America's Best Comfort Foods

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Cutting-edge cuisine has its place, but sometimes you just want a hearty meal with your favorite comfort foods.

Chicken Soup

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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

America's Best Comfort Foods

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

Courtesy of Famous 4th Street Delicatessen
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