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Aug 5, 2008 10:14 AM

Best Jewish Deli - Southern Orange County

I live in north coastal San Diego county. The Jewish delis in San Diego suck, suck, suck!
On occasion, I happen to be in southern Orange County. Are there any Jewish delis in the area that Chowhounds could recommend?

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  1. AFAIK there is still P.J. Bernstein's, in Mission Viejo right off the SB side of I-5 at Alicia Parkway (behind the Auto Club's building). Used to be pretty decent, good breakfasts and somewhat known for their smoked fish. I haven't been in several years though.

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    1. re: mikester

      Everything is the same but, the name which changed several years ago to Manhattan Deli Bar & Grill.

      1. re: JAB

        Manhattan Deli Bar and Grill lost their lease and the building's been razed. No clue what's going to be built in its place. I will miss their sandwiches, that's for sure.

        1. re: Bogey153

          Wow, I had no idea. I've got to see this for myself tomorrow.

    2. It has gotten a little bizarre since it was bought by a group that owns Italian restaurants, but The Harbor Deli (in Dana Point Harbor) still has a breakfast and lunch Jewish deli menu that I've found to be better than Manhattan Deli. In the evening I think you can still get many deli sandwiches. I took out a pastrami on rye the other night and it was the same quality pastrami as ever, though my favorite beef/barley soup was no longer offered (at least that day) and split pea wasn't what I was looking for.

      It's gone through a few ownership changes and tried morphing into a part-deli/part Italian in the evenings in the last year or so. I'm hoping some of the posters who used to recommend it will post here with recent experiences. My business hours have kept me from trying it (other than that takeout) since just after the changes, so I can't really speak to how it may be overall these days. If it's still good it's a hidden gem.

      Anyway...... if you're open to trying it, it's in Dana Point Harbor, next to the Jolly Roger, where the boats leave for Catalina. You take Golden Lantern all the way 'til it ends, bear left and go into the last lot you get to.

      1. a little further North, (Los Alamitos) and there is Katella Deli near the horse track...I think it is pretty good...crowded but pretty damn good for these parts

        1. The Kosher Bite in Laguna Hills is exactly what you are looking for.