Special Report

The Best Deli in Every State

> Deli: Perly’s
> Location: Richmond

Perly’s is a funky retro-style Jewish deli just a few blocks from the state capitol in downtown Richmond. You’ll find great bagels with smoked fish, latkes, and knishes, sure, but the quirky specialty sandwiches are where they really shine. They include the Jewbano (tongue, brisket, zucchini pickles, havarti cheese, yellow mustard, and cherry pepper relish hot on a pressed sub roll) and the Jewish Sailor (hot pastrami, pickled red cabbage, smoked beef sausage, red onion, chopped liver, and deli mustard on toasted rye) alongside killer tuna melts, Reubens, pastrami-topped patty melts, and a hot dog topped with a rye-crusted fried pickle, egg salad, red onion, lettuce, and hot sauce. Be sure to start off with the Jewish Egg Rolls filled with corned beef, kishka, and sauerkraut or Schlubby Fries topped with dill havarti, pastrami, Russian dressing, pickled onions and peppers, and pickled jalapeños.

> Deli: Tat’s Delicatessen
> Location: Seattle

An East Coast-style deli in the heart of Seattle’s Pioneer Square, Tat’s pulls in crowds every morning for its breakfast sandwiches and every lunchtime for its huge selection of hoagies, hot subs, and Philly cheesesteaks so good they’d fit right in in Philly. You can’t go wrong with the Italian (capicola, pepper ham, Genoa salami, and provolone with hot and sweet peppers), but if you’re in the mood for a hot sandwich opt for the Italian roast pork, hot beef, hot pastrami, meatball, chicken parm, or crispy chicken bacon ranch.

Source: Courtesy of Hermosilla's Deli Market- Fairmont, WV

West Virginia
> Deli: Hermosilla’s Deli Market
> Location: Fairmont

The Hermosilla family has been in the deli business since opening their first market in Pittsburgh in the 1920s, and today they run a beloved deli and market in Fairmont. Visitors can take them pick from more than 20 meats, 25 cheeses, and more than a dozen toppings and condiments, but if that’s a little overwhelming choose one of their signature sandwiches, including the Deluxe Italian (Genoa salami, capocollo, sopressata, and provolone), Kickin’ Roast Beef (with green onion cheese and horseradish sauce), pastrami or corned beef with Swiss and homemade Russian dressing, or homemade chicken, tuna, or ham salad. They also specialize in party trays of antipasti and cold cuts.

Source: Courtesy of Stalzy's Deli & Bakery

> Deli: Stalzy’s Deli & Bakery
> Location: Madison

At Stalzy’s, they take the time to do things right, purchasing primarily Wisconsin ingredients and making just about everything on the menu from scratch. Breads including bagels, rye, sourdough, baguettes, challah, and brioche buns are baked fresh daily (and sold wholesale to lots of restaurants in town), breakfast is served all day (try the smoked brisket hash), and bacon, pastrami, smoked salmon, corned beef, and other deli meats are made in-house. The burgers are also spectacular, and if you stop in on Fridays you’ll be treated to a walleye or haddock fish fry with potato pancakes or German potato salad, coleslaw, and bread.

> Deli: Main Street Deli
> Location: Evanston

Main Street Deli is a low-key sandwich shop that’s become a fixture of the community. Soups are made from scratch daily, and it’s also the best place in town to buy homemade cupcakes. Fun appetizers include wings, fried mac & cheese bites, and beer-battered onion rings. Burgers, pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and more are named for various thoroughfares – the Rodeo Drive BBQ bacon cheeseburger, the Via Mazzini pizza (pepperoni with marinara sauce and cheese), the Liberty Lane (turkey breast, bacon, cheddar, Swiss, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on wheat bread), and so on.

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