Mort's vs. Crossroads: A matzah ball soup food fight

Categories: Food Fight

Yael Grauer
Jessie's Favorite Matzo Ball Soup, served at Mort's Deli, is full of flavor.
Matzah ball soup may be most popular in the spring (around Passover time), but there's something about chicken soup with knaydelach (yes, that's Yiddish for dumplings) in the winter.

I grew up with matzah ball soup, and like most comfort foods, it is nearly impossible to re-create the magic of the past. My childhood matzah ball soup was a delectable bowl of chicken broth with carrots, celery, and multiple small, dense matzah balls. Although restaurants typically serve soup with only one large matzah ball, not all bowls are alike. Here's how Crossroads Deli and Mort's Deli stacked up.

Mort's Delicatessen
Mort's Delicatessen in Golden Valley is a treasure trove of Jewish food. Where else can you find both potato latkes (essential Hanukkah dining) and rugelach (crescent-shaped pastries)?

Jessie's Favorite Matzo Ball Soup screams with flavor. The homemade soup, made with real broth, is filled with chicken, carrots, and celery chunks. Noodles are an optional addition. And the matzah ball was very big, dense, and delicious. A cup will run you $3.99, and a bowl is $7.99.

Crossroads Deli
Next up was Crossroads Deli in Hopkins. This is a very interesting place, boasting a wide selection of cocktails. But we were there for Scott's Famous Matzoh Ball Soup, rumored to be the best in the Twin Cities. There is no cup size, due to the size of the matzah ball. You can get a bowl for $5.99, or an even larger serving for $8.99.

Yael Grauer
Scott's Famous Matzoh Ball Soup, served at Crossroads Deli, is hard to beat.

Crossroads was incredibly understaffed during our visit, and it took quite a while to get our soup. The wait, however, was well worth it. The chicken broth was not as salty but just as flavorful. The chicken was incredibly tender. The carrots, celery, and parsley were a perfect meld, and the matzah ball was as tasty as I can remember.

The winner: Crossroads Deli. Although Mort's Deli has the better atmosphere, a larger portion of soup for your money, and a nicer selection of Jewish food overall, the matzah ball soup at Crossroads is hard to beat.

Location Info

Crossroads Deli & Bakeshop

2795 Hedberg Drive, Hopkins, MN

Category: Restaurant

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Just saw the note of amateur hour and spelling.  Well, I'm very ill and on my back in bed and have already read some misspellings in my post.  I hope that what this is for, is so folks can read up on a place they want to eat at but get some opinions from folks who have actually been there.  I'm not trying to gain any extra credits on my post, I am hoping that in my words and actual experiences there, one can see that there's much to choose from and Crosssroad's is not only the best at their Matzo soup but other menu items as well.  And you can even sit in the deli area and grab a bit to eat right there if you don't want to be formally seated in their restaurant.  Again, big thumbs up but I want to say that I don't understand why each forum you can find on the net has to have folks who are downright mean in their response to a poster.  Reminds me of elementary school as opposed to a place where adults can get a good response on a place they want to go out and try.  1 thing I forgot is 2 visits ago we thought we would get our usual waitress and were sat in the same booth we always sit in but she had an off night and we sat for 45 min. w/o anyone talking to us.  She was sought out and I heard yelling in the kitchen but the staff really made it up to us or should I say the manager did.  Still, last night she made it up to us by giving us more then we even asked for and lots of bread to take home with us which I'm going to get a slice of (my cinnamon raisin one), right now! 


This post is pure amateur hour. Terrible spelling, ignorant descriptions, and meaningless terms like "real broth." Are there any pros left at CP?


Real broth is the strained liquid resulting from cooking chicken, as opposed to broth from a can or bouillon cube. Matzah (or matzoh) is a transliteration so there is no right or wrong spelling; even different restaurants spell it differently. If you're going to be snarky, at least get your facts straight.


Very nice post.  I live in Mpls and am close to so many wonderful restaurants, one new one named Trevail (sp?), it's so new that I don't know if Guy has visited yet but it's some chefs from a small bar like space in a not so good neighborhood so they moved to Robbinsdale.  It has caught national attention and one neat thing is the cooks I believe are learning still and are under the guidance of the 2 chef owners and they are behind a see thru glass area where you can watch the food being made.  Tried to get in there last Saturday however & the line was out the door and 2 blocks down.  But wanted to comment on the soup at gosh is everything good there.  My husband and I can go there up to 3 Friday's in 1 month.  Their Matzo soup reigns supreme, Mortz was closer so he picked that up a few wks back and I couldn't figure out why I wasn't eating it and then I read the label to see Mortz so I knew then, it's just not as good and homemade, comfort food type tasting.  One dish my husband has each time is this amazing 2 round beef medallions, fairly small but OH SO juicy and cut like butter and when you chew that, with the nice beefy gravy, mushrooms and get a bit of that spinach that all this rests on.....mmmmm, delish!  Forgot to add they begin with this wonderful basket of various breatds (rye, fennel and some other all made in their deli/dessert area I think but the best breads is this oh so good dark and golden raisin/cinnamon bread that they are quite generous with).  When you first get there it's all this bread and a bowl of pickles and now for $2 all you can eat pickled beets too.  I can get full on just the bread and pickles and used to bring the free beets home to my dad.  Anyway, I asked where this medallion comes from and the waitress was trying to show on herfself, on her upper hip area, where it comes from.  Wasn't sure she really knew but she said to buy them at a store it would be at least $19 and not as good and "he" has a really good connection to get these and originally it was a mistake b/c they came w/ some other beef and when they used them they were so popular that it's now a menu item.  I have tummy issues so last night I had their mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....Tomato Basil soup w/ Artichoke Mashed Potatoes and the awesome chicken gravy.  Can you tell we love this place?  Moon Cakes, all types of deli items, cakes, cookies, baklava, you name it.  Reubens, incredible homemade Mac n' Cheez and several soups, salads, main courses of broasted chicken....much more to choose from with this not too loud and very comfy atomosphere.  Drinks are reasonably prices too.  Hope this brings you to Crossroads Delicatessen, easy to miss if you are not purposely looking for it so get your phones or garmins out to find it and enjoy! 

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