Of all the iconic delis around Chicago, Manny’s Deli stands alone. Governors love it, mayors love it, and even one president has a soft spot for its corned beef. Manny’s has been recognized as a Great Neighborhood Restaurant by LTHForum, and even made our Chicago Sandwich Register. So, we fully endorse the city’s decision to name a stretch of South Jefferson Street after Manny’s owner, Ken Raskin. Hopefully, Honorary Ken Raskin Way will steer more people to the deli’s gloriously fatty pastrami. Oddly, this wasn’t the only case of the city naming streets after restaurateurs in today’s news.
The 312 Dining Diva reports that a portion of Taylor Street in Little Italy will be named Honorary Alex Dana Way. Dana founded The Rosebud in the neighborhood in 1975, and it has remained more or less packed for 36 years. Though Scott Harris is giving Dana a run for his money, we’ll approve of this one, too.
Continuing with this trend, which restaurateur do you think will get the honor next? Since Rick Bayless already takes up most of a block on North Clark Street, we think that’s a good choice. Perhaps Homaro Cantu, Grant Achatz, and Paul Kahan can share West Fulton Street? Let us know your answers!