For over a century, people of Indianapolis have never (and I suspect I will never) set foot in Indianapolis without going to Shapiro's for a corned beef sandwich. The giant deli is over a century old and deserves a mention in any discussion debating the nation's best.
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Attman's, located in Baltimore's Corned Beef Row, bills itself as a real Lower East Side-style New York Jewish delicatessen. The atmosphere and attitude are spot on. The service is gruff and fast-paced—you'd better know what you want before you start talking to the deli man. After I ordered my corned beef on rye, I jumped in with a last-minute decision: "I'll have a hot dog too, please."
As Good Stuff Eatery fans, we were curious about Spike Mendelsohn's recently launched kosher deli food truck, Sixth and Rye. Considering the dearth of Jewish delis in D.C. and the delicious-sounding menu, it was no surprise that Sixth and Rye opened to 30-minute lines when it first hit the streets. After patiently waiting, we ordered the corned beef sandwich, challah loaf, black and white cookie, pickles, cous cous salad, and seltzer lemonade.
Where do Bostonians go for great corned beef on rye? This one goes downtown to Sam La Grassa's to indulge in a huge pile of their "Fresh from the Pot" corned beef. They describe it simply as, "corned beef soaked in brine then boiled." One bite and you know the meat is boiled in a well-seasoned stock.
Once upon a time, every borough of New York must have had an awful lot more places like Liebman's Deli, up in Riverdale in the Bronx. It can't have changed much since it opened in 1953, and it's probably fair to say that it's clientele hasn't changed much either.