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Bagels, Knishes and Sandwiches, Oh My!

This week, Patch food writer Clara Park reviews Mrs. Marty's Deli and Restaurant in Broomall.

I spent about six years living in Chicago and though there were many wonderful restaurants, I had a difficult time finding a great deli like the ones back east. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure there are some great delis in Chicago but there just aren't that many compared to Philly and New York City.

When I complained to my friend's mom about the dearth of deli,s she simply replied, "Look for a Jewish neighborhood and then you'll find a good deli."

is a great Jewish deli and restaurant. They offer delicious delights for breakfast, lunch and dinner with friendly service to boot.

Breakfast offerings include "the breakfast special" (two eggs, home fries, small juice, toast and coffee for $4.79) available 7 to 11 a.m., "mixed up plate" (two potato pancakes, one egg, one piece French toast, one piece of bacon, scrapple or sausage for $9.59) , "fisherman's delight" (bagel filled with regular or nova lox, kippered salmon, whitefish salad, cream cheese, cucumber, tomato, onion, and black olives for $12.99), blintzes ($6.99), fried matzoh ("two boards, two eggs " for $5.79) and "crazy nines" (two slices of French toast, two pieces of Canadian bacon, two pieces of scrapple, two eggs any style, home fries and toast for $9.99).

If eggs are more your thing, the kitchen can whip up 18 different kinds of omelets (plain, Spanish, ham and cheese, vegetable patch, etc., $5.79-$11.99), eggs benedict ($7.79) or pretty much anything else you can imagine.

As a deli and restaurant, there is a fantastic array of sandwiches (hot and cold), hoagies and wraps. Turkey, roast beef, brisket, pastrami, chopped liver, kosher bologna, etc., (basically any kind of meat) with American, Swiss, provolone, sweet muenster, Swiss Lorraine or Cooper sharp with whatever vegetables you would like.

Make your sandwich a "special" by adding cole slaw and Russian dressing for $1.09. The corned beef special ($8.79) is excellent and the "mischagoss" (corned beef, chopped liver, pastrami, Russian dressing and cole slaw for $8.99) sounds like a meal in and of itself. Hot favorites like the grilled reuben ($8.99), tuna melt ($7.99) and monte cristo (French toast, turkey, ham and Swiss cheese topped with powdered sugar for $8.99) are also available.

Make your own soup and sandwich combo by adding chicken/matzo ball, cabbage borscht, chicken noodle/rice or soup of the day to your order (prices vary depending on soup).

And there are numerous nibbles for your sweet tooth including cheesecake ($4.59), rice pudding ($2.99), belgian waffle and ice cream ($6.59), hamentashen and rugelach.

Wash it all down with iced tea ($1.99), coffee (1.79), soda (Coke, sprite, Dr. Pepper, Fanta, $1.79-$1.99), egg cream soda ($2.59), milk shake ($3.79), Hank's sodas ($1.99) or my favorite, Dr. Brown's sodas (their cream soda is out of this world, $1.99).

The restaurant itself is bustling with activity. People are eating their meals alone, with friends or family. Busier people are running in and grabbing their food to go, servers are making their way back and forth all over the floor and then there are people manning the cash registers.

My own mother always says that nothing attracts a crowd like a crowd. What attracts this crowd? Honest food, prepared well and service with a smile. I don't think I heard a single person pay their check without being asked, "How was everything?" They all answered the same, "Great." And I couldn't agree more.

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