With the closing of their old standby, Azure, in Northern Liberties, we needed to break in a new place to celebrate.
I had been to 4th street once, years ago. They are known for recockulously large portions and awesome chocolate chip cookies. Dinner was so much better then I remember their food to be.
I'll admit I was wary at first- we sat down to complementary pickles and health salad, which did nothing for me since I have an aversion to all things pickled. Then came a basket of rye bread and amazing onion-poppyseed rolls. The rolls were made from an eggy dough and had an onion and poppy mixture that reminds me of bialy filling. Much more my speed; I had two.
I ordered matzoh ball soup and a blintz on the side. The soup was fantastic- the matzoh ball was the size of my head (literally) and the broth was well seasoned and had generous chunks of roasted chicken, sweet carrots, and farfale. The blintz was creamy on the inside with a nice crisp on the outside, although the cherry sauce on the side was really thick pie filling.
My mother-in-law had challah french toast- it looked like a whole loaf of challah- she'll have breakfast for the next week. The birthday boy's turkey sandwich had a whole breast's worth of sliced turkey in it. The potato pancakes that most people got on the side were crispy and tasted like potato- which i prefer to the type that are more like your standard breakfast pancake.
Everyone took home at least half their food, so even though it's a bit pricey for deli food, you will get a lot of meal mileage out of whatever you order. I hate to even think what the zaftig, or large sandwich looks like. They even send you home with a bag of their famous chocolate chip cookies as a part of the meal. I like free dessert.
I was stuffed and suprised when I left and can't wait to return- I've got my eye on some kugel.
Famous Fourth Street Delicatessen
700 4th Street (at Bainbridge)
Philadelphia, PA 19147