Metro Milwaukee Dining Guide
4156 N. Oakland Ave.
Best known for their hot corned beef sandwich, this Shorewood mainstay has been serving up traditional deli fare for nearly 40 years. Whether it’s omelets or lox, a Reuben or a salmon salad, a fish fry or a beef brisket dinner that gets you salivating, Benji’s has it down. (C.G.) $-$$. CC: MC, VS, DS. 332-7777
1634 W. North Ave.
Jake’s has been slow cooking its corned beef since the 1930s. The carved wooden booths pay homage to Depression-era Milwaukee, when a hot sandwich on rye bread did its part to lift morale. Today, Jake’s continues the tradition, hand carving more 600 pounds of meat each day. Chicken matzo-ball soup and cabbage borscht remain standouts, even nearly 70 years later. Expect long lines at lunch hour. (J.D.) $. CC: not accepted. Handicap access. 562-1272
Milwaukee Waterfront Deli
761 N. Water St.
It’s the only deli in the city featuring a separate elevator for your sandwich. Dine in the upstairs opera-themed ballroom and wait for your lunch to arrive in a tailored, metal basket via a vertical conveyor belt. Downstairs, the counter is bustling with the downtown office set who are ready to grab ’n’ go for lunch back at their desks. The chicken salad and tomato tortellini soups are must tries at this busy lunching destination. (J.D.) $. CC: All major. OD. Handicap access. 220-9300