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“Jewish-style Deli”
Review of Schlesinger's

Schlesinger's
Ranked #304 of 4,445 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Delicatessen
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Dining options: Breakfast
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.
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, cole slaw, potato salad, macaroni salad, cucumbers, green tomatoes, etc.that came with the sandwiches. Our egg creams brought back memories of our childhood.

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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 for a quick lunch. There is a pickle bar - all you can eat with purchase of sandwich! The service is friendly and quick when you need to split the bill with a large group, the girl at the front register just rang us out individually and it was the smoothest, fasted way we could have ever dreamed lunch could go in Philly!!! Don't leave Philly without trying this place! Easy on your wallet and delicious.

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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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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 and more are available with every meal...yum. Large portions don't make a restaurant good, they just make it difficult to get up after the meal. The corned beef, pastrami and the rest are great and reasonably priced. In center city, do make a point of stopping in Schlesinger's on Locust.

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Reviewed May 8, 2014 via mobile

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 and tasty beef. We also visited the complimentary pickle bar located in the back of the restaurant, where we also found their tasty potato salad. We found the staff cheerful and the prices reasonable. Only down note was that we were not told about pickle bar until I asked if they had potato salad. For Patco subway travelers, the restaurant is located right next to the stairwell leading to the last Locust street westbound stop - 16th street (or first Eastbound stop). Very convenient for commuter takeout.

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