I happened to be in the neighborhood at 5AM on Saturday and decided to make my first trip to Manny's. For those who haven't been to this often discussed deli, it occupies what seems to be two storefronts, seating about 150-200 customers at tables for two and four. Typical deli decor with a couple lottery game/ticket machines thrown in for good measure. There was only one other customer when I visited, lending a rather lonely and cavernous feel to the place.
Ever a sucker for corned beef hash, I ordered the dish, which came with two eggs and toast ($3.95?) I enjoyed the dish very much because the corned beef bits tasted like, well, corned beef. In my experience, this is more than can be said for most renditions, which offer salty meat morsels as a poor excuse. Hints of onion, green pepper, and potato peeked through the brick red mash.
I asked when sandwiches would be available and the waitress apparently mistook my question to be why sandwiches weren't available at 5AM. She chuckled and apologized, saying that the food was being cooked and wouldn't be ready until 9:30 or so.
Upon leaving, the cashier commented that he hadn't seen me before and asked if I was new to the neighborhood. I didn't bother him with details (I live in Queens), but smiled and told him I would be back.
On a separate note, has anyone tried their Farmer's Chop Suey? Or more basically, what is Farmer's Chop Suey? It was under the dairy section of the menu, if that helps.
Manny's Coffee Shop & Deli
1141 S. Jefferson St. (just north of Roosevelt Rd.)
Chicago, IL 60607
M-Sa: 5AM-4PM, sandwiches available starting at 9:30