News – “Top Delis in Philly’s suburbs​”

philly.com – The House Cured Corned Beef Reuben from The Avenue Delicatessen shown on one of the historic Lansdowne photos that decorate the interior. (CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer)

AVENUE DELI 
27 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne, 610-622-3354, visit website 
Price: $
This Jewish-Italian deli mash-up is more than just a fun concept that fuses a Reuben into an arancini. It strikes an ambitious spark for a new generation of scratch-cooking delis whose best flavors are made in-house, with house-cured corned beef and smoked turkey, moist Jewish apple cake and hearty breakfasts. A recent visit showed fewer Italian-fusion flavors, but still a focus on homey creativity, including a pastrami spice-roasted chicken sandwich and a lovely tomato-goat cheese tart that struck the perfect tone of casual comfort for brunch after visiting Lansdowne’s lively farmers market.Hopefully it remains steady despite a arecent change of ownership.
BEN & IRV’S
1962 County Line Rd., Huntingdon Valley, 215-355-2000, visit website 
Price: $-$$
It’s hard to argue with the long lines that queue up on weekends, brush up on their Yiddish from the wall posters (don’t eat like a “Chazar!”), and linger over a feast of smoked fish and well-schmeared bagels. I was less impressed by the Reuben, a sloppily built open-face mess. But the matzo ball soup? Oy! With golden beads of chicken fat glistening atop its natural broth and a matzo ball that was the perfect balance of firmness and fluff, it is easily one of my favorites.

Yes yes yes, every contributor for Just Grubbin loves a good deli. So a list like this always get us excited.

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