By Andy Tarnoff Publisher Published Oct 26, 2009 at 3:32 PM

October is the third annual Dining Month on All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delicious features, chef profiles, unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2009."

Benji's Deli
4156 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 332-7777

Nothing stays the same, even the venerable old Benji's Deli in Shorewood. Benji sold the iconic Milwaukee deli years ago, and the place has been sanitized quite a bit. But the quality of the food stays the same, and along with Jake's, is one of the two totally legit Jewish delis in the Milwaukee area.

Menu: Deli fare, breakfast and meaty Old World comfort food.

Price: Inexpensive.

When to go: Lunch is a great time for a corned beef sandwich and a cup of matzo ball soup, but don't forget breakfast and Benji's famous Hoppel Poppel.

Dress: Casual.

Don't miss: Where to start? Pastrami, corned beef, lox, tongue, brisket -- check your cholesterol concerns at the door and enjoy a nice bowl of chicken soup like your Bubbie used to make. Wash it all down with a Dr. Brown's cream soda. And grab a bar of halvah on the way out.

Parking: Plenty of parking can usually be found in the lot adjacent to this old-school mini-mall.

Andy is the founder and co-owner of He returned to Milwaukee in 1996 after living on the East Coast for nine years, where he wrote for The Dallas Morning News Washington Bureau and worked in the White House Office of Communications. He was also Associate Editor of The GW Hatchet, his college newspaper at The George Washington University.

Before launching in 1998 at age 23, he worked in public relations for two Milwaukee firms, most of the time daydreaming about starting his own publication.

Hobbies include running when he finds the time, fixing the rust on his '75 MGB, mowing the lawn at his cottage in the Northwoods, and making an annual pilgrimage to Phoenix for Brewers Spring Training.