Special Report

The Best Deli in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Porubsky's Deli and Tavern

Kansas
> Deli: Porubsky’s
> Location: Topeka

A little, old-fashioned sandwich shop and grocery, C.W. Porbusky first opened its doors in Topeka in 1947 and hasn’t changed much since then. Food is only served from 11 to 2, and local railroad workers are among the most loyal customers. Sandwiches are simple but well-made and inexpensive, if slightly archaic (the usual deli meat options are joined by pickle loaf, head cheese, and ham & cheese loaf). Grab a sandwich, stock up on their famous horseradish pickles, pimento cheese spread if it’s available, and chili if it’s in season, and enjoy it all with a beer at the attached tavern.

Source: Courtesy of Stevens & Stevens Deli

Kentucky
> Deli: Stevens & Stevens
> Location: Louisville

A roomy, comfortable New York-style deli in business for more than 30 years, Stevens & Stevens offers a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, and homemade desserts. As far as sandwiches go, you can’t go wrong with corned beef or pastrami on rye (named the Henny Youngman and the Woody Allen, respectively), hot ham and Swiss, BLT, or the signature Yellow Submarine (hot salami, pepperoni, turkey, pastrami, ham, and provolone with Italian dressing on a French roll). Order a side of pasta salad (bowties with sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese, almonds, basil, and balsamic dressing) and banana cake with butter toffee and brown butter frosting for dessert.

Louisiana
> Deli: Fertitta’s Delicatessen
> Location: Shreveport

Founded by John and Mary Fulco in 1927 and today run by their granddaughter Agatha Fertitta-McCall, Fertitta’s is Shreveport’s oldest continuously family-run business and its best sandwich shop. Agatha is just as much of a community fixture as her restaurant, whose claim to fame is the Muffy, her spin on New Orleans’ iconic muffuletta sandwich. This version is made with cotto salami, Danish spiced ham, sliced mozzarella, mustard, and chopped olive salad, and it’s served hot. It may not be as famous as the one served at New Orleans’ Central Grocery (the muffuletta’s birthplace), but it’s certainly delicious.

Source: Courtesy of Morgan T. via Yelp

Maine
> Deli: Rose Foods
> Location: Portland

A cute, quaint shop in cute, quaint Portland, Rose Foods bakes its own bagels fresh in-house daily and serves them with a variety of toppings. Take your pick from spreads (including olive, herb, horseradish, lox, or vegan cream cheeses), fish (including lox, whitefish salad, and salmon roe), and add-ons including onion, cucumber, and avocado; or buy it all by the pound. Be sure to stop in on Fridays, when fresh chocolate chip cookies are also offered.

Source: Courtesy of Attman's Delicatessen

Maryland
> Deli: Attman’s Deli
> Location: Baltimore

An authentic Jewish deli on Baltimore’s “Corned Beef Row” since 1915, Attman’s is a true icon of the city and one of the oldest continually-operating restaurants in America. Founded by Harry Attman and today run by his grandson Marc, Attman’s still serves corned beef and pastrami made just as they were more than 100 years ago, as well as a huge variety of combination sandwiches and Jewish deli staples like beef hot dogs, matzo ball soup, Reubens, knishes, and cheesecake. It’s also one of the best places in town to try coddies, a Baltimore regional specialty of a cod cake on a cracker with mustard.

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