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Canter's Redux

Fine Jan 20, 2009 07:47 PM

Won't beat this dead horse but felt compelled to post as follows:

To hostess--Gee, may we please be seated in main dining room; it's kind of out of the way in here? Certainly!

At deli counter--May I please get a taste of turkey pastrami; I've never had it. Sure! (Followed by a huge sample)

To waiter--Do you think I could get a Reuben made with turkey pastrami even though it's not on the menu? Yes, of course!

I usually drink Dr. Brown's Cherry but after so many hours in car, decide to order a martini and ask for an extra olive. Forgot to say extra dry, but a perfect martini soon arrives with three giant olives; waiter smiles and say he thought two wouldn't really be enough.

Is there any sweet-hot mustard? Absolutely.

Pickles--perfect in texture and doneness, for our taste--down to two; waiter drops off another plate, without being asked.

Both pastrami sand and Reuben more than adequate, as were potato salad and cole slaw; experience--sooo warm and welcoming.

BTW: There's been such a dramatic change in ethnic representation--from mostly older, often-Russian women to a UN's selection of race and nationality (as well as many more males)--I couldn't help wondering if there'd been a lawsuit. Amazingly, all the new servers and counter folks we dealt with had the same friendly, "of course" approach, never mind flawless pronunication of Hebrew and Yiddish items!

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  1. sbritchky RE: Fine Jan 20, 2009 10:23 PM

    What a great post -- thanks, Fine!

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      bubbles4me RE: sbritchky Jan 20, 2009 10:27 PM

      I stayed off the Canters bashing post that was just running but I have always liked the food, not stellar but it is a deli for God's sake....the pickles...perfect!

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      schrutefarms RE: Fine Jan 21, 2009 12:54 AM

      Sooo happy to see a Canters-liking, as opposed to a Canters-bashing post! Maybe it's just nostalgia, or the fact that I didn't grow up in NYC...But I love Canters!!! I think the pastrami is great, I crave the potato knishes, and the chocolate florantine cookies are my favorite in the whole wide world...

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        Food Boy RE: schrutefarms Jan 21, 2009 07:18 AM

        I eat at Canter's twice a month, I almost always have a good experience with the servers and the food. Great place to sit at the counter and watch the action, nice people.

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        The Old Man RE: Fine Jan 21, 2009 08:18 AM

        What kind of a post is this? Where's the hate?

        We always like Cantor's and rate it about 90% for consistancy. If you like it one day, you will probably like it another.

        Come down to the deli wasteland of San Diego and you might even accept Jerry's! (Not me however.)

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          MARGOTINEZ RE: The Old Man Jan 21, 2010 03:02 PM

          Have you tried D Z Akins, off 70th south of Highway 80? We were nostalgic for Canter's until finding this!

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          Hackenbush RE: Fine Jan 21, 2009 08:29 AM

          Another positive vote for Canter's. I've had nothing but good experiences there lately.

          1. Will Owen RE: Fine Jan 21, 2009 10:31 AM

            I've always enjoyed our trips to Canter's, no matter with whom. Yes, I have gotten a couple of plates I somewhat regretted, but you really have to play to a restaurant's strengths, and (as has been said at least twice on this thread) it's a DELI, awreddy!

            1. Golem RE: Fine Jan 21, 2009 11:21 AM

              I'll give it (yet) another try, next time I'm nearby. Wife is the daughter of a deli man, so she's the one they need to please (I'm easy).

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                SoCal Foodie RE: Fine Jan 21, 2009 01:47 PM

                Nice post! I've been going to Canter's for decades and have always enjoyed their pastrami, corned beef, home fries, pickles, and baked goods!

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                  oro3030 RE: Fine Jan 21, 2009 03:33 PM

                  I love Canter's. Yeah I have had better deli food but I have also had a lot worse. Most of all, it's the only deli that seems to still be a vibrant institution and not a museum of a dying culture.
                  Those black and white cookies are pure nostaligia for me.

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                    Fine RE: oro3030 Jan 25, 2009 06:37 PM

                    Oops--my better half reminded me that the pickled herring in sour cream was extraoridnary and deserving of special mention.

                  2. katydid13 RE: Fine Jan 25, 2009 07:51 PM

                    Yes, it really depends on what you get. It's the best matzoh-ball soup I've had outside of the old 2nd Ave Deli in NYC. On the other hand, the other soups I've tried were straight-out-of-the-can scary.

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                    1. re: katydid13
                      Hackenbush RE: katydid13 Jan 25, 2009 10:08 PM

                      Try the Split Pea Soup, which they serve on Wednesdays only.

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                        The Old Man RE: Hackenbush Jan 26, 2009 09:09 AM

                        I always get a cup of sweet and sour cabbage, but I doctor it:
                        1 dash Tabasco sauce (not enough to make it hot)
                        1 tsp. ketchup (helps gives body)
                        pinch of sugar (to help sweeten vinegar in the Tabasco)

                        My daughter LOVES the matzo ball soup and it's better than the bowl she had a the Carnegie Deli (N.B. it was the Las Vegas branch).

                    2. Fryboy RE: Fine Jan 26, 2009 09:15 AM

                      Never had a bad meal at Canters. Which can't be said about Jerry's Deli.
                      I recommend the macaroni & cheese. My wife and I split it as a side. The french fries are also great.

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                        Will Owen RE: Fryboy Jan 26, 2009 10:22 AM

                        Dang, dude - you just gave me the very wicked notion of mac'n'cheese with a side of fries! Yeow!

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