If you’re looking for a good place for some authentic lox and smoked fish, you don’t have to head to New York City to find the best. Philadelphia has some excellent establishments that have been long-standing residents in the area. Known for quality and definitely quantity, the Jewish deli business is alive and well…and serving up some fresh lox and bagels at a counter near you! We’ve done the research and we’ve found the top five delis that will satisfy your smoked fish cravings.
4th Street Delicatessen
700 S. 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
“The Famous,” as it’s known around the Queens Village neighborhood, is one of Philadelphia’s best spots for Jewish nosh. The 4th Street Delicatessen has been a local staple since the 1920s, and you’ll go back in time the minute you walk through the door. Not much has changed in nearly a century, and that includes the authentic Jewish delicacies served up in huge portions. The delicatessen has a wide selection of smoked fish, including lox, and offers a beautiful smoked fish buffet that serves large parties of three or more.
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342 Montgomery Ave.
Merion Station, PA 19066
Hymie’s Deli on the Main Line right outside of Philadelphia has been voted “No. 1 Deli” by the readers of Main Line Lifestyle magazine six years in a row. That’s a pretty good track record. Hymie’s has been in business since 1937 and still maintains its reputation for quality and taste. The bagel and lox classics are always a hit, and you can’t go wrong with the fish platters. The fish salads at Hymie’s are always popular. This deli is available to cater your event as well.
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The Kibitz Room
100 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Everyone raves about The Kibitz Room in Cherry Hill, NJ as being the best Jewish deli in South Jersey. Check out the smoked fish menu, either served on a bagel or platter. The hand-sliced lox are fresh and delicious along with all of the smoked fish selections. Everything at The Kibitz Room is made on site and served in extra large portions.
4309 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Koch’s Deli is a genuine Jewish deli that offers all of the delicacies of Jewish cuisine including a delicious selection of lox and smoked fish. Koch’s is located in the West Philly section of Philly, in University City. It also offers traditional Philly fare, such as the classic hoagie, and the portions are huge. You’ll never go hungry with the delicious portions served at Koch’s Deli.
1521 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
If you have your heart set on an oversized sandwich, then Schlesinger’s is the place to go. Try a lox sandwich on a pumpernickel loaf filled with tomato, lettuce, onions, cucumber, cream cheese and smoked salmon. It’s basically a complete smoked fish platter in a sandwich. The portions are humongous, which is a true tradition of Jewish cuisine. Schlesinger’s makes everything on the premises, even smoking the meat it layers on the sandwiches, and do not pass by the pickle bar. That in itself is worth a visit to Schlesinger’s!
Christina Thompson is a freelance travel writer living in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.