My inclusion of Manny's was just to needle the people who constantly and loudly proclaim that it's a jewish cafeteria, not a deli. I think it's a perfectly fine category to put it in
I'm willing to concede that Manny's is a deli, since it labels itself one. I just don't think it holds its head up well against the iconic delis of my past, most of which are gone (e.g. Wolfie's/Miami) or fading (Canter's/LA), some of which still exist (Katz's/NY; Famous/Phila.). I would no more send anyone looking for a great deli to South Jefferson than I would send someone looking for a great German restaurant to the Berghoff. Heck, I can probably get a better smoked fish platter at the Bagel (and probably a better bagel, too, for that matter).
That being said, I still recommend the Berghoff (w/ qualifications) as a great Chicago institution worth a visit, and I agree wholeheartedly with the selection of Manny's as a GNR and mostly everything that was said in praise of it in the GNR thread. I just think that when you call it a "Jewish cafeteria" attaching the adjective "great" to it makes a lot more sense.
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