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25 Best Delis Across America

Cheapism Logo By Andrew Lisa of Cheapism | Slide 1 of 26: Overstuffed pastrami and towering Reubens. Deep bowls of rich, hearty soup. Massive pickles by the barrel. If you're looking for something in between fast food and a traditional sit-down restaurant, a great deli is more than just a shop for outstanding sandwiches — it's an oasis in the desert. It all started in 1888 when the first Jewish delicatessen opened in New York City. By the 1920s, the neighborhood deli was a cornerstone of Jewish-American culture that was in some ways, according to author Ted Merwin, as important to the community as the local synagogue. Today, the delicatessen is no longer the bastion of a single ethnic group but a staple of American cuisine — and amazing delis can be found not just in the crowded boroughs of New York City, but in every corner of America.

BETTER THAN BUBBIE'S

Overstuffed pastrami and towering Reubens. Deep bowls of rich, hearty soup. Massive pickles by the barrel. If you're looking for something in between fast food and a traditional sit-down restaurant, a great deli is more than just a shop for outstanding sandwiches — it's an oasis in the desert. It all started in 1888 when the first Jewish delicatessen opened in New York City. By the 1920s, the neighborhood deli was a cornerstone of Jewish-American culture that was in some ways, according to author Ted Merwin, as important to the community as the local synagogue. Today, the delicatessen is no longer the bastion of a single ethnic group but a staple of American cuisine — and amazing delis can be found not just in the crowded boroughs of New York City, but in every corner of America.
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