The Midget Deli, Cambridge, Mass.

I need your help. People don't believe me when I tell them there was a Midget Deli in Cambridge, Mass.

It's like I am the only one who ever saw this place, Cambridge residents included.

The Midget Deli was located at the current Changsho Chinese restaurant at 1712 Mass. Ave., between Porter and Harvard Square. I remember it best in the late 1960s as the only Jewish deli in Cambridge, although I had not yet been to 90 percent of the rest of Cambridge. So maybe it was the only Jewish deli within the 10 percent of the Cambridge I knew! Maybe even less, as I was often so preoccupied with playing car bingo.

Most delis are small in size, but the Midget was pretty big. How's that for irony?  I loved its pastrami sandwiches and the bustling nature of the place. Having just visited New York City and a few of its then-famous delis (like the Stage Deli), the Midget seemed to have that classic, busy delicatessen vibe.

Could someone please back me up on this -- that there was a Midget Deli in Cambridge? Please feel free to comment below, including stories on your dining experiences at the Midget Deli. Or, maybe someone who worked there can chime in to help me regain my credibility because they think I am joking. Thank you!


  1. Definitely existed. I was a waiter there summer of 1974

  2. Most definitely there was a Midget Deli in the late 50s and early 60s. We would drive from Tufts University most Sundays for dinner at the Midget.

  3. My parents took us there until they closed in the 70's? I waitressed there briefly when I was in college. Al Kagan was the owner. The blintzes & cheesecake!!!!

  4. I always thought it was near Igo's, across from Sears. Wish I had a photo of it.

  5. I do remember the midget, it was on the opposite side of mass ave near three aces pizza. Does anyone remember a sub shop in the 1970's named Hogans Hero's that was near fresh pond circle in Cambridge? It's now named Ma Magoo's.


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