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Chopped liver in LA (or Langers--- yum or yech?)

Mr. Taster Oct 29, 2004 03:32 PM

The Langers discussion below in which I espouse the virtues of Langers chopped liver and others disagree, begs a question and a sub-question...

a) do you like the chopped liver at Langers?

b) where is the best jewish style chopped liver you've had in LA?

I'm really wondering if anyone who criticizes the chopped liver at langers has tried it recently, or more than just once. I once had the chopped liver at Pico Kosher Deli and it was so bland that I could hardly taste it. Langers always has a full bodied, rich flavor with nice contrast of sweet and salty.

Your take, fellow 'hounds?

Mr. Taster

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    LBQT Oct 29, 2004 03:44 PM

    I used to really like the chopped liver at Art's deli, but it's been many years since I've tried it. Brent's is too sweet for my taste. Katella Deli, down here in the LB/W OC area, is okay, but not stellar.

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      Chino Wayne Oct 29, 2004 04:53 PM

      Langer's is way too bland. Agree with you on Brent's. I used to like Canter's, but I have not had theirs in many years. The best in recent memory I had shipped in from New Jersey, and before everything, the best always came from Mom or one of my aunts.

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        Jerome Oct 29, 2004 05:40 PM

        For store bought, Art's was fine. I haven't beenin quite a while.

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          Hugh Lipton Oct 29, 2004 08:21 PM

          I really like Art's Deli's chopped liver but it is not chicken livers. No matter, because it tastes great. I need to add a touch of salt, but I buy a 1/4 lb with a water bagel and it's snack time with a bottle of wine (red or white, we're not getting picky here).

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          PayOrPlay Oct 29, 2004 03:44 PM

          Great question, and I would also suggest it is important to distinguish between those who like chopped chicken liver (which is what I was raised on) and those who prefer their hepatic delights of the bovine variety. (And for all I know there is some brilliant chef out there making chopped liver from other kosher animals such as buffalo, venison, or giraffe.) I have had a very hard time locating good chopped chicken liver in LA and would love to hear suggestions.

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            Woody Oct 29, 2004 06:15 PM

            I agree about Brent's. I love the place, but the chopped liver is too sweet. I prefer the chopped liver from Junior's on Westwood at Pico in West LA. It is as close to my mom's as I have had out here.

            BTW, if you love jewish cookies try the Victor Bene's cookies available at Vincente Foods and Gelson's. Yummy. As close to the Cedarhurst Bake Shop as I have found.

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              Nicky Oct 29, 2004 07:55 PM

              I don't like chopped liver, but my mom (Jewish from NYC, if that gives her more cred) likes Canter's for chopped liver. That's about all she likes from the highly mediocre Canter's these days. Even their danish are hit and miss now.

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                SpongeBobSquarePegs Oct 30, 2004 01:49 AM

                I really like Brent's, but yes it is very sweet, so if that isn't appealing to you, definately skip it.

                Jerry's/Solly's is truely horrible.

                Nate N'Al's is our local fav, but have not had Greenblatt's which some people think is the best.

                Maybe we should have a blind taste test, like the Chopped Liver Challenge?

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                1. re: SpongeBobSquarePegs
                  Chowpatty Oct 30, 2004 11:42 AM

                  I think Barney Greengrass is the best, then Nate 'n Als. But as much as Nate 'n Als reminds me of childhood, as much as Barney Greengrass is an occasional treat on someone else's dime, I'm not sure I want to be faced with a table full of chopped liver. Can we do the ice cream tasting instead?

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                  carter Oct 30, 2004 02:19 PM

                  As an additional suggestion, try Victor's Deli at Franklin and Bronson in the Beachwood Canyon area of Hollywood, as it is very good, and Bill Gotti, one of the owners, is formerly from Greenblatts, and also grew up in NYC and knows his chopped liver. The balance of their deli sandwiches are also well above average.

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                    Burger Boy Oct 30, 2004 03:46 PM

                    Gotti, uhm any relation???

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