Special Report

The Best Deli in Every State

> Deli: The Bagel Deli
> Location: Denver

A Denver standby since 1967, The Bagel Deli was featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” and host Guy Fieri fell in love with owner Rhoda Kaplan’s matzo ball soup, homemade meat knishes, kishke, corned beef, and pastrami. All recipes are inspired by Rhoda’s “bubbe;” if you stop in for breakfast be sure to order their famous “Eggs Bagel-Dict” (Eggs Benedict on a bagel with pastrami instead of Canadian bacon), and don’t miss the homemade rugelach and “Rhally Bars” for dessert.

Source: Courtesy of CK R. via Yelp

> Deli: Greenwich & Delancey Delicatessen
> Location: Cos Cob

The “Delancey” in the name of this deli (in the Greenwich, Connecticut, neighborhood of Cos Cob) is the name of one of the main drags of NYC’s Lower East Side, and this restaurant wouldn’t have felt too out-of-place there 100 years ago. Under the auspices of chef David Teyf, this Certified Kosher delicatessen makes its own pastrami, smoked brisket, corned beef, and full lineup of baked goods in-house, and the menu is loaded with Eastern European Jewish specialties like matza babka, p’tcha (jellied broth), kasha varnishkes, and handmade kreplach. Dinner entrees include chicken Kiev and their signature pastrami, carved tableside.

Source: Courtesy of Frank & Louie's Italian Specialties

> Deli: Frank & Louie’s Italian Specialties
> Location: Rehoboth Beach

A Rehoboth Beach must-visit, Frank & Louie’s is a true family operation, run by brothers Frank and Louie Bascio, their mom Diane, their aunt Joanne, and Louie’s wife, Robin. They offer a full lineup of Italian sandwiches made with top-quality meats and cheeses; homemade breads, Italian cookies and pastries, and pies; prepared foods including lasagna, meatballs, and chicken parmesan; and a huge variety of sliced-to-order charcuterie and antipasti. All sandwiches are served on warm, crusty ciabatta rolls drizzled with olive oil; whatever you do, don’t try to order yours with lettuce, onion, mustard, or mayo, because they’re not available.

Source: Courtesy of V&S Italian Deli

> Deli: V&S Italian Deli
> Location: Boca Raton

Since 1985, V&S (short for Vinny and Sal) has been Boca’s destination for all things Italian, including homemade Italian sausage and mozzarella made fresh throughout the day. You can customize your own cold sub or opt for their V&S Special (with sopressata, mortadella, and provolone), and standout hot sandwiches include porchetta provolone and broccoli rabe and a spin on meatball parm with American cheese, hot cherry peppers, and red onions. A wide variety of Italian entrees are available to-go, and be sure to pick up some cannoli or homemade Italian cheesecake on the way out.

Source: Courtesy of Reuben's Deli

> Deli: Reuben’s Deli
> Location: Atlanta

This New York-style deli in the heart of Atlanta is renowned for its sandwiches; in fact, they offer more than 100 varieties. The brainchild of owner Claudio Furguiele, Reuben’s starts their sandwiches with bread that’s baked fresh daily, and meats are provided by Boar’s Head and Thumann’s and sliced to order. Standout sandwiches include the Jack Stack (with jerk and blackened turkey, pork sausage, bacon, provolone, pepper Jack, and spicy mayo), the Classic (roast beef, corned beef, turkey, slaw, and Thousand Island dressing), and, of course, a classic Reuben.

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