Special Report

The Best Deli in Every State

Source: Courtesy of DG's Deli & Market

New Mexico
> Deli: DG’s Deli & Market
> Location: Albuquerque

DG’s Deli & Market has been an Albuquerque stand-by for expertly-made deli sandwiches, salads, and breakfast items since 1992. The funky restaurant has a 50s-inspired drive-in vibe, and is especially popular among UNM students and workers at local hospitals. All sandwiches are made-to-order with Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, and salads including potato, tuna, Cajun macaroni, and coleslaw are all made in-house. Party subs up to six feet long can be ordered in advance, and weekday breakfast burritos are especially popular.

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New York
> Deli: Katz’s Delicatessen
> Location: New York City

Jewish delis used to be dime a dozen on New York’s Lower East Side, but the historic immigrant neighborhood is all but bereft of them now. Thankfully, Katz’s Delicatessen has been going strong there since 1888, and very well might be the best, and most famous, Jewish deli in all of America. Guests are handed a ticket as they walk in (usually after queuing up outside) and head on up to the counter, where they place their order and watch as their iconic homemade hot pastrami, corned beef, brisket, turkey, garlicky knoblewurst, or tongue is hand-sliced by skilled countermen and piled high on rye; no adornment is necessary except perhaps for a schmear of mustard. Stellar soups, latkes, hot dogs, knishes, and steak fries round out the menu. Eating at Katz’s is a quintessential New York experience.

Source: Courtesy of Neal's Deli

North Carolina
> Deli: Neal’s Deli
> Location: Carrboro

Founded by Sheila Dalton and Matt Neal in downtown Carrboro in 2008, Neal’s puts a decidedly Southern spin on the classic deli concept. Chicken noodle soup, housemade pastrami sandwiches, Italian subs, and Thumann’s hot dogs are joined by Southern specialties including house-smoked duck and andouille gumbo, muffulettas, pimento cheese sandwiches, and some of the best biscuits in town. Hot dogs topped with cheddar and fried apples, roasted carrots, and turnips, and homemade cookies round out the truly eclectic menu.

Source: Courtesy of Country House Deli

North Dakota
> Deli: Country House Deli
> Location: Bismarck

At Bismarck’s insanely popular Country House Deli, they bake all their own bread, make all their soups (including their signature beer cheese soup) and deli salads from scratch, and use only the highest-quality available ingredients in their lineup of deli sandwiches. Founded in 1976, the place offers great build-your-own sandwiches as well as a full roster of specialty sandwiches including the Country House (summer sausage, salami, Colby cheese, Muenster cheese, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and house sauce) and the Atomic Sub (ham, pepperoni, salami, smoked turkey, pepper Jack, banana peppers, jalapeños, lettuce, tomato, Zing Sauce, spicy ranch, and chipotle honey sauce).

Source: Courtesy of Slyman's Deli

Ohio
> Deli: Slyman’s Deli
> Location: Cleveland

This locally legendary deli is a must-visit for anyone looking for a great Jewish deli nosh since 1964, Slyman’s is still family-owned, and still famous for its corned beef sandwiches. They’re absolutely towering, and one sandwich can easily feed four to five people. Corned beef is also available unadorned on rye, with Swiss, in a reuben, in hash, in an omelette, or as a $5 “shot” side dish, but you really can’t go wrong in whatever form you have it. Pastrami, roast beef, and turkey are also delicious, as are the burgers, hot dogs, and daily fresh-made tuna salad.

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