Philadelphia - Located at 700 S 4th St in Philadelphia 19147, is a 5-star traditional Jewish deli that does not disappoint. Owned by Rich Kaufman and Ken Keating, the portions are large, and the staff is friendly.
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Realtor Dana and I were at Josh Gibbon's BIA (Builder Industry Association) Happy Hour at Morgan's Pier, where we met some dynamic people. Always hungry for a tasty dinner, we headed out to one of Dana's favorite restaurants. I, Realtor Michelle Leonard, approve of Dana's restaurant choice. Do you think I've heard too many political ads lately?
Both of us have great memories of eating here with our families. It is the oldest deli in Pennsylvania. I loved Dana talking about eating here with her Dad and her bubbe. Famous 4th St Delicatessen's matzo ball soup is THE best matzo ball soup in the greater Philadelphia region, and there are some very good local matzo ball soup options. Famous 4th St Delicatessen's soup had a gigantic (larger than a Phillies baseball) yet fluffy matzo ball. The broth was also excellent. We also had very good cabbage soup. Lots of large tender strips of cabbage with some brisket.
We also had their pastrami, Reuben. There is so much meat in the sandwich you can't fit it all in your mouth. The sandwich came with AMAZING potato pancakes served with applesauce and sour cream. Once again, the pancakes served are THE best in our region. Fantastic. I shouldn't be surprised. After all, "famous" is in the name. We also had the brisket, which tasted like thin, sliced roast beef. Also delicious. There was so much meat Dana and Kevin will be eating it for days. Last but not least, Dana ordered us chocolate chip cookies. Yum. Soft and delicious - suffice it to say we ordered extra to take home.