Special Report

The Best Deli in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Sam LaGrassa's

Massachusetts
> Deli: Sam LaGrassa’s
> Location: Boston

A sandwich shop like few others, Sam LaGrassa’s has been a Boston must-visit since it first opened its doors in 1968. LaGrassa still runs the shop to this day, and he hasn’t compromised on quality one bit: breads are baked by local bakers to exacting specifications, meats are prepared in-house fresh daily, and all sauces and dressings are made from scratch. For a taste of what put them on the map, try anything with the house-made Rumanian pastrami (especially the Reuben), a Cuban made with herb-crusted roast pork and honey-glazed ham, a classic tuna melt, or the Loco Chicken (with a pan-fried chicken cutlet, pastrami, jack cheese, bacon, Bermuda onion, chipotle mayo, barbecue sauce, and hot cherry peppers on a round roll).

Michigan
> Deli: Zingerman’s
> Location: Ann Arbor

Zingerman’s is a certified culinary powerhouse in Ann Arbor. They own a full-service bakery, candy shop, coffee roastery, creamery, classic American roadhouse, and even a working farm, but it all got its start back in 1982 when Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig opened a deli in a historic building near the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. Visit today and you’ll have the opportunity to stock up on an absolutely massive variety of meats, cheeses, and pantry items as well as a truly mind-boggling array of deli sandwiches. We’ll save you the trouble of figuring out what to order: go for the Reuben, stacked with their famous Black Angus corned beef, Emmental Swiss cheese, artisan sauerkraut from The Brinery, and housemade Russian dressing on toasted hand-sliced rye from their own bakehouse.

Source: Courtesy of Dan B. via Yelp

Minnesota
> Deli: Cecil’s Delicatessen
> Location: St. Paul

Founded by Cecil & Faye Glickman in 1949 and today one of the last true Jewish delis in Minnesota, Cecil’s Delicatessen remains the gold standard for sandwiches and traditional Jewish fare in the Twin Cities. All of their soups, breads, and desserts are scratch-made in-house, and their array of classic deli sandwiches (as well as six varieties of Reubens) are joined by truly great burgers, hot dogs, pancakes for breakfast, and potato knishes. Be sure to try their famous root beer float.

Source: Courtesy of Lil' Market Deli & Bagelry

Mississippi
> Deli: Lil’ Market Deli & Bagelry
> Location: Ocean Springs

A great bagel, a stone’s throw from Biloxi Bay? You better believe it. Lil’ Market founder Oren Zweig spent months working on his bagel recipe after not being able to find a decent bagel in the area, and he hit the nail on the head. His bagels are hand-rolled and kettle-boiled the old-fashioned way, and come in styles ranging from classic (everything, poppy) to modern (jalapeño cheddar, cranberry pecan), and all cream cheeses and deli meats come from Boar’s Head. Along with bagel sandwiches (try the one with Taylor Ham, egg, and cheese for a true taste of New Jersey) and breakfast bowls, Zweig also serves a fine selection of deli sandwiches.

Missouri
> Deli: Gioia’s Deli
> Location: St. Louis

A stalwart in the Little Italy neighborhood known as The Hill since 1918, Gioia’s Deli was founded by Italian-born Charlie Gioia. It was named an American Classic by the James Beard Foundation in 2017. Its Italian sandwiches and thin-crust St. Louis-style pizzas are all worthy of renown in their own right, but its hot salami, a thick sausage inspired by Italy’s salam di testa, is what put it on the map. Made with a blend of pork, beef, and secret seasonings, it’s sliced and served hot on garlic bread, and is one of St. Louis’ most iconic bites.

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