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Sep 11, 2009 04:47 PM

Brisket--Brent's Deli or?

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?