A local sandwich joint, with local attitude and BIG sandwiches. That's Perry's Deli, on Franklin Street. You want meat on bread? That's lots of meat on bread? OK, make that LOTS of meat on bread. Ya gotta try Perry's.
Here's a hint for eating a Perry's sandwich: keep your fork handy. You'll need it. Trust me.
The ambience at Perry's is a little hard to describe. Let's just say, there's pictures, cartoons and other "stuff" on the walls, and a big screen TV. Now, how many delis you know have a big screen TV? Have a sandwich, watch a movie. Pretty cool place.
And the sandwiches are delicious. And did I say they were BIG?!!!!!
(By the way, when you visit Perry's, leave the cell phone at home)
Favorite Dish: My favorite is the Earnest's Exstacy. Two scoops of turkey, two scoops of cole slaw. Thousand Island dressing and bacon. All piled on two slices of bread. I dare you to keep it all on the bread. I just dare you.
What a great sandwich!
Last visit: 10/26/04
Perry's has been in business since 1982 and although Perry sold the business in September 2003 to a former Russian soccer player named Boris, Perry has stayed on as a consultant and the quality of the food and the atmosphere have stayed the same.
Frequently in the warmer months there will be a line out the door, in January when less of us are silly enough to venture out for lunch, you can walk right up.
And whatever you do, turn off that cell phone when you come in. Perry was known to kick people out for using them, the current owner seems to have settled for publicly humiliating the offender over the loudspeaker.
Favorite Dish: The sandwiches are huge, I can make two meals out of one. I've recently tried the Giant J, a roast beef sandwich with horseradish and Russian dressing and today I opted for just a regular roast beef with mayo. Both were great!
The names of all of the triple decker sandwiches are named for relatives of Perry's, the Giant J is named after his late brother and several are named after his wife and mother.
If you are looking for a place to get a quick lunch and are seriously hungry, I suggest Perry's. The sandwiches are ridiculously large - I'm talking enough meat for 3 or 4 sandwiches all packed into 1. It gets crowded at lunch time and it may be hard to find a seat, but you get through the line quickly.
Just one thing - turn off your cell phone or risk getting yelled at by the owner. Its all he asks of you when you eat at his deli.
Favorite Dish: I enjoy the combo, which is turkey, ham, cole slaw, and Russian dressing.
You get a choice of white, wheat, or rye with all sandwiches. The bread is standard sliced bread you would get at a supermarket and is pretty flimsy. I suggest you use wheat bread because it holds the sandwich together much better than the white bread. Some sandwiches can be put on onion or kaiser rolls.
Perry's is a great place to get large, great tasting sandwiches in downtown Chicago. They offer a wide variety, all of which are large, large, large!
Make sure you shut off your Cel phone before entering the restaurant. The management is infamous for kicking people out who dare talk on their Cel phones during their meal!