Schmaltz Reviews and Awards
WGN Radio Show Review
Bob Sirott and David Haynes on WGN Radio discuss the delicious sandwiches at Schmaltz Deli in Lisle. David Haynes visited and describes his delicious experience of ordering an Overstuffed Corned Beef Sandwich with Chopped Liver and a bowl of Matzo Ball Chicken Soup. Listen to his experience now.
Hidden Alongside A Suburban Highway,
This Old-School Deli Makes The Best Sandwiches In Illinois.
With so many incredible foods in Illinois, it’s hard to imagine why we would seek anything else out than what’s already in our backyard. But what if I told you that some of the best New York-style deli sandwiches could actually be found in the Land of Lincoln? In fact, customers say the best old-school deli sandwiches in Illinois are located right off the highway in suburban Lisle, about 30 minutes outside Chicago.
Open since 2004, for nearly 20 years the restaurant has been impressing, delighting, and feeding hungry passersby with seating options in the dining room or patio, plus a convenient drive-thru window. Stop by for a classic corned beef with Swiss on marbled rye…or grab a generous triple-decker with chicken salad. It’s gonna be a yes for me. Even vegans have options here with a bagel covered in carrot lox, vegan cream cheese, and onion. Any sandwich that comes with a side of juice for dipping is automatically a winner. Of course, classic deli sandwiches of all shapes and styles are celebrated here — including this meat-piled sub. This gorgeous sandwich must be acknowledged. If you love pastrami, roast beef, brisket, corned beef, tuna salad, egg salad, and lots of hefty breads, you are in for a major treat here. As with any legit deli, fresh, crunchy pickles are served on the side. How about something to get the day started? Breakfast sandwiches featuring all the deli meat favorites are available starting at 7 a.m.
So, do you think these are the best old-school deli sandwiches in Illinois? What’s your favorite order from Schmaltz’s? Is there another deli spot that’s a favorite for you? Tell us in the comments! Start planning your trip by visiting the Schmaltz Delicatessen website and the Schmaltz Delicatessen Facebook page. And while you’re in Lisle, make sure to check out the famed Morton Arboretum just on the other side of the highway!
Best of Naperville & Aurora Award 2023
Naperville Sun and Beacon News
May 06, 2023
Chicago Tribune Review of Best Corned Beef Sandwiches in Chicagoland.
The Wall Street at Schmaltz Deli
By Louisa Chu Chicago Tribune | Last Updated: Mar 14, 2023 at 2:04 pm
The Jewish-style deli named for golden chicken fat is not afraid to keep things fatty. It’s a simple, solid sandwich served with pickles and a side of endearingly irregular housemade bagel chips. The shop moved from Naperville to Lisle, the sole location now serving their regular half stuffed, over stuffed or 15th anniversary edition holdover 15 ounce stuffed corned beef sandwiches.
Readers’ Choice Dining Awards 2019
BEST SANDWICHES : Schmaltz Deli, 436 Votes
By Chicago Tribune Staff | Last Updated: Mar 06, 2019 at 6:45 am
We live in a time and place with an embarrassment of riches, if you count your bounty in sandwiches as I do. In another tough vote, Schmaltz Deli won big this year with J.P. Graziano, Steingold’s, Tempesta Market and Jibaritos y Mas all vying for the title. The Jewish-style deli, opened 15 years ago in Naperville by Culinary Institute of America graduate and former Four Seasons chef Howard Bender, is best known for its overstuffed sandwiches. Start with the Wall Street, a warm corned beef sandwich with mustard on seeded rye bread, plus half-sour pickles and bagel chips. If you’re feeling particularly peckish, add chopped liver too, while channeling your inner bubbe: “Just look at you! You’re skin and bones! Sit down and eat something!”
We’re proud to have been featured on America’s Best Restaurants
Schmaltz Deli Featured on TV.
We were recently featured on America’s Best Restaurants. Co-owner Mark Goodman and TV host Luis Rivera talkin about the deli business and sampled some of our sandwiches, and bakery items. Michael Goodman, co-owner in charge of operations, and host Luis Riviera talk about the deli being a family run business and our fresh in-house Bakery program. Luis sampled our Eclairs and Chocolate Blackout Cake. It also featured our Schmaltz Hot Dogs and talked about the move from Naperville to Lisle.
2019 BEST OF THE WEST
Schmaltz Deli – Best Deli/Sandwich Shop