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Benji's: A mecca for corned beef.

A big beef with a recent review


Recently the dining columnist for the Journal Sentinel ran a long article about the best places for corned beef in Milwaukee.

I don't know who Carol Deptolla is, but she lost all credibility with me with just one article. Talk about your bombshell mistakes, this is a world class one.

She left out Benji's.

She mentioned a couple of good places, like McBob's and Jake's Deli. But for corned beef fans, there is no place as good as Benji's. Using a recipe from Werner Benjamin, the founder and former owner, this place has corned beef that, in my not so humble opinion, is as good or better than any I have had anywhere in the world.

Corned beef is hard to cook. It is easy for it to come out too hard or too soft. But once you get the corning process down, then the secret is in how you cook the brisket.

Benji's is without doubt the king of corned beef in Milwaukee. The late, great Ben Barkin, who brought the circus parade to Milwaukee and who was a co-owner of Jake's, often snuck away to grab the corned beef at Benji's.

Don't get me wrong. I love Jake's. And I think their pastrami is better than Benji's. But for corned beef there is only one place that Milwaukee can call great. And to miss it on a dining list just marks the writer as a pretender who doesn't know what she's talking about.


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danno | May 22, 2012 at 10:59 a.m. (report)

Benji sponsored my Little League team. After every weekend game we would head to Benji's to get corn beef sandwiches. I will have to try it again as I thought it went downhill years ago.

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BIGMEX72 | March 26, 2012 at 7:44 a.m. (report)

Begel! Begel! Begel! If Bartolatta's Owened Benji's and thank GOD they don't , she would have mentioned it in the first few words. Carol is a hack. Anyways good deal Dave, thanks for speaking out and lets meet for a Hoppel Poppel!!

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Iheartfood | March 23, 2012 at 5:47 p.m. (report)

I couldn't agree more about Benji's corned beef - it's the best. AND from what I hear it's a great place to work too.

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OCMEX | March 23, 2012 at 11:56 a.m. (report)

Benji's should have been on the list, but who cares what these so called food critics think, the late Dennis Ghetto included. The customers who pay the bills are the real critics.

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devidia | March 23, 2012 at 11:41 a.m. (report)

How exactly does one "corn" beef? What's involved in the corning process? Is actual corn used or a corn based derivative? Can corn in turn be "beefed"?..............Corn based ethanol??.........."Children of the Corn"?.................................................................."Wish it into the cornfield"????.........

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