Best of Boston

1978 Best Delicatessen

B & D Deli

Avoid the sprawling pseudo-Semitic emporia and head for this modest lunch counter. It has homemade cheese blintzes, noodle pudding, potato pancakes, delicious specials—brisket, kishke, corned beef, stuffed cabbage, and beef stew—and the sweetest-tempered countermen in six states.

1653B Beacon St., Brookline,