Chicago Stories: A Taste of the Old Country

The family-owned Jewish deli holds a special place in our hearts, with the piles of pastrami, corned beef, potato pancakes and of course, matzoh ball soup. Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen is a cultural institution on Chicago’s Near South Side, celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and run by the Raskin family to this day.

This week on the “Chicago Stories” podcast, Mayor Emanuel met with Ken, Patti and Dan Raskin to learn more about Manny’s, a stomping ground for politicians, police officers and local Chicagoans since 1942. Ken Raskin is son of the late Manny and grew up greeting customers and working at the restaurant. His son Dan is fourth generation, works at Manny’s full-time and oversees the daily work of the restaurant. The entire family is involved — Ken’s wife Patti bakes the cookies and the sweets, and his three other children, Jason, Matt and Stephanie, help out as well.

Mayor Emanuel interviews Dan (far left), Patti and Ken Raskin on the Chicago Stories podcast.

Go behind the scenes to hear more about the history of Manny’s and the Mayor’s memories of eating there with his family. Believe us, it’s delicious.

5:40 — The Mayor’s sandwich
11:56 — Chop suey and other favorite dishes of the Raskins
14:25 — The transformation of the Maxwell Street Market neighborhood

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