Eleven City Diner

Restaurants , Diners South Loop
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Eleven City Diner

Owner Brad Rubin scoured the country to research this Jewish deli/diner. His pastrami is tender, fatty and full of flavor; the milkshakes are thick and oversized; matzo balls are enormous; and the brisket is good enough that any grandmother would want to claim it, Jewish or not. Does it hold a candle to other Jewish spots in the country? It’s hard to say. But Rubin definitely holds his own as the host, giving this place enough character to become a fixture in its own right.

Venue name: Eleven City Diner
Address: 1112 S Wabash Ave
Cross street: between 11th St and Roosevelt Rd
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 8am-9:30pm; Fri 8am-10:30pm; Sat 8:30am-10:30pm; Sun 8:30am-9pm
Transport: El stop: Green, Orange, Red to Roosevelt. Bus: 1, 3, 4, 12.
Price: Average main course: $13
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