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Best Delicatessen--TIE

Time Market
444 E. University Blvd.

Feig's Kosher Foods
5071 E. Fifth St.

READERS' PICK: We often go in for a nice corned-beef sandwich on rye--you can ask for it lean, but we don't like it lean. It's good rye like you get back east with seeds in it and a decent crust that has some chew to it, and you might as well add a Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray to the tab while you're at it. In fact, you might order two sandwiches, even though they're packed high--not as high as some show-off Manhattan deli's, but then who wants that much? Only a pig. For the second, we'll go ahead and get the pastrami, also not too lean. Pastrami or corned beef? Corned beef or pastrami? Maybe we'll take one home along with a big kosher dill. Along with some coleslaw. Maybe some chopped chicken liver. And a loaf of the rye bread. Maybe a couple of Dr. Brown's Cream Sodas. Makes you wish you knew where we lived, ay? Leave us alone and just go to Feig's.

READERS' POLL RUNNER-UP: Sausage Deli, 2334 N. First Ave.

CLUE IN: A few years ago a well-known Tucson woman was paying an official friendship visit to the city of Alma-Ata, in Kazakhstan. In the course of conversation with its unabashedly male-dominated civic leadership she was asked, with a disarming lack of political correctness, what she liked to cook. With swift, virtuoso diplomacy she evaded the question by describing the deli at Rincon Market, 2513 E. Sixth St. And while that's probably as far as its fame has ever spread, there's no question that for Sam Hughes-area residents a trip to Rincon is a popular way to keep from messing up the kitchen. In addition to nummy à la carte sandwich assembly and prime deli staples, there's an eclectic mix of prepared foods: dolmades, casseroles, a variety of potato and pasta salads, puddings--if mom ever made it, they've got it. And situated amidst other conveniences such as a breakfast and burger grill, salad bar, bakery and one of the best selections of self-serve coffee to go in town, you can easily get the habit of taking your three squares a day there...Making it the very thing if you're one of those uppity American women who just won't stay in the kitchen.

Case History

1997 Winner: Jason's Deli
1996 Winner: Feig's Kosher Foods
1995 Winner: Feig's Kosher Foods

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