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America's Best Comfort Foods

America's best comfort foods: Famous 4th Street Delicatessen's chicken soup

Courtesy of Famous 4th Street Delicatessen

Chicken Soup

The Restaurant: Famous 4th Street Delicatessen, Philadelphia

The Skinny: The best thing about “Jewish penicillin” (otherwise known as chicken soup) is its versatility, variously standing in as magically curative sick food, a late-night snack, or even breakfast. Fourth-generation deli owner Russ Cowan uses his family recipe for this much-loved Philly spot, which has been dispensing Jewish soul food since 1923. The $15 “Famous Chicken Soup” is loaded with noodles, matzoh balls, kreplach (stuffed beef dumplings), and kasha (buckwheat) and serves two to three people…provided you’re willing to share. —Emma Sloley

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