Ok, I'm a full time NYCer with family in Maine, so I end up driving through Worcester a lot. To my great shame, I have done little to no Chowhounding along the way, despite making the trip several times a year for the past 20 years or more. So, a few months back I couldn't stand it any longer and turned off 290 in Worcester in search of something to eat. To my great delight, I found Weintraubs Jewish Deli.
It's location is 126 Water Street, which is really near the highway though how exactly you get there I'm not quite sure. Anyway, it's not 3 minutes from the offramp.
Inside is a rather spacious restaurant with tables and a long counter, homey in the sort of half-run down New England way, but with terrific food and ridiculously cheap prices. Good home made soups - split pea, etc. They have corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, also homemade (pretty sure about that), and while they are not Katz's or the like, they are $6.95. Hot dogs with some char on them - the way I like them. Some home made kraut and cole slaws too if I remember correctly.
The guys working there were great. One of them had some fun showing my kids the giant cows tongue they have for tongue sandwiches.
Also, there's a pretty good bakery right across the street.
Anyway, these guys are selling good, home made food for cheap, and by the looks of the place they could use some customers and general love. It's very close to the highway, and a far cry from the crap one often eats driving on the highway. There's a few reviews on Yelp for it, but I couldn't find anything on here mentioning it, so I figured it's worth giving them a shout out. They sure don't look like they're getting rich off the place. I'm definitely stopping by on my next trip through Worcester.
(and in case anyone's interested, I have no connection with these guys whatsoever other than eating there once)