Benji’s

Delicatessen | Jewish | Sandwich Shop
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Benji’s, a Milwaukee fixture since 1963, is an old-school Jewish-Midwestern delicatessen. Its menu ranges from corned beef sandwiches on rye to Friday night fish fries, from blintzes filled with sweet pot cheese to eggs Benedict and Cobb salad. Unbound by any particular culinary rules, it offers classic chicken-in-the pot and fried matzoh and an invention called Reuben rolls (the Reuben sandwich reconfigured in a wonton roll). The drink menu includes locally bottled Sprecher’s root beer as well as old-fashioned chocolate phosphates (syrup & soda water).

We especially like Benji’s because it is one of the few restaurants in the Midwest that serves the old farmhouse meal called hoppel poppel – a griddle-cooked, kitchen-sink breakfast of salami, scrambled eggs, and potato chunks. Super hoppel poppel adds peppers and mushrooms and blankets the whole thing with melted cheese.

Of course, Benji’s is a good place for piled-high deli sandwiches, lox-and-bagel platters, sweet-and-sour cabbage borscht, and crisp potato pancakes served with apple sauce. For dessert, choose carrot cake or cheesecake (both from scratch), pecan squares or a halvah bar.

Note: a second Benji’s is located at 8683 N. Port Washington Rd. (414-228-5130)

What to Eat
Benji’s, Hoppel Poppel
Hoppel Poppel
Must-Try
Hoppel poppel: scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, and crisp-edged chunks of salami.
Benji’s, Cheese Blintzes
Cheese Blintzes
Must-Try
First rate restaurant blintzes: tender crepes fried in butter, tightly wrapped around faintly sweet pot cheese.
Benji’s, Sprecher Root Beer
Sprecher Root Beer
Must-Try
Sprecher's is a local brewery that makes fabulous root beer.
Benji’s, Hear-O Israel Sandwich
Hear-O Israel Sandwich
Hear-O-Israel: corned beef, peppered beef, salami, pastrami, and Swiss with 1000 Islands dressing and slaw.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday7am - 8pm
Monday8am - 8pm
Tuesday8am - 8pm
Wednesday8am - 8pm
Thursday8am - 8pm
Friday8am - 8pm
Saturday7am - 8pm
Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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