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Best corned beef sandwich in LA?

Pastrami seems to get most of the love on this board, but I am a die hard corned beef eater and I don't really like pastrami (have tried Langers in LA and Katzs in NY).

Where is the best CB sandwich in town?

I have tried Juniors in West LA, and Nate and Als in Beverly Hills. My current fave is Mort's in the Pacific Palisades. Any other ideas for a great corned beef sandwich - the best in town?

Ideas appreciated hounds!

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  1. Brent's in Canoga Park (http://www.brentsdeli.com ) would probably have to make the list.

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    1. re: David Kahn

      They are actually in Northridge or Westlake Village.

      1. re: David Kahn

        Yes, Brent's is the best. Second, in my opinion, is Art's in Studio City (the sign outside reads: Where every sandwich is a work of Art's). Brent's is New York-style, piled high on rye. Have a potato knish with it. Drink a Doctor Brown's. Get the black and white cookie for dessert. What could be better?

        1. re: Golem

          a corned beef sandwich with a homemade garlic pickle, actually. the kind of pickle that if you bring it onto an elevator, everyone else on the elevator takes on the same quizzical facial expression as they try to figure out the source of the aroma and whether they should be offended by that source.

        1. re: tony michaels

          Arg! I just found out Mort's closed on March 31st. Mayor Riordan bought it and it will be closed for several months and will open in its new form in the "summer".


          And it was my favorite too.

        2. Phil's Deli in the Grove Farmer's market makes a good sandwich. It's not a giant new york style one but it's tasty with horseradish and mustard.

            259 Sierra Madre Villa Ave.
            (626) 578-1616

            1. Magee's in the Farmer's Market on Third and Fairfax.

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              1. re: Cucinamore

                I *LOOOOVE* Magee's. It's not the most generous, especially for the money, but it's always hit my spot, especially with coleslaw...and then I get the Cajun potato salad from Gumbo Pot, and a beer from the beer & wine joint. MMMmmmmm yummy! as Rachael Ray might say...

                1. re: Will Owen

                  Yeah, for Magees, I rather do the plate! :D


                2. re: Cucinamore

                  Thank you for the rec. I went to Magee's last night for a corned beef sandwich and it was very good. Not particularly large but big enough and hand carved. Had some fat on it and it was flavorful. Friendly carver behind the counter.

                  Had some room for a chocolate donut from Bob's that hit the spot.

                  May get the plate next time instead of the sandwich. I may try and get to Langers and Canters this week to get more points of reference. If so will report back.

                  1. re: Senor Popusa

                    You can request the fatty end too.

                  2. re: Cucinamore

                    been to farmers market hundreds of times and not sure why i never went to magees, with that sexy meat under lights...well, i fixed that problem today and i agree it is some tasty vittles. not huge but 10 bucks and really juicy handcut from a huge thick slab of corned beef...horseradish, rye bread...looking forward to getting this next time now ... thanks for the tip.

                  3. I don't know if it's the best, but I certainly have fond memories of the corned beef sandwiches available at the "carving stations" at local horse tracks. Santa Anita, Fairplex and Hollywood Park all serve the same basic sandwich. The meat is carved to order and served on your choice of bread (go for rye, obviously) and condiment options include butter, mayo, mustard and horseradish. All that said, I hadn't had one for probably 10 years until last fall at Santa Anita, and it wasn't as good as I remember from the late 80s/early 90s. Still pretty good, though.

                    1. Musso & Frank's has a corned beef dinner special one night a week. And, guess what? he next day they have a corned beef sandwich special. The corned beef is very "elegent." It's not fatty and falling off the sandwhich. I think its really very good.

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                      1. re: markethej

                        New York Deli in Torrance has an excellent, moist, not-too-fatty corned beef sandwich. Their rye bread is just how I like it, crusty on the outside with a nice *bite* and they make a tasty carrot salad too. If you're ever in the So. Bay area, they really deserve a visit.

                        1. re: cyberfoodie

                          Get the "Catering Corned beef" from Nate N'Al's. If you like flavor, yet lean, this is the best.

                      2. Brent's is hands down the best corned beef in LA.

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                        1. re: pinpei

                          I agree. I like Magee's, but I love Brent's.

                        2. I like Langers, and I like Canter's.

                          1. " I don't really like pastrami (have tried Langers in LA and Katzs in NY) "

                            I prefer Langer's corned beef to their pastrami.

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                            1. re: Curt the Soi Hound

                              Me too! But I don't like Pastrami... :D


                              1. re: Dommy

                                I thought I was the only hound who wasn't into Pastrami! Good to hear there are others in the corned beef camp.

                                1. re: Senor Popusa

                                  I am also in the "corned beef camp." The once a year I crave a corned beef sandwich, Nate'n'Al's suits me just fine.

                            2. In 20 years of visiting, I have never had a decent corned beef sandwich in LA. If you find one let me know.

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                              1. re: ffcburgerboi

                                Try FROMIN's: 1832 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90403
                                (310) 829-5443 (I had mine w/tomatoes, Provolone cheese & grilled onions on grilled egg bread)...Mmm, I STILL have dreams of that sandwich!

                              2. I have had some wonderful corned beef sandwiches at Canter's. The one time I got one that wasn't great, I sent it back and they cheerfully replaced it with one that was excellent.

                                Jerry's is very hit and miss. I've pretty much given up Jerry's because so many of their menu items have declined.

                                I've also tried Junior's, Art's, Nate & Al's, Brent's and Factor's and they were all decent but unremarkable.

                                Someone in this thread mentioned Phil's Roundup and Magee's at Farmer's Market. Phil's makes a surprisingly good corned beef sandwich that would not disappoint you in a traditional deli. Magee's is hand-carved from a big slab cooked at the Magee's kitchen which is elsewhere at Farmer's Market. It's usually a little stingy in the meat department but it's very good meat.

                                Another great place is Label's Table on Pico. I also like Greenblatt's on Sunset for some items including their corned beef sandwich.

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                                1. re: Hackenbush

                                  a bigtime second on magees and labels

                                2. My faves are still Langers and MaGees... But on the westside, I love the corned beef sandwich at Gentlemen's Butcher Shop on National. He brines and cooks up in house and uses tri tip... so its SO tender!


                                  1. The Bowery in Hollywood has a unique version in that it's one thick slice as opposed to lots of thin slices. It comes with Russian dressing and sauerkraut, served on sourdough instead of rye. I really like this version.