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DINING OUT

Annie Bettelli

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

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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

was true.

While the word finest is subjective at best, Ben’s corned beef is very

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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.

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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.

ANNIE BETTELLI welcomes requests. Send correspondence in care of the

News-Press/Leader to 111 W. Wilson Ave., Suite 200, Glendale 91203 or

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contact her directly via e-mail at BERIES@aol.com. Her column appears

each Wednesday.

IF YOU GO

WHERE: Ben’s Delicatessen, 217 N. 3rd St. in Burbank.

PHONE: 846-6227.

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.


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