Counter Culture: Delis Around the World
Collected by Caroline Eubanks , AFAR Local Expert
Delis are a special sort of place in every country, inviting diners to see the counters full of delicious ingredients ready to come together at a moment's notice. I've found that the Jewish delis are in a league all their own, although any will do when you're in need of a heaping plate of smoked meat.
3895 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1X9, Canada
While New York has its pastrami, Montréal is the home of smoked meat. (The preparation of both is similar: A beef brisket is cured in spices for a week, then hot-smoked and finally boiled before being served.) Though others may question the...
1038 SW Harvey Milk St, Portland, OR 97205, USA
OK, we didn't exactly go far for dinner. We were staying in the Ace Hotel, just two doors down, but we were jet-lagged and hungry. We had seen many people hunched over enormous sandwiches through the window of this traditional-style deli at...
2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024, USA
Every New Yorker knows Zabar's, an Upper West Side institution. The specialty food market was founded in the 1930s by Louis and Lillian Zabar; today's store is nearly a block long and serves 35,000 customers weekly. Bagels, lox, smoked fish,...
205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002, USA
Despite multiple trips over countless years going to New York City, it wasn't until a year ago today that I encountered this sandwich — the one that left me drooling until I could enjoy it again. Katz's quickly went from a one-stop place for me to...
3150 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
The Wise Sons Deli menu claims that the Matzo Ball soup is "better than your Bubbies" I didn't have a Bubbie, but I did have this soup and it was...delicious. Savory broth with dill and the big ball had the consistency of polenta. My friend has...
1475 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA
Saul's Restaurant & Deli serves many New York deli delights but nothing beats their pastrami! When you sit down you get a plate of pickles as you peruse the massive menu - if it is supposed to be in a deli it is on that menu. Have a diner...
1255 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta, GA 30068, USA
It's not often that you find a real New York deli in the southern United States, but Bagelicious is just that. The Jewish bagel spot is covered in Yankees memorabilia and usually packed with the regulars. So what's good here? In one word:...
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