Manny’s – South Loop, Chicago

My first ever corned beef and pastrami omelet

Review By: Stefanie Parks –

I know this might be hard to believe, but in all the time I lived in Chicago, I never tried Manny’s. Well, maybe it’s not hard for you to believe, but it certainly was hard for Dave to believe. The second I told him I’d never been, he told me I had to put it on the top of my Chicago wish-list. So, when we were deciding where to have brunch with my parents before they left Chicago, it was really a no-brainer.

We got to Manny’s at around 9:30am, so when I say brunch, I guess I really mean breakfast. We walked into the cafeteria-style deli and even though they hadn’t put all the meat out yet, we knew that they had to have brisket ready and we knew that we wanted it. Deciding what else to get was the hard part. We were debating between a matzoh-ball soup and an omelet, but since this technically was breakfast, the omelet won… Especially because there was an omelet on the menu with corned beef and pastrami in it.

I can’t say that I’ve ever had deli meat in my omelet, but when the deli meat is from Manny’s it just has to be good. In addition to the corned beef and pastrami, we added broccoli and cheddar cheese to our omelet, picked up a Diet Dr. Browns Black Cherry, and headed to a table to wait for our food.

Obviously, I had to try the brisket sandwich first. We’ve had a lot of brisket sandwiches at a lot of different places during our time in NY and this one was just as good, or better, as any of the other’s we’ve tried. The brisket was very soft, tender, and had the best flavor. And, we ordered it on a bun, which turned out to be a great decision.

I didn’t know if I’d like the deli meat in our omelet, but I loved it! The corned beef and pastrami were both great and added such good flavor. I might have to start putting deli meat in my omelets more often.

Well, now I can see why Dave was so adamant about me trying Manny’s. Next time though, I think I’ll go back for lunch or dinner, rather than breakfast s that I can order two of their amazing sandwiches!