BURBANK -- I’m always curious when a restaurant touts itself as having
“the best” of a specific dish. The green and white awning outside of
Ben’s Delicatessen’s in Burbank claims to serve the “world’s finest
corned beef,” and being one that appreciates this tastiest of deli meats
either between rye bread or with boiled cabbage, I had find out if this
While the word finest is subjective at best, Ben’s corned beef is very
lean and not greasy whatsoever, like many corned beef sandwiches I’ve
tried. And, unlike some trendier Valley delicatessens that serve corned
beef sandwiches alone for close to $10, Ben’s serves a generous-sized
sandwich on crusty, seeded Jewish rye with a choice among four side
orders for just $5.95. Put it all together and I will concede that this
is indeed a fine meal and a fine deal.
The hot beef brisket sandwich was not as noteworthy. The taste fell
flat needing the help of some garlic or onion to give it some character.
Sandwiches are the core of Ben’s menu and the beef selections,
including hot dogs and knockwurst, are served Kosher-style. Ben’s also
serves burgers, salads and a very respectable matzo ball soup.
In the tradition of a good dive, the restaurant itself is nothing
fancy and somewhat cramped, but if you like a good corned beef sandwich,
Ben’s is the place to go.
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IF YOU GO
WHERE: Ben’s Delicatessen, 217 N. 3rd St. in Burbank.
HOURS: Open seven days. Monday through Saturday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.;
Sunday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
PRICES: Deli sandwiches $5.55 to $6.95; burgers $3.95 to $4.95.