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“Not what I expected” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Schlesinger's

Schlesinger's
Ranked #389 of 4,318 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen
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Good for: Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
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.
Bluffton, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Not what I expected”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

This is a popular Jewish deli in the heart of Philly.It was recommended by my hotel. I was less than impressed with the service and size if the portions. The corn beef & pastrami sandwiches were not heaped high with meat, but tasted good. With that said, I recommend a visit, as a lot of locals are patrons. Obviously, they are doing something right.

  • Visited June 2013
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PA
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306 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Good food and good prices for locations”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

We stopped for breakfast. Our food and service were both good. Nothing real exciting, but absolutely a place we would return too. Given the downtown location, the prices were very good. The pickle bar, although it was a bit early for pickles was a nice additions.

Visited June 2013
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Florida
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68 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“What a great experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

We were walking down Locust st and found this excellent deli at 1521 locust st. They have a great menu. We had home made Blintzes for breakfast - out of this world! and could not get enough of their excellent brewed coffee!. Service was excellent and prices were reasonable. Another plus - they are open daily from 7am until 9pm. Highly recommended!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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“Authentic Jewish Deli”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

I'm from California so eating here felt like an authentic East Coast experience! Loved the owner (great accent!) and can't forget to mention the pickle bar. First time having matzo-ball soup, it was sooooo yummy.... and the Reuben -- forgedduboudit!

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San Francisco
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“GoodFood”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2013

We had Stuffed Cabbage Rolls and Liver and Onions as entrees with sides of a tossed salad, roasted vegetables and matzo ball soup. The food was delicious and the servings large. Service was good. The restaurant seating was comfortable.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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