Food Legends – Mannys Deli
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I’m mixing up my Fooding around Chicago segment, as it’s time to enjoy some different things. Welcome to a new spin on this series. As usual, this comes out of my pocket, rather than paid-for reviews.
First on the list is Manny’s Deli, on the South Loop.
It’s reachable via the usual methods – and if you fancy a 15-minute walk, it’s walkable from Roosevelt L Station (although you might wish to combine it with a bus ride, depending on Chicago’s weather).
Mannys Deli describes itself as a Jewish-style cafeteria and Deli and has been covered multiple times.
I wanted to see what it was about. I headed there for a bite to eat.
Going in, it is a classic cafeteria. You grab a tray and cutlery, then you select your dishes. And there are plenty.
I was more interested in the hot sandwiches they had – and the choices were A Mannys Classic, A Ruben or the classic Corned Beef.
I went for the Ruben on this trip.
I kind of knew what I was expecting in this sandwich I just was in shock when I saw how pilled up the Reuben sandwich was. This was served with pickles and a potato pancake.
There were other things too – but I added a refillable soft drink to the side too.
The damage? $30 – a little expensive for a sandwich you would think, but considering how much beef was in it – I wasn’t objecting. The $3 for the refillable soft drink… meh.
So onto the sandwich – it’s a hot rye bread sandwich, filled with corned beef (and no, not the kind you find in a can), Swiss Cheese, Sauerkraut and dressing.
To say the beef was spilling out of the sandwich would be an understatement.
If I open it up… you can see how deep you can go – this could easily feed two people – or a hungry writer who had spent the morning fighting his packing earlier in the day (or maybe bagging some of it to eat later on during the day).
Taking a bite, yes, the beef dominates – but also, the other flavours of the rye bread and the sauerkraut come through – providing much-needed acid to cut through the beef.
The pickle provided a nice counterbalance to all of this, whilst the potato pancake added a lovely crisp element to the dish.
As for the atmosphere it’s very much a cafeteria with rows of seats and tables. I found a spot to sit that was a little high up and allowed me an overview of the place.
There’s also lots of memorabilia around the restaurant, with Guy Ferieiri being a recent pride of place.
And here’s the video:
Me? I learned about this place on Food Insider, which gives a much deeper look at the lore and history of the place, as well as the sandwiches.
A word of advice – come hungry. There are a variety of sandwiches and foods to try – which can represent reasonable value depending on what you’re looking for.
Whilst $30 for a sandwich and drink is on the high side, I felt I got reasonable value for money, a full stomach and a lack of hunger until I landed in the UK.
And considering the food offerings I had further on this trip – yeah… this place had no competition.
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