4156 N. Oakland Ave., 332-7777
8683 N. Port Washington Rd., 228-5130
When thinking of what to order at Benji's, corned beef and pastrami instantly come to mind. Then again, so do the homemade chicken soup and cabbage borscht. For hungry appetites there's nothing like the chicken in a pot, a large bowl with a half-chicken, matzoh balls, noodles and vegetables. Benji's has been in business for decades for a reason—quality. (J.B.) $-$$. CC. NA.
1634 W. North Ave.
A visit to Jake's is like stepping back to the 1920s with its ceiling fans, wooden booths and antique lighting fixtures. Behind the counter employees are hard at work making classic sandwiches. The menu is small, but the sandwiches are made to order. Try the corned beef, turkey pastrami or Reuben. (N.P.) $. CC. NA. Handicap access. 562-1272
Koppa's Fulbeli Deli
1940 N. Farwell Ave.
The centerpiece of this independently owned grocery store is its acclaimed Fulbeli Deli. Order at the counter from a menu of sandwiches from names taken from the solar system. Earth is bologna with American cheese; Uranus is shaved corned beef and Swiss, and on through the planets. (J.B.) $. CC. OD. 273-1273.
Milwaukee Waterfront Deli
761 N. Water St.
The outstanding restaurant offers sandwiches, salads, desserts and more. Try the cold Angus roast beef sandwich topped with caramelized onions, tomatoes and lettuce. After ordering, be sure to sit upstairs; the décor is opera themed and your food will be delivered via a conveyor belt. The whole experience will definitely leave you wanting to come back for more. (H.Y.) $. CC. OD. NA. Handicap access. 220-9300
143 W. Broadway, Waukesha
The Rochester Deli is a family business launched by chef Dan Strackbein, formerly of the Milwaukee Athletic Club. Brisk business expanded his takeout deli into a counter-service, sit-down operation. Sandwiches and salads are modestly priced but made with good ingredients. The soups and bakery are homemade. (D.L.) $. CC. OD. (262) 522-9611