doing for the last 125 years, they also have some of the best pickles that you’ll find on the East coast.

1.


Deli: Schwartz’s Deli

City: Montreal

First opened in 1928, Schwartz’s Deli is a Montreal landmark and internationally recognized as a purveyor of some the best smoked meat in the world. Founded by Rubin Schwartz, a Jewish immigrant from Romania, over 80 years ago, Schwartz’s still uses their secret blend of herbs and spices to create some of the best smoked meat you’ll ever taste. They continue to use high quality meat without preservatives, which is then marinated for 10 days and smoked fresh daily. Drawing in actors, artists, and everything else from around the world, Schwartz’s Deli is a must for anyone looking for both a taste of Montreal, and an incredible sandwich.

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