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“The best Jewish Deli In the NW burbs” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kaufman's Bagel & Delicatessen

Kaufman's Bagel & Delicatessen
4905 Dempster St, Skokie, IL 60077-2256
847-677-6190
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Ranked #2 of 157 Restaurants in Skokie
Cuisines: Bakery, Delicatessen
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Itasca, Illinois, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“The best Jewish Deli In the NW burbs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

Kaufman's has high quality, traditional Jewish deli fare plus a great bakery. I love the onion bagels and they make their own cream cheese with chives. The Nova lox is the best I have had. they even have pickle barrels where you can pick you own pickle - new or old. I feel the prices are a bit high but where else can you get this type of food?

Visited February 2014
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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50 reviews 50 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Terrific Sandwiches, Baked Goods & Deli Meats!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Stopped in for bagels, pastrami, corned beef & assorted other great items they offer. Place is an authentic Jewish deli/bakery with a nice selection of deli meats and sandwiches, baked breads & bagels, cookies, cakes, soups, etc. I got the usual when I go--- pastrami & corned beef to bring home along with cheesecake slices, doz bagels and cookies that are just flat-out delicious. I also decided to try one of their sandwiches-to-go, a pastrami sandwich on bagel that was LOADED with pastrami--- had to be a pound of pastrami! Absolutely delicious and huge and the potato cake I got was scrumptious as well. Can't say enough about the excellence this place delivers with the quality & quantity of food they offer. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Wilmette, Illinois
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104 reviews 104 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Best Deli in Skokie, Illinois”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Recently had a great corn beef sandwich for dinner. (The best I had in a long time) It was served warm if you wish. the new configuration of this Deli certainly has made it more modern and easy to cruise around and see what is available to purchase. You can have lunch or dinner or just pick up something. They have hot soups available to fill a cup and take to your table. They have a large bakery section which is so appealing. You just want to pick out lots of goodies to take with. There are large cooler with soups & other meal,other to carry out.
You just have to stop in and taste for yourself.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Colorado
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84 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“So glad they're back in business!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

We've always made a stop at Kaufman's when we're in the Chicago area. So when we visited one year and found out about the fire that temporarily put them out of business, we were crushed! But we figured that Skokie would have at least one other authentic deli. That year we searched everywhere and asked around to find another great deli in the area. Guess what...there are none! Without Kaufman's, Skokie was a corned beef desert.

The new Kaufman's is even better than the old one! Even though it's double the size, it still has that traditional family owned feel. Now they even have some tables so you can eat your lunch right there.

But what's most important is that the same fabulous food is still standard. Magnificent brisket, beautiful corned beef. Great soups, salads, lox, latke's, breads, authentic bagels and pastries. Order a sandwich here and they don't skimp on the meat. The sandwiches and deli meats are worth the premium price. You won't find this stuff anywhere else. Guaranteed.

I do agree with other reviewers that the deli staff, in particular, need to work on their people skills. They do become impatient if you don't know what you want and if you have any questions, they aren't particularly helpful or friendly. I hope they listen to their reviews and work on that before my next visit.

But Kaufman's remains a Skokie tradition and I hope they're around for a long, long time.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC
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162 reviews 162 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
“Missed it this trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Love bagels and authentic delis and try to stop at Kaufman's whenever i am home. it's a step back in time with delicious bagels, corned beef, pastrami, kugel and other deli-ish goodies. Don't miss it if you can help it.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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