Updated 3:39 pm, July 9, 2014

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Good morning, bialy Head to the neighborhood institution for old-school carbs, New York Bagel and Bialy, for a savory breakfast of puffy, chewy rolls topped with bits of sweet caramelized onions called bialys.

Slices the size of your head You don't have to fold these wide, New York-style pizza in half at EJ's Pizzeria, but the folding helps to devour the crispy, cheesy, charred-bottom (and kosher!) slices a little faster.

Authentic East Coast treats Ever tried a black and white cookie? If not, get thee to Kaufman's Delicatessen and Bakery for the cakey, decadent treat dipped in half vanilla icing and half chocolate.

Matzoh madness No matter the weather, there's nothing more comforting than a bowl of light, fluffy matzoh ball soup, especially at Whistler's, a family-owned Greek diner just outside Skokie.

Pastrami sammies Thick cut pastrami, spiced with peppercorns and marbled with fat, is served piping hot between rye bread and with varieties of sour pickles at Srulie's Delicatessen. Grab a can of Dr. Brown's cream soda and a paper and settle in for a perfect Sunday morning.