There are 490 delis in Chicago. Feeling overwhelmed? MostBest knows the Top 3.
Making a stop at the deli is a surefire way to turn a bad day into a great one. Whether you’re just grabbing a sandwich or you’re looking for delicacies you’ll find nowhere else, you’ll love these spots.
You won’t be able to resist going inside Pastoral, with its luscious scent of fresh artisan cheese and warm crusty bread wafting out of the store and into the street. The sandwiches are enormous, stuffed full, and always have just the right amount of dressing. Pastoral also offers an impressive wine and cheese selection with sommeliers and cheese connoisseurs on staff with recommendations.
Whether you go for the sandwiches, the wine, or both, you’ll leave feeling like you were transported to Europe.
We Love Their: Friction Smoked Scottish Salmon Sandwich
PUBLICAN QUALITY MEATS
Publican Quality Meats (PQM) is much more than a butcher shop—it also happens to sell some of the most incredible sandwiches in the Chicago area. They source all of their meats locally and carefully, then age and cure them in their basement kitchen. On top of that, they bake their bread fresh daily.
People come to this shop multiple times a week because the menu is constantly rotating—you don’t want to miss out on any of their hearty options.
We Love Their: Charcuterie, Gyro
Just a few years ago, J.P. Graziano’s was a small grocery store that sold imported Italian delicacies. Then Jim, the owner, decided to try his hand at sandwiches—and boy are we glad he did! They offer meats, cheeses, and veggies to your heart’s content, all incredibly fresh and balanced perfectly.
The attention to detail they put into every sandwich is absolutely incredible, and you have to finish off your meal with a freshly filled Cannoli.
We Love Their: The Italian, Mr. G, Cannoli