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Brisket--Brent's Deli or?

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I'd like some brisket this weekend. Yes, I can trek to Northridge (or anywhere, if it's good enough!) for some brisket.

Any suggestions?

I live in Glendale, and work in the Miracle Mile area, but really, for good deli, will go where my stomach (and your gentle words) lead me.


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  1. My go-to-place for great brisket is Nate 'n Al's in Beverly Hills. That lean brisket on double-baked rye with cole slaw is my favorite sandwich in the world.

    1. I am as big a fan of Brents as anyone but their brisket is just ok. I order it because I like what it comes with which is kishka, farfel and a potato pancakes (latkes). If those things combined with just ok brisket is good enough for you then head on over. If not head elsewhere. I live in Simi so I don't get out much to other deli's.

      How about Billys? I keep hearing about it and I believe it is in Glendale.

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      1. re: SIMIHOUND

        I tend to prefer bbq brisket to deli brisket, so I like Bludso's in Compton. But I have sampled many deli briskets and in my opinion Billy's is among the very worst I have ever tasted. It is dry and flavorless.

        I have tried Billy's numerous times because I very much want to like it. I love the waitresses there. The pickles on the table are good. The place has a deli atmosphere that I like. I live in Silverlake and am in Glendale often. So I want to like Billy's. But I just don't. I think it is awful.

      2. You're in luck! The best brisket in LA is from Big Mista's and they are at the Atwater farmer's market every Sunday from 11am-2pm...behind the Wells Fargo on Glendale Blvd. Not much space to eat there, so take it home and ENJOY.

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        1. re: allyoucanet

          I concur about Big Mista's for BBQ Brisket. I read all the raves about them and gave them a call to cater a lunch at work. They were the biggest hit ever. Also on a sidebar the absolute BEST homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes. Nice people too.

          1. re: Baron

            Correct me if I am wrong but I think the OP wanted deli style brisket since they mentioned Brent's.

            1. re: SIMIHOUND

              Correct! I've eaten, and enjoyed BBQ brisket--but this time I had a hankering for deli style brisket. Much like Estone888, I've tried Billy's on several occasions, but I really don't care for it.

              Thanks for the suggestions so far, and let me know if there's any other places I should check out.

              1. re: SIMIHOUND

                Is not Langers the ultimate in deli - pastrami, corned beef and brisket?

              1. I'm not big on deli food but did enjoy the brisket at Art's on Ventura Blvd. On a hard roll, side of juice, if that matters. Can't say much for the slaw, though that may be a personal preference.

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                1. re: Akitist

                  Art's is a constant dissapointment. Below average food. Bad service and overpriced. No parking. What is to like?

                2. You're right, Brent's brisket is the best in LA. [in my most 'umble opinion] Deli brisket is different from bbq or other kinds of brisket, and it doesn't get any better than Brent's.

                  The nice thing is that you 've gotten a few good recommendations from others about delis, and if you really want, you can try them all. Bon appetit!

                  1. This slender thread makes an Italian boy homesick for Chicago and its deep bench of Jewish delis. Brent's is very good -- I've been eating leftovers from them the last two nights and still have half a great eclair -- but they're a lonely grandmother in a great big kitchen. I, too, prefer Big Mista's BBQ brisket to 99% of the deli brisket in Los Angalus, my home town. Of course, for "deli brisket" you could substitute almost any dish from any cuisine, and that statement would still be true! -Harry Niletti