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Katz's Delicatessan
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Here’s how to get the most iconic dishes in the country delivered to your door

Who needs to live in New York City to get Katz’s anymore?

By Stephanie Breijo

Maybe you've already ordered from every restaurant in your neighborhood four times this week or you're feeling a little homesick for a city on the other side of the country, or maybe—just maybe—you're just dying to try that one sandwich from a restaurant in a city you've never been to. Whatever the case, some of the best delis, cafés, sandwich shops, barbecue joints, bakeries and butchers deliver out of state, bringing some of the most iconic dishes in the country (and the world) to your doorstep. Whether you're ordering from a national shipping company or straight from the source, here's how to get some of the country's most iconic eats in your own home.

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New York City

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson; Regular pie
Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

Di Fara Pizza

Restaurants Pizza Midwood

It's impossible for New Yorkers to agree on the best slice, but Di Fara is—as far as New York's pizza wars go—universally loved. Its classic New York-meets-Neapolitan–style pies and thick, crunchy-crusted Sicilian-style slices get served out of an unpretentious corner spot that's been in business since '65 and still keeps the crowds coming. Italian expat Domenico De Marco turns out robust pies with dough that's made fresh several times a day and plenty of imported ingredients, and the lines for his pizza are legendary—of course, you can order it straight to your house and skip the wait entirely. Goldbelly now sells Di Fara pizzas in both Sicilian and Neapolitan varieties, and if you really can't decide, there's even a combo pack.

Katz's Delicatessan
Photograph: Noah Fecks

Katz’s Delicatessen

Restaurants Delis Lower East Side

With meat cured as long as 30 days and sandwiches stacked so high you can't fit your mouth around them, Katz's is New York's undisputed pastrami king. The cafeteria-style deli is a global destination, but if you're not anywhere near the Lower East Side, you can still get a taste of the family-run joint thanks to local delivery and national shipping directly through the deli's website. Reuben sandwich kits; pastrami by the pound; a babka-complete, three-course dinner; matzo ball soup; New York bagels; knishes; pickles; and loaves of rye can all be yours. Can't decide? There's even a seasonal subscription box. May your fridge never run dry of Katz's.

Junior's cheesecake
Photograph: Courtesy Junior's Restaurant

Junior’s Restaurant

Restaurants American Park Slope

Arguably the most famous cheesecake in the world, Junior's is dense yet somehow still fluffy, each massive slice a wedge that practically melts in your mouth without sacrificing its structure. The iconic cheesecakes can come topped with fruit, brownies, cake crumbles and more, and they're also a symbol of old-school New York: Founded in 1950, Junior's Restaurant became an orange-and-white icon in its own right, serving plenty of latkes, blintzes and other deli specialties for generations, in addition to the dessert. The move here is always the cheesecake, though, and through its own website you can order dozens of whole cakes nationwide in a rainbow of options. 

Shtetl at Russ & Daughters Cafe
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Russ & Daughters

Shopping Specialist food and drink Lower East Side

Abandon all willpower, ye who enter here: Between the smoked fish, the caviar, the bagels, the schmears, the babkas, the hamantaschen and the latkes, it's impossible not to order the whole menu at Russ & Daughters. The restaurant and specialty-foods purveyor has been a favorite and an innovator since 1914, and even if you're just stopping in for some lox, chances are you'll walk out with a tote or the Super Heebster, an iconic bagel sandwich of horseradish cream cheese, wasabi-flavored roe and a perfect whitefish salad. Thankfully, when the craving hits, you can order it all for delivery, whether you want à la carte items or full-on party packs. Just head to Goldbelly and you'll find Russ & Daughters with Heebster kits, individual babkas, "New York brunch" boxes, caviar tins, blini and more.

Photograph: Courtesy Veselka


Restaurants Contemporary European East Village

Name a more beloved pierogi destination in the U.S. We'll wait. The East Village's famous Ukranian diner is undeniably one of the nation's top restaurants for Eastern European fare, churning out hundreds of thousands of pierogi over the decades, not to mention bowls of earthy, herbaceous borscht, meaty grilled links of sausages and paper-thin blintzes since 1954. Thankfully, you no longer need a flight to NYC to partake: Thanks to Goldbelly, Veselka ships its iconic pierogi, borscht, stroganoff and more, mostly in party packs. The pierogi get made to order and then frozen before shipping, so you can stock your freezer and never worry about pierogi shortages again.

Los Angeles

Photograph: Courtesy Langer's Deli

Langer’s Deli

Restaurants Delis Westlake

Whether you think the best pastrami comes out of NYC or L.A., it's hard to deny: Langer's is one of the all-time greats. The classic Jewish deli and James Beard Award-winning spot makes some of the most succulent pastrami in the country and has since 1947, especially with its #19 sandwich, which stacks pastrami, slaw, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing on rye. You can find Langer's on Goldbelly with sandwich kits for both pastrami and corned beef, and of course a special kit to build the #19 at home.

French dip sandwiches at Philippe the Original
Photograph: Stephanie Breijo

Philippe the Original

Restaurants Sandwich shops Chinatown

Who invented the French dip, Cole's or Philippe's? It's one of the West Coast's most heated food origin stories, and while we can't settle it, we can tell you this: Philippe's is the most old-school and a true L.A. icon, dipping its French rolls into fresh jus and scooping up beef, lamb, pastrami, turkey, roast pork or ham to make one of the best sandwiches in town. Now you can get a taste of this history no matter your location: Goldbelly sells a six-pack of the classic roast beef French dip, complete with sides of potato salad, kosher pickle spears, beet-pickled eggs, and some jus for dipping. (Charming and old-timey sawdust floor not included.)

Porto's potato balls
Photograph: Courtesy Porto's


Restaurants Sandwich shops Burbank

This phenomenal cake business launched modestly in the Echo Park of the 1980s, but now it's synonymous with Cuban food all over Los Angeles. It's impossible to go wrong with any pastries at Porto's (but if you don't order at least a few of those lightly fried potato balls—which hide a center of flavorful ground beef—you'll be doing your taste buds wrong) and fortunately, Porto's own website features a "Bake at Home" section with a variety of favorites. The delivery program allows you to stock up on potato balls, cheese rolls, empanadas, cookies, and guava-and-cheese strudels, so you can always keep some on hand in the freezer. 

Sqirl jam
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman


Restaurants Cafés Virgil Village

If you want L.A. on a plate, here's where to find it. Jessica Koslow's bright, seasonal and influential Sqirl just launched nationwide shipping through its own online store, which means those artful jams can be yours for the iconic ricotta toast, now at home. Koslow started Sqirl as a preserves company before growing it into to one of L.A.'s most recognizable restaurants, so we recommend the jars of jam, available à la carte, as box set or as delivery memberships, but it couldn't hurt to stock up on Sqirl's signature brown rice, some cute totes or granola, either.


Lou Malnati's deep dish pizza
Photograph: Martha Williams

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria

Restaurants Pizza River North

Though it's everywhere, the big deep-dish game in town falls to two famous pizza makers: You're either on team Giordano’s or team Lou Malnati’s. And though we love the occasional Giordano's, Lou Malnati’s deep-dish is the platonic ideal of the iconic Chicago-style pie. Nearly 50 years in and the husband-and-wife duo of Lou and Jean Malnati still turn out made-from-scratch pizzas with a buttery, perfect crust and an essential "backwards" technique of layering ingredients: thick, fluffy dough gets topped with mozzarella, then sausage and other goods, then fresh tomato sauce, then tomatoes and more cheese. Through Tastes of Chicago, Malnati's ships whole, ready-to-bake deep-dish pizzas, plus its vinaigrette, heart-shaped cookies, and even a deep-dish pan and branded serving spatula for perfect slice pulls at home.

Vienna Beef Chicago dog kit
Photograph: Courtesy Vienna Beef

Vienna Beef

Things to do Bucktown

You want a dog with some snap? The crucial ingredient to the Chicago-style hot dog—and arguably the maker of the best beef franks known to man—doesn't just sell hot dogs in your grocery store: Vienna Beef's online store ships dozens of products, including whole packages devoted to the crispy, salty, meaty, pickle-topped Chicago dog, complete with relish, celery salt, poppy seed buns and more. It sells kits for Italian beef sandwiches. It sells jars of Chicago-style relish. It sells boxes of bagel dogs. It sells giardiniera. It sells soft salami. It sells Polish sausages. Listen, you want Chicago meat? Now you know where to find it.


Joe's Stone Crab, Restaurants and cafes, Miami
Photograph: Alys Tomlinson

Joe’s Stone Crab

Restaurants American South of Fifth

When you hear "South Florida seafood," you probably think Joe's Stone Crab—and if you don't, it's time to get acquainted. This 100-plus–year institution serves platters of crab, oysters, coconut shrimp and more, not to mention plenty of steakhouse classics, with much of the seafood caught off the Florida Keys. Lines to dine in can stretch on forever, but if you're ordering for delivery, all you'll need to do is place your order via the restaurant's shipping page, choosing between à la carte stone crab claws, lobster dinners, crab cakes, whole Key lime pies, a classics-oriented package or some combination thereof—and you'd better believe the famous Joe's mustard sauce is included with almost every dish.

Vicky Bakery pastelito
Photograph: Courtesy Vicky Bakery

Vicky Bakery

Restaurants Bakeries West Little Havana

Miami’s ubiquitous pastelitos are on the move: Vicky Bakery's Cuban pastries—a staple since 1972—can now be enjoyed far beyond South Florida. Shipped frozen and ready to bake, each order contains one dozen of the flaky, buttery pastries made with the bakery chain's original family recipe, plus the parchment paper you'll need to bake them at home. Simply hop on Vicky's own online shop and choose from the cheese variety, the guava option, the cheese-and-guava pastries, or the combo box of all three. 


Di Bruno Bros. cheese delivery
Photograph: Courtesy Di Bruno Bros.

Di Bruno Bros.

Shopping Specialist food and drink Greater Philadelphia

Dubbed "The House of Cheese" and brimming with hanging salami, wheels of provolone and anything else you could want from an Italian deli, Di Bruno Bros. is a Philly institution. Their cold case is full of antipasti, the shelves are stocked with pastas, olive oils and bottled sauces—many of which are house label—and the cheese selection is otherworldly. Thankfully the house that cheese built ships nationwide through its own website, so you can get fresh burrata, Abbruzze cheese spread, smoked mozzarella, olives, cured meats, a hoagie kit, tins of fresh Italian cookies, spiced pears, pestos, caviar and more straight to your door. 

Pat's King of Steaks cheesesteak
Photograph: Courtesy Pat's King of Steaks

Pat’s King of Steaks

Restaurants Sandwich shops Bella Vista

When it comes to beef dripping with cheese sauce, one city rises above the rest. In Philadelphia, Pat's vs. Geno's is the ultimate rivalry, but only one of these legendary restaurants offers nationwide shipping for Philly cheesesteak bliss. Pat's King of Steaks, founded in 1930, is credited with creating the sandwich and throwing sliced beef on the flat-top with some onions and whiz. Via Goldbelly you can get packs of Pat's cheesesteaks sent to you, with your choice of "wit" or "wit-out" onions, and with your choice of cheese: whiz, provolone or American.

San Francisco

Fisherman's Wharf
Photograph: Hans Kwiotek

Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Café

Restaurants Bistros Fisherman's Wharf

When it comes to Bay Area bakeries—or restaurants, period—none are more iconic than Boudin Bakery. The name is synonymous with sourdough at this point, and its loaves still get made with the same starter its bakers have been using since 1849. Even the thought of rich clam chowder filling a hollowed-out sourdough bowl conjures foggy days at Fisherman's Wharf, and you can bring a taste of the Bay to you own home even if you're nowhere near fog (or water, for that matter). Boudin's own website sells sourdough bread samplers; loaves shaped into crabs and turtles; classic boules; seasonal specials; bread bowls; and baguettes—not to mention cans of its chowders, jars of local mustards, blocks of California cheese, and monthly subscription services.

Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop
Photograph: Alyssa Pereira

Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop

Restaurants Ice cream parlors Fisherman's Wharf

Sure, those chocolate squares are a commodity all over the world, but if you really want a taste of a Ghirardelli chocolate shop—where the scent of creamy milk chocolate coats the air and old-timey sundaes come served in tall soda-shop glasses—you can recreate it in your own home with a few clicks. The 1864-founded, iconic SF temple to chocolate sells plenty of wares through its online shop that extend far beyond the usual wrapped squares (though they've got plenty of those, too): You can order double chocolate hot cocoa, frozen hot chocolate kits, hot fudge topping, baking chips of every variety, dark chocolate chip cookie box mixes, ground white chocolate powder, ready-to-bake brownies and beyond. 

New Orleans

Cafe Du Monde coffee
Photograph: Courtesy Cafe Du Monde

Café Du Monde

Restaurants Coffee shops Vieux Carre

There's something transportive about a cup of Café Du Monde chicory coffee, a sip that reminds us of slow mornings and late nights in New Orleans—that, and fingertips covered in powdered sugar. You can take that figurative trip thanks to the iconic café's online shop, which boasts some of the same goods Café Du Monde has been offering since 1862. The French Market coffee stand ships cans of its chicory coffee, as well as its French roast, plus coffee pods for home machines and even coffee subscription services. Of course it wouldn't be the full Café Du Monde experience without its signature beignets—pillowy, fluffy and dusted with powdered sugar—which can be made fresh at home with box mixes. 

Central Grocery muffulettas
Photograph: Courtesy Goldbelly

Central Grocery

Restaurants Delis Vieux Carre

There are deli sandwiches, and then there's the muffuletta: The stack of cold cuts, olive salad and cheese on a sesame loaf is undeniably one of the most incredible sandwiches ever invented, and its birthplace is still standing. The French Quarter's Central Grocery—an Italian-American sandwich shop and market that tourists and locals stick flock to after more than 100 years—now sells its signature muffuletta via Goldbelly. You can buy them in packs, and if you're as partial to their olive salad as we are, you can also buy the jars à la carte.


Kreuz Market BBQ
Photograph: Courtesy Kreuz Market

Kreuz Market

Restaurants Barbecue

Sitting just south of Austin, Kreuz Market is a temple to smoked meat that's been keeping Texans satisfied since 1901. The Lockhart institution serves hearty slabs of prime rib, brisket, large sausage links, gargantuan chops and ribs smoked in brick pits. Kreuz uses oak wood, which burns at a more leisurely rate than popular mesquite, and gives the meat time to mature in flavor and tenderness. You can taste the difference, and you can taste it through Kreuz's online store, which ships à la carte meats, smoked or dried sausages, and dinner packages nationwide. 

Rudy's "Country Store" and Bar-B-Q
Photograph: Courtesy Rudy's "Country Store" and Bar-B-Q

Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q

Restaurants Barbecue Great Hills

Rudy's was founded just outside of San Antonio, but don't let that fool you: With five locations in the Austin area, it's a downright BBQ staple. It's also some of the best BBQ that ships outside of Texas, bringing you that slow-smoked meat you can't find in most of the country—don't believe us? Sample it yourself via the Rudy's online store, which sells whole turkey breasts, whole briskets, jalapeño sausages, St. Louis-style ribs and sides, not to mention bottles of its signature BBQ sauces and rubs.


Olympia Provisions
Photograph: Courtesy Olympia Provisions

Olympia Provisions

Restaurants Contemporary European East Portland

You know the phrase: Everything Old World is new again (or something), and no one does Old World charcuterie like Olympia Provisions. Portland's iconic salumeria takes a page from European-style charcuetie programs to make some of America's most artful pâtês and cured meats with local flair. You might've tasted a charcuterie board at the restaurants or spotted popular butcher-paper–wrapped varieties at the grocery store (just thinking about the Greek-style loukanika has us salivating), but when you order from Olympia Provisions's online shop, you'll find much more to drool over: They ship individual salami, sausages, pâtés, a range of sampler boxes, charcuterie baskets, jars of their pickled goods, and even subscription services so the meat and pickles never have to end.


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