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BEST Deli

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
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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»

1998 BEST Deli, Kosher

Rubin’s

Brookline

There’s a reason places like the Harvard Club and the Four Seasons Hotel send out to Rubin’s when their guests want kosher meals. This is homemade food the way your bubbie used to make it. Sure, the prices are a… read more»

1990 BEST Deli, Italian

Salumeria Italiana

Boston

If you really know sopresata, Taleggio, pancetta, and pecorino, then you probably know the Salumeria in the North End. If you don’t know the Salumeria, then you probably don’t know the best sopresata, Taleggio, pancetta, and pecorino. read more»

1983 BEST Deli

Berezka Food Store

Brighton

The city’s first Russian deli (as far as we know). Terrific food, friendly people. Very unusual. read more»

1982 BEST Deli

Rubin’s Kosher Delicatessen

Brookline

The best—and perhaps only—handcut pastrami in town. read more»

1981 BEST Deli

Rubin’s Kosher Delicatessen

Brookline

Where else for pastrami? And to our way of thinking, when you’ve found the pastrami, you’ve found the best deli. read more»