The making of a good deli requires several components, and these Chicago options pass all the tests. Whether you’re craving a Polish sausage or an Italian sub, there’s a deli for every need. Meat lovers should come hungry and ready to pack it in at any of these old-school joints.
This deli may be named after the Big Apple, but it’s second to none. Their classic meat-slinging style borrows from New York’s rich delicatessen history and brings it to the Windy City. Come for everything bagels, hot pastrami sandwiches, and even an espresso bar. Eat in at their Lakeview location or call them for catering.
New York Delicatessen, 2921 N Clark St, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 799 8642
Miceli’s is so laid-back that it doesn’t even have a website, but plenty of word travels by mouth about this Italian standby. On the Lower West Side, it’s a bit out of the way, but worth the trip. You won’t find a better Italian sub or meatball sandwich in Chicago, and Miceli’s comes complete with all the vintage vibes you’d expect.
Miceli’s, 2448 S Oakley Ave, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 847 6873