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The Ten Best Deli’s 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 Deli's in North America

When you’re hungry and have a craving for a sandwich, nothing hits the spot like a smoked meat sandwich on a fresh brisket with a side of homemade coleslaw. However sometimes that’s easier said than done, with “authentic” or “traditional” smoked meats not always as great as advertised. In a bid to find the ultimate pastrami, smoked meat, and corned beef sandwiches, we at Shalom Life did a little digging to find you the best restaurants to go to for a taste of traditional Jewish deli food.

Get ready to drool at the top ten delis around North America that you definitely need to eat at.

10.


Deli: Wexler’s Deli

City: Los Angeles

Located in Los Angeles, Wexler’s Deli is some of the best food you’ll find in California. Although they offer a variety of high quality Jewish deli classics, they pride themselves first and foremost on their smoked meats. Their salmon and pastrami are fresh, smoked in house over apple wood, and sliced fresh. There’s truly nothing like it.

9.


Deli: Zingerman’s Deli

City: Ann Arbor

Founded in 1982, expanded in 1986 and then again in 1991, Zingerman’s Deli was the answer to Ann Arbor’s lack of traditional Jewish food. Although the deli is known for their tasty and traditional foods, the deli has also made a reputation for itself through its artistry. Stylistic signage and lettering in their catalogs and storefront have helped them to establish an artistic, but delicious, identity amongst both locals and international visitors. They also offer a sandwich of the month, keeping their menu fun and fresh all throughout the year.

8.


Deli: David’s Brisket House

City: Brooklyn

With two locations in Brooklyn, David’s Brisket House is known among locals for their large portions, at fair prices, and delicious pastrami and corned beef. Their coleslaw is also a fan favourite, but their piece de resistance is truly the brisket. Rich, flavorful, and melts in your mouth, there’s a reason this place is called David’s Brisket House. Make sure to have loads of napkins on hand, however, as the sandwiches can get a bit messy.

7.


Deli: Canter’s Deli

City: Los Angeles

Originally opened in New Jersey in 1924, the Canter brothers were forced to close their East coast deli during the stock market crash of 1929. Moving to the West coast to start over, the brothers re-opened Canter’s Deli in 1931 to overwhelming success. With food available 24 hours, and a cocktail room open from 10:30 a.m. until after 1 a.m., it’s no wonder this deli is a hot spot for tourists and locals alike.

6.


Deli: Lester’s Deli

City: Montreal

Located in the heart of Montreal, Lester’s Deli is world renown for their fresh cuts and great sandwiches. Open for more than 60 years, their address on Bernard Street West has become iconic to those who live in the city, or those coming to visit. In addition to serving their smoked meat fresh in house, they also offer vacuum-sealed packages of smoked meat that, when reheated, taste as fresh as the day the meat was sliced. A great treat to enjoy in Montreal, or even from the comfort of your own home.

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