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Requesting opinions on delis

I'm thinking of giving my boyfriend a year of deli trips, my treat, for Hanukkah. (Don't worry, I have another present to deploy tonight.) But I'm not much of a deli person myself, so I'm interested in educated opinions about which greater LA-area delis should be on the must-visit list. The only limitation is that we're NOT going to Jerry's.

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  1. Langer's for the pastrami on rye but not much else. I'm partial to Brent's, the original location, for most everything else. And for the atmosphere more than the food - Nate 'n Al's in Beverly Hills and Canter's on Fairfax. A lot of people like Art's on Ventura Blvd. but I don't think it's very good. Billy's in Glendale is awful, but it does have one really great waitress who is a repository of terrible jokes.

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    1. re: estone888

      We went to Brent's last night after the DSW sale. Here's the scorecard:

      1. Kreplach Soup: Huge Kreplach, meat a bit underspiced, great dough. Soup was rich but not as good as the best. Give it a 7.5

      2. Chopped Herring: Mmmmmm.Marinated in wine, sweet, spread on bread. Great texture and flavor. A 9.

      3. Rye Bread: Warm, crusty, soft, flavorful. 9.

      4. Pastrami Dip: Great pastrami, great flavor, superb texture. Next to Langer's, the best. 8.

      5. Sides: All good, none great, except the pickle slices I could love on.

      Great Saturday night oldster mayhem at 7pm. Love the vibe, love the food.

    2. For the deli aficionados out there, I believe everything starts and ends with LANGERS and the No. 19.

      www.langersdeli.com

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        I'm just OK on the #19, I like the pastrami sandwich unadorned except with a bit of deli mustard.

      2. Agree that the pastrami at Langer's is the best in town (if not the nation). Also agree that, leaving pastrami aside, Brent's (in the Northridge location) is the best deli in town.

        1. Greenblatt's on Sunset and Laurel (next to the Laugh Factory) is a classic, traditional deli. Sandwiches are delicious. Desserts are yummy. Everything else is excellent!

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          1. re: chocolatelover

            If you go to greenblatts be sure to get the brisket sandwich with coleslaw and russian dressing. It's one of the best around. Also, another idea is to order him something from zingerman's deli in ann arbor, MI (www.zingermansdeli.com) their stuff is really special and in my opinion worth the extra money for shipping, especially the breads. they also have monthly clubs where they'll send you a different loaf of bread or a box of cheese every month. you could make your own sandwiches...

            you should also try brent's deli in northridge (www.brentsdeli.com) they always have great stuff.

          2. This topic has come up very often on the board. To sum it up some folks around here like Langers which is downtown, some like Brent's which is in Northridge and now in Westlake Village. These both seem to be the top two deli's on the board. IMO if you speak of Hanukkah you must speak about the latkas (potato pancakes) a traditional dish for Hanukkah. I am a Brent's fan and also love their latkas. I vote for Brent's.