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Schlesinger's

1521 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-735-7305
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Ranked #335 of 3,727 restaurants in Philadelphia
Cuisines: Delicatessen
Description: We were in Philadelphia for three days and ate four meals at Schlesinger’s. A delicatessen, in the Jewish tradition, Schlesinger’s is a fantastic representative of this kind of restaurant. Generous portions of delicious food, a deft hand with the kind of recipes that make a deli’s reputation, casual and warm, this was a find for hungry travelers. Stumbling in early on a weekday, we found the Work Week Breakfast Special. For $3.95 you get eggs, flavorful home fries, a choice of toast including rye, with seeds and without, and coffee. A yummy bargain. For lunch, the Fish Combo for 2 (feeds four) at $29.95 was the most generous platter of smoked fish, kippered salmon, whitefish spread, cream cheese, sliced vegies, and bagels I’ve ever encountered. I really don’t know how they’ll stay in business given the size of their portions, but I wish them well. And the pastrami! And the homemade mustard! And the chicken soup with not just matzo balls, but noodle bows and fresh chicken meat. Order the cup, the bowl is too big for one person. It’s not perfect. The kishka was too salty, the kasha was cool rather than hot, but the flavor is wonderful. Did I mention the chopped liver with schmaltz? Go, eat, try the home-made pickles. It’s a terrific place.
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Description: We were in Philadelphia for three days and ate four meals at Schlesinger’s. A delicatessen, in the Jewish tradition, Schlesinger’s is a fantastic representative of this kind of restaurant. Generous portions of delicious food, a deft hand with the kind of recipes that make a deli’s reputation, casual and warm, this was a find for hungry travelers. Stumbling in early on a weekday, we found the Work Week Breakfast Special. For $3.95 you get eggs, flavorful home fries, a choice of toast including rye, with seeds and without, and coffee. A yummy bargain. For lunch, the Fish Combo for 2 (feeds four) at $29.95 was the most generous platter of smoked fish, kippered salmon, whitefish spread, cream cheese, sliced vegies, and bagels I’ve ever encountered. I really don’t know how they’ll stay in business given the size of their portions, but I wish them well. And the pastrami! And the homemade mustard! And the chicken soup with not just matzo balls, but noodle bows and fresh chicken meat. Order the cup, the bowl is too big for one person. It’s not perfect. The kishka was too salty, the kasha was cool rather than hot, but the flavor is wonderful. Did I mention the chopped liver with schmaltz? Go, eat, try the home-made pickles. It’s a terrific place.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews 54 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Schlesinger's on Locust Street is a comfortable restaurant along a busy retail store street. It is one of several Kosher-style restaurants in Philadelphia. They are not the largest nor do they serve the largest portions, but the food is perfectly prepared, the staff is inviting and the "pickle bar" is a wonder.... pickles of every kind, health salad, potato salad... More

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Pittsgrove, New Jersey
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65 reviews 65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

We stumbled upon this restaurant while walking the city. It has the classic charm of the old city deli. My wife and I shared Mr. Schlesinger's special - corned beef on rye with of course cole slaw and Russian dressing. It was delivered on two separate plates - which was appreciated. The sandwich was great - loaded with very lean... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Eating here is an experience, with authentic food, an impressive pickle bar, and very friendly service. I had the scrambled (no less, I've never seen that offered) Salami and Egg omelet, just delicious. Looking at the display windows of food, such as the great looking sturgeon and potato pancakes, AND the super great desserts was an experience in itself. Our... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I think Schlesinger's is a great find in Philadelphia. A real Jewish deli - generous portions. Their 1/2 sandwich and soup is a great combo meal. The sandwich is more than a 1/2 and their soup is good, especially their mushroom and barley soup. Good corned beef and great pickle bar. Doesn't disappoint.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Good choice of breakfast items for a very decent price - much better and cheaper than the average. hotel breakfast. Do try the different types of bread; the rye was the tastiest I've ever had. Bagels are also good. The only negative was that my egg white was still very runny, despite asking for medium. Lunch (kippered salmon plate) was... More

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Dorking, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Like the travellers below, we had just arrived in Philly on Dec 14 and trudged over to Schlesingers in the snow. I guess it was a little earlier in the evening and we had a fantastic meal. What a find! The brisket was tremendous. My husband had "Arlene's Reuben" and loved it. Service was good and we returned later in... More

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Evergreen, Colorado
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71 reviews 71 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

I am taking the time to write because of what happened Last Night. When in Philly We always go there, My Husband was so very excited to get a few Sandwiches. We checked to see how late they were open. Open till 9 PM. Great, so we drove in ICE & SNOW & Freezing Rain to get there and we... More

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NJ
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

What a great find! Breakfast was excellent. Clean, friendly staff, big portions, and overall value was well worth braving the cold temps on a Sunday morning. We will make this a regular stop when we're in town. If you're looking for a low key, pleasant place for breakfast, Schlesinger's is your spot!

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Melbourne, Florida
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40 reviews 40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

The pastrami sandwich was excellent. As was the knish. Great little pickle bar with really good sour pickles and an excellent cucumber salad. Not quite New York, but way better than I find these days in Florida.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Schlesinger's is a friendly authentic Kosher Deli with delicious breakfasts. Their bagels are excellent (especially the "everything" bagel) and come with a huge amount of cream cheese on the side for those of us who love fat and cholesterol. Their coffee is very good without being "fancy." It comes rich and dark in a real mug regularly refilled by their... More

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