Anything good at Victor's Deli?
Even though you're meeting your friend there, I'll assuming you're talking about the deli, rather than the restaurant next door. Deli's fine; I can't recommend anything specific. But it's a small but pretty serious wine store, which you might find interesting.
They also roast their own coffee beans.
Orson Welles purportedly used to shop there from time to time.
Sandwiches and salads are generally very good in the deli, and if you want to sit down to eat them, those same items are also on the restaurant menu next door in the shopping center. Good mazzo ball soup, and soups in general, and breakfast is generally very reliable.
Have not tried dinner in forever, though.
If it was good enough for Brad and Jen back in the day, well.....
What's strange is that I really do like the deli, but have found the quality at the restaurant lacking in comparison. Makes no sense, I guess, because I'm sure the ingredients are the same, but perhaps the guys behind the counter at the deli are able to put together the stuff better. Plus I find the restaurant's prices on the high side.
I agree on the restaurant versus deli comparison.
The deli makes a really great French dip, and also a good pastrami sandwich. And they make a good BLT. Come to think of it, I can't remember a bad sandwich I've had from there.
The sides (various potato, greek, and fruit salads, cole slaw, marinated mushrooms, marinated artichoke hearts, etc.) are not great. These are not the draw.
They also have a good selection of cheeses, but oddly no crackers. But they'll cut up a baguette into "foie gras" slices for you.
And speaking of foie gras, they have a very good foie gras pate.
If I were going to the Hollywood Bowl, this is a good place to go for the provisions.
I'd pick a variety of cheeses, salami, pate, maybe some Spanish sausage, some serrano ham, some olives, a bottle of cornichons, and a sliced baguette. That would do it for me. But if I was entertaining a group of hungry people I'd throw in some sandwiches, potato salad, cole slaw and maybe some chips.
And of course a few bottles of wine.
Maybe I'll do that tomorrow night....
re: lil mikey
Thanks all for the tips! Unfortunately I had to depart before I saw your postings, but I will heed your advice at my next visit. Indeed it does seem like a good spot to put together a Bowl picnic. I ended up taking the recommendation of the 5-year-old post and had a pastrami sandwich, which was quite tasty!!