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May 25, 2009 11:59 AM


Never my favorite place to dine, but in a pinch the Encino branch will do. I visited the Topanga branch for the second time and all I can say is NEVER AGAIN!
Our daughter had just returned from an extended overseas trip and was dying for chicken soup and a corned beef sandwich. DH and I wanted eggs, so it was a good compromise. This was a big mistake!

The service was abominable and most of the food was mediocre at best. In fact even their rye bread was lacking. We were never given water, drinks were brought w/o straws, the waiter had to be flagged down after fifteen mins to take our order, DH's corned beef hash was awful and when he flagged down the waiter to return it, the waiter seemed to know that it was "chewy". Why in heck did he let him order it in the first place? !!
We certainly won't return and suggest that you do the same!

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  1. Bad food and service at any Jerry's Deli is no surprise. I suggest Brent's deli to anyone looking for great deli food.

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    1. re: SIMIHOUND

      I agree about Brent's. Jerry's is okay if you are in the area and have no other choice, and "need" deli. It's open late, whereas Brent's isn't. But...Jerry's is very poor when compared to others, and especially Brent's.

    2. When sinful New York Jews die, they're consigned for eternity to Jerry's Deli.

      I'm sorry you had a bad experience... I haven't been back since I had to stop them putting eggs in an egg cream (that was the Westwood one).

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      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        Das- The worst situation was when I went to Rascal House on Miami Beach where my mother (RIP) lived. When I got there I saw a van from Jerrys Deli in the parking lot. I was speechless. I didn't think Rascal House was all that great in the final years but it was a monument in Miami Beach and a great place to hang out with family. Thank G-d they tore it down and (I think) built condo's. .

        1. I don't believe there IS a "Topanga branch" of Jerry's. Perhaps the OP is referring to the Jerry's store on Ventura Bv., just north of Topanga Canyon Bv., in the same shopping area as Western Bagel, Ralphs, Fatburger, etc.?

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          1. re: ozhead

            It's just east of Topanga, and I've only heard it called the "Jerry's on Topanga". One of the worse ones in the chain, too.

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            1. I'm with you on this one.
              Once a week, for many months, I have ordered to pick up a chicken curry salad.
              I love this salad. It's loaded with great chicken and almonds and raisins and it's huge.
              The curry dressing is wonderful.
              Just last week I did the same thing and was very disappointed to find they've downsized the portion. I hate it when restaurants do this. I'd rather they increase the price.
              This is the Jerry's across from Cedar's on Beverly.
              I'm deciding whether or not I want to order again.
              The salad was half the size and they've cut down on all the ingredients. The price remains the same.