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Brent's Deli in Northridge-overrated IMO

We just got back from Brent's Deli in Northridge. I had the roast beef au jus, and my spouse had the pastrami au jus. It was close to $30 for the two sandwiches (!)

The pastrami was OK, but not anywhere close to the massive portion I had expected from reading reviews on here. The roast beef was dry. The rolls were meh. And the au jus was just...not very good. The fries were a little sweet.

Never again -total rip-off. However the fruit salad, which I got instead of the cole slaw, was delicious, maybe because it was the only thing moist and juicy in my meal.

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  1. i'm an east coaster and don't think l.a. has ANY good deli but...if i had to pick a half way decent corned beef sandwich i would choose brent's. i think for the money it's at least sizeable also, their matzo balls are huge.

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    1. re: woofer

      I go to Brent's 4x's a month for dinner and general l I love all the food. Maybe its the sandwich you got that was the problem? Certain things are better than others and your tastes differ from mine I am sure. If get a sandwich I usually get the sky high or reuben. There are certain items on the dinner menu I prefer such as the short ribs, skirt steak, steak stir fry and some of the specials like chicken kabobs. I find the service excellent at all times. I see bus boys break their butts for me almost all the time. Yes, prices are up there but often too I order a full meal and that is good for 2 more meals. They are the only game in town as far as I am concerned for deli.

    2. While it certainly isn't terrible, consider me another Brent's non-believer (although I've only been once). I truly believe that those singing its virtues are those for whom it's geographically convenient. The plus was that the sandwich size was fairly substantial, compared to Langer's sometimes skimpiness.

      That said, I would drive a half hour to Langer's (or even Weller's). I wouldn't (and haven't) for Brent's.

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      1. No doubt, the pastrami at Brent's cannot compare to Langers, but I am not sure anybody's pastrami compares to Langers. So, if I rule out the pastrami, what would I order at Brent's? The two best things on the menu in my estimation are the matzo ball soup and the whitefish salad. It's that whitefish salad that is especially notable in my mind. Give it a try if you're willing to give Brent's a second chance.

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        1. re: glutton

          I had the matzo ball soup at Brent's. it was awful.

        2. I've never been to Brent's until last week and though i prefer Langer's pastrami sandwich, Brent's was good. I live in simi and there are few good spots and wish we had a Brent's.

          The only complaint i had was the side of coleslaw that came with my pastrami sandwich was small.

          I had the bleu cheese burger the next time and the side of fries that came with it was huge.

          The next time i had one of the triple decker sandwiches. I dont know who could eat more than a half. I usually sit at the counter at my on my lunch break and the service is always excellent. They always bring my drink and some pickles right away and take care of my check quickly.

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          1. re: dabruins07

            grabbed a cornbeef sandwich from Brent's yesterday -- was all amped because everyone always tells me how good it is. Have to say was disapointed, wasn't a bad sandwich, just wasn't everything it was hyped up to be. It was just a cornbeef sandwich, a little on the dry side, not too salty. Nate n Al's does a better sandwich in my opinion.

          2. i've been making the drive from the west side to brent's a few times a year for the last ten years. at first it was all it was cracked up to be. i enjoy the cabbage soup in particular....a bit sweet, but a hearty, delicious soup. the black pastrami rueben and everything else was always very good or better, including breakfast. the last few visits have been disappointing for parties of two and four. something just isn't the same anymore....and it's definitely no longer worth a 30 minute drive.

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            1. re: jay 1

              Maybe Brent's has changed? Because seriously, for $30 and all the great reviews I had read here I thought we'd be getting at least two meals each out of the two sandwiches.

              Instead, I had to force myself to finish my roast beef au jus, because I kept thinking $15 for THIS???

              And my husband, who is about the greediest man on Earth was left deeply unsatisfied by his pastrami au jus because of the price for the size and he just didn't like it.

              And the fries...skimpy in quantity and again, a little sweet.

              The pickles were good ;-)

              1. re: ValleyGal

                This breaks my heart to hear. I grew up with Brents Deli and all of my favorite memorable childhood meals come from here. Their corned beef on rye and matzo ball soup were so fabulous! And whomever said their whitefish salad was good is definitely correct as well - it is my dad's favorite thing in the world.

                I hope one day you will see all the delight Brents has given my family and me! :)

            2. I love their rye bread and used to go there often just to pick up a half loaf. One day I asked them if it was baked on premises or elsewhere; they gave me the name of the bakery (Delicious Bakery Nordhoff/Reseda, next to Vons) and now I don't really have any reason to go there. Their pastrami is just meh and I find their service (in the restaurant - the guys who work the deli counter are great) to be absolutely horrendous.

              1. I have been going to Brent's for years and have never had a bad experience. The food, service and portions are always top notch.

                1. Very Over rated!!!! and the service is terrible.