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Famous 4th St. Deli on 19th St.

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Famous 4th St. Deli on 19th St.

OlderPhiladelphian | Nov 6, 2009 08:49 PM

Just finished my 4th dinner there. What is amazing to me is how they have held on to very traditional Yiddish cooking. The only complaint so far is that the servings are so big, they are obscene. For instance, tonight we shared a bowl of split pea soup that was a meal unto itself. Then we had a platter of brisket. The brisket was cooked perfectly to melt in your mouth. The sides included potatoe pancakes, spinach and best of all kishka. The kishka was cooked perfectly. Not as good as my mothers kishka, but close. To top it off, Chef Jose Garces came in and ordered takeout.
I have had their chicken noodle soup and their mushroom barley soup, both exquisitely prepared. Their corned beef is cooked perfectly, but there was so much left over and I dont really like left over corned beef.
Where else in the city can you get 1/2 sour pickles, health salad and onion roll as part of your dinner?
Every other restuarant has faled her. Famous will thrive.

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Famous 4th St Delicatessen
700 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

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