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Rhymes With Delicatessen

Posted by Jim Botticelli  September 26, 2013 01:24 PM

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The local standard against which other delis were often measured

There was Max Andrews' at Blue Hill and Lawrence Av with its smart-mouthed counter help, black and white ceramic floor and salami loaves hanging from the strings. There was the New Yorker Deli on Blue Hill Av for the older folks and the G&G for the younger crowd. But Jack & Marion's served as the local standard-bearer of quality New York style delicatessen fare with service to match. And that's where you took your date when you were flush. Delis are often run by brusque no nonsense order-takers cranking out good sandwiches with a side of grimness. Not so at this Brookline legend. Soups, slabs of brisket and corned beef, potato salad, knishes, all capped with delicious  desserts were served with a certain savoir faire. Try the Empire State Sandwich. In 1961 this guy went for $3.50 and could feed an entire family. A back room was added in the 1950's that was accessible to Jack Solomon's "special customers". Jack & Marion's closed in the early 70's, was renamed Premier briefly, then Jaffe's Pick a Chick. The final deli aromas wafted from its ducts and doors in the early 80's.

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Jim Botticelli, a 1976 Northeastern University graduate, is a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. In college, he drove a cab and learned the city's cow paths. An avid collector of More »

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