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“The best corned beef sandwich in town!”

Manny’s Cafeteria and Delicatessen
Ranked #323 of 9,525 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $30
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Chicago, Illinois
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160 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“The best corned beef sandwich in town!”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

Manny’s cafeteria and delicatessen is a Chicago dinning institution of long standing. It is a family owned business that has been operating in the area since the mid 40s and at it’s present location since 1964. It is in the University Village neighborhood that’s a stone’s throw from the Loop and open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It serves a large variety of Jewish cooking cafeteria style, i.e., patrons pick up a tray and walk along a long counter and make selections.

This is a no-frills eatery with a very large Spartan dinning area. People in all walks of life that include politicians, lawyers, cops, and blue-collar workers patronize it. You should never be surprised by who you might see chomping on a sandwich or slopping down a bowl of soup.

I go to Manny’s for the corned beef on rye sandwich that is served piled very high with meat and accompanied by an potato pancake and a large dill pickle spear. The bread is always crusty, fresh, and hearty. The corned beef is of the highest quality and it is served in such abundance that it is almost impossible to get it into your mouth to take a bite. The pancake is very tasty and pairs perfectly with the sandwich.

The price for this selection is about $13 that at first seems rather high. However, the portion of meat is enormous and I cannot remember finishing the whole thing. Usually, I take quite a bit home. As a tip, if you go with another person, one can order the sandwich and the other a bowl of soup for a few bucks that comes with a plate of several slices of rye bread. By using the extra bread and some of the corned beef in the sandwich literally several additional sandwiches can be made.

I strongly recommend Manny’s because it has by far the best corned beef sandwich in town.

Visited May 2013
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Burlington, IA
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“Good food and plenty of it!”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Very reasonable priced meal for the amount of food you are served as you go through the cafeteria line. It has a nostalgic atmosphere and the deli corned beef sandwich is mouth watering. The gentlemen serving behind the counter are all very courteous and accommondating as they serve the multitude of people that come for lunch and look very professional in their white hat, shirts and pants. The dining area is clean and someone is always wiping off tables.

  • Visited May 2013
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Madison, Wisconsin
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73 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Looking for a good pastrami sandwich”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

Well I was looking for something to replace Katz in NYC. The sandwich was very good, but not quite Katz.
The potato pancake with it was fantastic.
Still I was very please with the meal

  • Visited May 2013
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Edmonton Alberta
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Deli Time”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

Went to Manny's Deli bases on many positive viewer reviews. Quite an experience. Flashback to the 60's or what. Everything was retro. First we went early afternoon in order to avoid the lunch rush. Manny's is cafeteria style dining. If you've not been there before you will need a few minutes to digest the menu board. Everything from knish, matzo ball soup, many types of sandwiches inc chopped liver, pastrami, smoked meat as well as the usual, ham, turkey etc.
My partner and I opted to split a corned beef with a latke (potato pancake) and had a side of knish.
The corned beef was huge to say the least. It comes with a spear of dill too. The corned beef was enough to share. Knish was very tasty covered in gravy.
The counter staff were very friendly and were a integral part of the show! All in all a great experience. Although the sandwich w/latke, knish and a pop to share was over $22. Quite pricey. Worth it for the experience.

  • Visited May 2013
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Napa, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Great deli food.”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

We had breakfast there two days. It was typical delicatessen food. Fabulous corn beef, bagels and fresh fruit. The staff was fun and unflappable, even with two groups of 20+ people. The walls have lots of photos of politicians (Mainly democrats) who have eaten there, or had meet and greets there.

Visited May 2013
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