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ISO a REAL good deli

I grew up with Nate N Al's & Al's Deli in the Valley, now I live in Long Beach, I know there isnt anything in OC at least not what I would call a real deli, where is the CLOSEST real deli to me without having to go up past the airport???? I know it might be farther than I think but... anyone?!??!!

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  1. I have been looking at this post for four hours with no replies.....It's killing me.....Possibly there is no correct answer for you given the area you ask for. I need to say it..I have to say it...Its my CH duty, Go outside your area to Brent's Deli. They have two locations Northridge or Westlake Village. I go to Northridge (the original) You will not be dissapointed. Do a search for them on this site and you will come up with a bazillion posts. Most everything is great.

    http://www.brentsdeli.com/

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    1. re: SIMIHOUND

      There's the Roll & Rye in Culver City on Jefferson & Sepulveda - a couple of minutes from the 405. Maybe not up to Langer's or Canter's, but still a traditional deli and pretty okay.

      I was never bowled over by Brent's, so I don't know if you'd find the 90 mile roundtrip excursion worthwhile.

      1. re: SIMIHOUND

        Sad isnt it, I kept coming back to look also... :( Thanks for the additional option, unfortunately if I am going to travel that far I'll return to Nate n Al's..... I'm not a Jerry's fan nor am I a fan of the Katella Deli or Roll & Rye... Thanks everyone for the suggestions.... I guess thats what I get for living in a town without very many jews like myself...

        1. re: loreeLB

          Maybe time to give Katella Deli another try? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/491368

          1. re: loreeLB

            I used to live in Long Beach( 6yrs ago) and I'm Jewish too. I really loved Katella deli but only for certain items. There is nothing better than their Matza Ball soup when you're sick. I found their baked goods to be pretty tasty. I even ordered my law school graduation cake from them. Give it another try, you might be surprised.

        2. There's a Jerry's in Marina Del Rey. *Really* good? No, but it's better than the junk they pass off as pastrami at most places.

          1. I have not yet tried it but there were some favorable posts about Ken & Kent's in Hermosa:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/553463

            1. You might give Katella Deli a try and see what you think. At least you won't be driving too far from Long Beach to test drive it and the expense of Deli food makes it a low level risk to your savings.

              Katella Deli
              4470 Katella Ave
              Los Alamitos, CA 90720
              (562) 594-8615

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              Katella Deli-Restaurant
              4470 Katella Ave, Los Alamitos, CA 90720

              1. Have you been to Junior's on Westwood and Pico Blvds? It's not anywhere near Long Beach but if people are suggesting Jerry's in Marina Del Rey (blech), you should drive the extra 15 minutes to Junior's. (http://www.jrsdeli.com/

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                In the interest of full disclosure, I haven't been there for a meal in a few years but I have always loved their food in the past and a friend just brought over desserts from there which were really good. I think they're better than Canter's (but can see how that point is debatable).

                1. nate 'n als in beverly hills is closer than brent's, and, in my opinion better .

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                  1. re: westsidegal

                    even better is brent's deli

                  2. So, in the south bay... for more of a jewish deli, there is Ken and Kent's... billy's in torrance.... new york deli in torrance.... have you tried those? for an italian deli, there is guiliano's in torrance.

                    I've only been to Billy's... and it reminds me of the deli's I grew up with... overstuffed sandwich, pickle, and cole slaw packed in plastic mini-cup, on a white plate.

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                    1. re: DrBruin

                      They need a deli, desperately, in the east-side. Billy's in glendale is alright and Langers hours too erratic and too far.. I know we're in a recession, but I think a good deli would do great in the hood -- lotsa boho jews here.