Manny’s Coffee Shop & Deli

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Photograph: Michael Jarecki
South Loop

Chicago’s most quintessential restaurant isn’t a steakhouse or a laboratory-like kitchen putting out cutting-edge cuisine. It’s a cafeteria. Decide what you want before you get in line at this 70-year-old institution. You’ll pass plates of Jell-O and chicken salad, but this line moves too quickly to decide on the spot. Our advice? Grab one of the oversized corned beef or pastrami sandwiches, a potato pancake on the side and a packet of Tums for dessert.

Venue name: Manny’s Coffee Shop & Deli
Address: 1141 S Jefferson St

Cross street: between Grenshaw St and Roosevelt Rd
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 6am–8pm (closed Sun)
Transport: El stop: Blue to Clinton. Bus: 8, 12, 18, 62, 157.
Price: Average main course: $10
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