Jake’s Deli

img_4706A good corned beef sandwich is hard to find, so I had to check out Jake’s Deli in Milwaukee when a foodie tipster told me about the place. First off, I love the history of the deli, which has been in the same location on North Avenue and 17th Street since the 1930s. It’s just as no-frills as it was when it first opened, complete with wooden booths (with defunct buzzers once used to summon servers), a great neon sign, a Berkel bread slicer, and a slew of guys behind the counter seasoning corned beef with paprika before hand-slicing it to order for each sandwich (which is the secret to killer corned beef). The house matzo ball soup is fantastic and the corned beef is super-tender, buttery and moist, with the paprika adding just the right kick. Fresh-sliced bread from Milwaukee-based Miller bakery is perfectly soft and doesn’t get soggy from the meat and spicy mustard. It took a good 20 minutes to place our order, as the place stays busy from open to close, complete with a line before they open around 10AM, but it’s worth the drive up from Chicago for a slice of Brewtown history, a damn good corned beef sandwich and did I mention the true sign of a great deli? House-made pickles. 1634 W. North Ave., 414.562.1272

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The neon sign above the bustling deli counter


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Extra-lean corned beef on rye

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3 responses to “Jake’s Deli

  1. Toby

    Ohh . . . that does look good. I totally should have gone with you guys. Next time I’m Jonesin’ for a corned beef sandwich, I’ll know where to go. Great post!!!

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  3. KAREN HILL

    VERY UNHAPPY WITH THE QUALITY OF THE FOOD IN THE LAST FOUR WEEKS. MAYBE MR. MILLER SHOULD STAY IN THE KITCHEN, AND LET THE PRO’S (WORKER’S) DO THEIR JOBS.
    THE MEAT IS SLICED TOO THIN. I DON’T CARE ABOUT THE COST, JUST THE QUALITY.

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