Top Delicatessens In Philadelphia

September 23, 2015 8:00 AM

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Whether you are just in the mood for a great sandwich or hoagie, a quick meal or some fresh lunch meats and cheeses, a delicatessen is a choice that will remedy any of those needs. Philly has its fair share of top delis, whether it’s Italian, Jewish or somewhere in between, where you can find fresh, authentic high-quality eats. Here are the top five delis in Philly.
Cosmi’s Deli
1501 S 8th St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19147
(215) 468-6093

Cosmi’s Deli opens daily at 10 a.m. and you also have the option to give them a call to place an order for pick up or delivery to many Philly locations. Customers love Cosmi’s and rave about everything from their cheesesteak to the vegetarian selection. One of the most important aspects to a sandwich is the bread or roll it is designed on. Here they use quality seeded rolls, which make a good hoagie great. You can also find delicious Italian foods like broccoli rabe, sharp provolone, roast pork and chicken cutlets. People also come to Cosmi’s for the friendly staff and generous portions.

Hershel’s East Side Deli
Reading Terminal Market
51 N. 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 922-6220

Hershel’s over in the Reading Terminal Market is an authentic deli known for its pastrami, corned beef and turkey cold cuts all made in-house. Hershel’s is where you want to get a good quality Reuben, especially at the terminal. Decent prices, plus homemade dressings and generous portions, are some of the reasons it is beloved by many. Be sure to try their Russian dressing and coleslaw. Hershel’s East Side Deli is open daily from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (closes at 5 on Sunday).

Dalesandros Steaks And Hoagies
600 Wendover St.
Philadelphia PA 19128
(215) 482-5407

Ranked second on the Fox Mojo Hotlist for best Deli in the city, Dalessandros is a popular pick amongst locals. Dalessandros is also overwhelmingly beloved for its steaks with four and half stars on Yelp from over 600 posters. One of the perks eating here is you can also get a beer with your sandwich, as they carry a nice variety of domestic and imported bottles, and also gourmet sodas.  The Prime rib is their choice for the meat of their cheesesteaks, plus a variety of peppers available for sandwiches at no extra charge. This is a small neighborhood place, so its a good idea to pick up or go at non-peak hours.

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Di Bruno Bros
1730 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19130
(215) 665-9220

Cheese lovers unite and head over to Di Bruno Bro. This deli serves up not just meat and cheese for sandwiches, are experts and real lovers of cheese. This is where you go not just for deli sandwiches but for other associated odds and ends that make up a great deli, such as specialty items and cured meats like prosciutto, specialty salamis and other grocery specialty items. Di Bruno Bros has been in business for over 75 years, so they must be doing something right.

Koch’s Deli
4309 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19104
(215) 222-8662

Koch’s Deli in University City is a classic kosher deli that will especially suit those who enjoy a good sandwich but are also concerned about their health. They use fresh all natural meats and produce so the prices are a little on the higher side, however, the portions are generous. Customers love their corned beef or turkey club hoagies. You can get delivery for the local area and Koch’s is open seven days a week from noon to 8 p.m. Other highlights people rave about are the homemade Russian dressing and coleslaw. Here you will find friendly service and free samples.

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Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here