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.
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