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Schlesinger's

1521 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-735-7305
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Ranked #326 of 3,741 Restaurants in Philadelphia
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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English first
Stafford, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The waitress never came back to see if we needed anything else- we had to call another waitress to get us our check. We left a tip-PROVIDE BETTER SERVICE- Food was ok.

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Rochester, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

In the heart of Philly and a very good deli choice. We each had a home-made soup, one cabbage and one split pea, that were excellent. We split a Doris' Reuben, a combo of corned beef and pastrami with swiss cheese on grilled rye; reminiscent of New York (minus the cheese). There is a salad-like bar that included different pickles,... More

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Dover, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Our hotel was near this restaurant & delicatessen during a weekly training session. Had to find something fast & reasonable for breakfast & lunch...you cannot beat this deal. The Work Week Breakfast Specials at Schlesinger's is excellent. The Harvey...2 eggs w/ home fries, toast & Coffee $3.95. It get's better...if you love corned beef sandwiches....try the Jules Reuben for $9.95... More

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New York City, New York
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86 reviews 86 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

this is a great place for breakfast or lunch or dinner. the prices are great and the food is outstanding. the service is also fantastic because they want you to be pleased. Bagels and lox and eggs and Ruben sandwiches and salads and pickles. Bring some antacid. ENJOY>>>>>>>>>>>

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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60 reviews 60 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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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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