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Kibitz in the City - new deli on Chestnut

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Kibitz in the City - new deli on Chestnut

--susan | May 15, 2003 10:01 AM

A deli, Kibitz in the City, has moved into one of the many vacated spots in the 700 block of Chestnut. This is my work neighborhood, so I'm usually looking for quick, pretty cheap takeout.

It's not cheap. They do overstuffed sandwiches: Whole sandwiches are mostly $8-11, half sandwiches are $5-7. They are certifiably enormous. Not Carnegie Deli enormous, but enormous nonetheless. Am I the only person who doesn't love this? It's nearly impossible to get a bite with bread, cheese, and meat when the sandwich is stacked so high. It comes with a side of potato salad, cole slaw, potato pancakes, etc.

The good news is that the roast beef I had was excellent. Very, very moist, rare, and flavorful. The potato salad was also very good, though a very skimpy portion. It was served in the kind of clear plastic cup-with-lid like a pizza joint would use for the red sauce that comes with your mozzarella sticks.

It's a huge menu. They seem to all of the deli traditional pastries and desserts; a wide selection of side dishes including a couple different varieties of kugel, knishes, and kishka; all appropriate fishes; platters of "traditional favorites" such as stuffed cabbage and roasted chicken; and breakfast omelettes and sandwiches. And they cater.

Bagel report shall be forthcoming.

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