On sunday, post-Pita Inn and pre-wedding, we visited Kaufman's deli. I have vague recollections of Kaufman's on Kedzie, but I never remember visiting this location.
This place looks, feels and smells like a deli even if the latina servers do not fit the profile. We started on the bread side and were dazzled by the choices. Which one: onion speckled pumpernickle, corn rye, kaiser rolls, bagels, rummelach, studel!? Well, we did the VI thing, and got them all. Actually nothing sweet, which I soon rued. Then on to the meats.
LeeK mentioned a while back that the place was kosher, I am not sure as I think I saw cream cheese, still I could be wrong, ask your rabbi. What I also saw was some bloody good looking roast beef (no british inflection implied!). We also purchased corn beef and pickles from the pseudo-barral. Some of the smoke fishes looked inviting, but I wonder why they have no hand sliced cuts.
In the intervening days, I've sampled everything we purchased (except the pickled tomato which Ms. VI got to first). Maybe because I had some really lousy deli last friday, I was especially happy with this stuff. The breads could have used a bit more crust but tasted special enough. The bagels, well, I suppose if this was the beer world cup and we had a catagory for Chicago-style bready bagels, these would be gold medal worthy. On the other hand, if I was comparing to "real" bagels, I would find them a bit light. Good yeasty flavor nonetheless.
If Kaufman's was closer, I'd stop by more often. I really need to try that strudel. It beats Onion Roll.
Kaufmans Bagel and Deli
4905 Dempster, Skokie