Thursday, October 20, 2011

How to Recognize a "Good Deli"

I had the most amazing lunch today. Really. It was so good that I'm dedicating an entire blog post to it. No, I didn't take pictures of the food. I couldn't, I ate it too fast.

front of menu. not fancy. just GOOD.

Pat and I got to talking about how this place qualifies as a "good deli." You know what I'm talking about. They come in all shapes and sizes, all types of locations. But no matter what or where, there is just something about a deli that makes it good... authentic.

We came up with a set of guidelines to follow when searching for the perfect deli. That way, if you do happen to use our checklist when you find yourself in such a place, you will be able to accurately calculate just how good your deli is.

How to Recognize a "Good Deli"

1. The guy behind the deli counter is wearing a Chicago Blackhawks hat. And you're not in Chicago.

2. There is a deli counter.

3. There are lots (and lots) of old people.

4. Giant-sized Vienna Beef hot dog sign qualifies as "decor."

5. As does the Coca-Cola sign in Hebrew.

6. You want a corned beef sandwich but you have to choose from the half dozen (minimum) sandwiches that have corned beef in them.

7. When you take the first bite of your sandwich, you feel the intense desire to either faint, cry or leap onto the counter and announce that you've been waiting your whole life just for this sandwich.

8. There are menu items with direct references to the Motherland or Its People. Examples include Hear-O-Israel and The Rachel (real sandwich names at Benji's).
 
9. There is borscht on the menu.

10.You want to move in.

BONUS POINTS:
It's not yuppy.
It's always busy.
Adam Richman with Man vs. Food has been there.

After doing some Official Internet Research, it turns out I'm not crazy. Check out this local food blogger named Nick. He said it right - he wrote that he didn't want to blog about Benji's because if he did, he'd have to take pictures of his food. And, according to Nick, he'd rather be eating the food at Benji's than taking pictures. It's that good.

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