The more things change, the more they stay the same, at least at Perry's Deli. Since opening its doors in 1982, Perry's has changed locations more frequently than an Army brat, but when current owner Boris bought Perry's (the shop) from Perry (the man) in 2003, he promised not to alter A THING about the legendary deli known for "sandwiches as big as your head."
Upon entering Perry's, one is immediately washed in the bright glow of neon lights and taken back to simpler days. Clean and sparkling walls are hung with unique and kitschy decor: a huge swordfish, lots of posters and pictures, at least three clocks and the aforementioned neon. A tropical aquarium hangs out on the counter under a bright fluorescent ice cream cone, and the entire place has a sort of '50s-ish diner feeling.
However, as with most eating establishments, the people flock here for the food. Open Monday through Friday, Perry's features a different sandwich and soup combo daily, and be warned: the sandwiches are huge and come speared with a fork, which you'll probably make good use of while getting through the monster. Most popular choices include traditional turkey and "Perry's Favorite," a mountain of corned beef, Jack cheese, coleslaw and Russian dressing.
All sandwiches range from about $6.25 to $8; salads, chili, homemade brownies, shakes and malts are also available. Perry's offers sandwich platters for group events and will deliver anywhere in the Loop free of charge for orders over $25 (before tax). Perry's Deli has made quite a name for itself over the years, but you don't have to take my word for it. The sandwich shop has received much acclaim from the likes of "Chicago" magazine, the Associated Press, "Bon Appetite" and "Crain's."
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Amy Wilschke