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BEST Deli

2017 BEST Deli

Mamaleh’s

Cambridge

We’d love to tell you how tasty the hot house-smoked pastrami and creamy blintzes are at Mamaleh’s, but oy vey, we’re stuffed like a kishka and can barely finish writing this. For years the area has been short on real-deal… read more»

2016 BEST Deli

Moody’s Delicatessen

Waltham

At Moody’s, even the bologna sandwiches are on another level. That’s because owner Joshua Smith crafts everything in house—salumi and sausages, sure, but also the pickled peppers, pimiento cheese, and swipe of herb mayo on your Pullman loaf. And this… read more»

2015 BEST Deli

Sam LaGrassa’s

Boston

If the line seems daunting at lunchtime, don’t worry—it’ll be just minutes until you reach the front, where the warm, sliced-to-order corned beef, pastrami, and roast beef will be piled high and slid across the counter, likely by Sam LaGrassa… read more»

2014 BEST Deli

Moody’s Delicatessen & Provisions

Waltham

To be clear, the word ” delicatessen” in Moody’s moniker is not meant to imply eats of the kosher Jewish variety (though after a bite of the piled-high pastrami sandwich or peppery corned-beef version, you may be convinced otherwise). No,… read more»

2013 BEST Deli

Michael’s Deli

Brookline

Sure, it’s a bit dingy on the inside. And yes, we find it strange that the specialty sandwiches are named after conservative talk-radio hosts. But corned beef does not compete in a beauty pageant, and pastrami does not have politics…. read more»

2012 BEST Deli

Rubin’s Kosher Restaurant Delicatessen

Brookline

Sadly, the deli is seriously endangered in this country. Thankfully here in Boston, or in Brookline anyway, at least one shining outpost exists, an homage to a time when eating a sandwich piled high with corned beef, pastrami, coleslaw, and… read more»

2011 BEST Deli

Rubin’s Kosher Restaurant Delicatessen

Brookline

Sure, the sandwiches are just as good at Michael’s Deli, located half a mile down Harvard Street, but what sets Rubin’s apart is the atmosphere. Step inside, eavesdrop on the old frummers a booth over, and chomp into a half-sour… read more»

2010 BEST Deli

Michael’s Deli

Brookline

If you’re looking for deli atmosphere, head to Rubin’s—it’s like a time machine, taking you back to an era when the term ‘hot tongue’ had nothing to do with Lady Gaga. But for pure beefy deliciousness smushed between slices of… read more»

2008 BEST Deli

Rubin’s Kosher Restaurant Delicatessen

Brookline

Yarmulke-bedecked customers attest to the kosher bona fides at this Brookline mainstay, where the takeout case is long and complete, the sandwiches are overstuffed with choice cuts, and the pickles—well, Rubin’s knows from pickles, offered free in the tightly packed… read more»

1999 BEST Deli, Jewish

Zaftigs

Brookline

This isn’t the place to start a diet, unless you’re on a strict regimen of noodle kugel, knishes, and chopped liver. The fresh cheese blintzes and potato pancakes are to die for. And your Jewish mother will kvell over the… read more»