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REVIEW: Katella Deli

This review is especially for "Dedicated Fresser" and "ccPark10" who wanted to know about Katella Deli (on Katella in Los Alamitos, east of the 605, near the race track and "CCC").

Katella Deli is wonderful. The prices (though they've gone up a bit) are still reasonable for the quality and quantity of the food. This is good ol' fashioned comfort food like Grandma or a favorite aunt used to make. Stuffed cabbage rolls, corned beef, tender brisket, and lots of deli sandwiches (come very hungry!) including gefiltefish, lox, corned beef, roast beef, chopped liver (not for the squeamish!), etc. etc. etc. - lots of selections plus burgers, hot dogs, chili & soups, kishka, blintzes, noodle kugel.

And the breakfasts are also good and hearty. They serve breakfast ALL DAY. I would also call about 15-20 minutes ahead and ask them to put your name on the list if you are going on a Saturday or Sunday at dinner time, especially if you have a larger group. We have gone there for seven years now and never had a bad meal. Everyone we've taken has enjoyed it also. They do serve fish but I've never eaten it there. Too many other good selections.

Once in a while they will forget to bring you everything on the plate (had a newer waitress and she didn't know what all was supposed to be there, so don't hesitate to check the menu again if you think you're missing something). If you like dill pickles, they will bring some to the table complimentary. They also do special dinners at certain times of the year (Passover, St. Patrick's Day, etc.).

There are several areas to sit in - a counter, an area on the same level with booths and tables and room for family groups (this is the level they will seat you if your party has someone with a walker). There's also a bar area, additional lower level seating, and an enclosed patio seating. The service is usually good (watch out for the waitress with the hearing problem, though).

On the way out, it's family tradition (ours, anyway) to exit through the deli/bakery, even if we don't plan to buy anything. If you like bread heels (my daughter's favorite), they sell them by the bag for about $1.50. Also coffee cakes, "bobkas," specialty cakes and cookies galore. Skip the "bagel chips" - too hard/stale in my opinion. Good local place for birthday cakes. Hope that helps all of you who had questions.

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  1. I couldn't agree more!! I've been visiting Katella Deli for over 20 years, and always have a great meal!! The bakery is OUTSTANDING, especially the bagel chips (which they make on the premises!) . . . this is truly a gem and worth the drive . . . I'm just sorry they won't open another one further down in the OC for more people to enjoy!!!!

    1. I'm not sure I'd go so far as to call it a "gem". It's okay, but the good deli was Kaplan's. RIP I guess.

      1. thanx joani. appreciate the review. i'm definitely gonna give it a try.

        1. wow, it's so strange to see a review about this place here...i grew up with katelli deli! (and haven't been there since the 90s). i particularly remember being fond of their cinnamon bagel chips.

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          1. re: greengelato

            I don't think that their overall menu and food is that great, but they have the best oatmeal I've ever tasted, and their bakery is pretty good as well.

          2. The Katella was in the shopping center at Katella and Los Al Blvd (the center where the LA Fish Co. is now) in an old building when I moved to Los Alamitos in 1967- actually, it was where my family ate on move-in day. Being an OC boy, it was my first taste (of many) of a home-cooked Jewish deli meal. Kishke, knishes, blintzes, matzo ball soup, all new to me, and all good! Many warm memories of the old place, owners, and waitresses!

            I still visit when in the area- a little pricey, but still good, including the pastrami and the corned beef sandwiches. But I still think about the little old place, with its pale green exterior and homey interior...

            My apologies in advance for any misspellings on the food!