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Attman's Authentic New York Delicatessen

1019 East Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD - (410) 563-2666
Posted By Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on 9/1/2010 2:19:00 PM
Corned Beef Row. The name designates an area that was once the center of Jewish life in Baltimore. Today, Corned Beef Row consists of Attman's Deli and little else. Seymour Attman, longtime owner of the deli, has passed on but the deli continues. This once thriving Jewish neighborhood can today seem a little intimidating to some, but a daytime trip to Attman's (the only time it's open) will make it worthwhile.

Enter to the head of the line at the counter, squeeze past those ahead of you (there's scant room between the waiting customers and the refrigerator cases holding beverages), and proceed to the far side of the counter. While you wait, make your selections from the assorted signs scattered behind, in front of, and over the counter. As you move along, the counter people will wisecrack with each other, the customers, and the occasional street person wandering in.

We recommend the tender and savory corned beef, and the terrific kosher hot dogs, which come garnished with a couple of pieces of sizzled bologna, as Attman's personal, eccentric signature. The pickles are good, too.

There is a side room, called the Kibbitz Room, for dining, but much of the clientele order to go. Some of those customers place rather unorthodox orders: how does corned beef and provolone sound? But the counter help don't miss a beat. You want it, you got it.

We were the lone Kibbitz Room diners, though we understand that during prime lunch hours, the place can get pretty crowded. Prices are extremely reasonable. If you're in Baltimore, make a point of lunching at Attman's, and have a taste of Corned Beef Row.

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Yes, that's bologna (!) on those excellent kosher dogs.
"Yes, that's bologna (!) on those excellent kosher dogs."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle





Attman's tall stacks of not-too-lean corned beef between rye bread slices are a pleasure to eat.
"Attman's tall stacks of not-too-lean corned beef between rye bread slices are a pleasure to eat."
Cliff Strutz


If you are visiting Attman's for the first time, this sign gives some good advice!
"If you are visiting Attman's for the first time, this sign gives some good advice!"
Cliff Strutz


Attman's menu consists of dozens of these signs posted on every available space.
"Attman's menu consists of dozens of these signs posted on every available space."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Attman's sit-down dining area is known as the Kibitz Room.
"Attman's sit-down dining area is known as the Kibitz Room."
Cliff Strutz


One of the very few remaining original Corned Beef Row merchants.
"One of the very few remaining original Corned Beef Row merchants."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Baltimore has designated this area Corned (or as this sign mis-states it) Corn Beef Row.
"Baltimore has designated this area Corned (or as this sign mis-states it) Corn Beef Row."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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