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Brisket--Brent's Deli or?

cjla Sep 11, 2009 04:47 PM

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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    Harry Nile Sep 14, 2009 01:45 PM

    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

    1. Golem Sep 14, 2009 11:56 AM

      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. Akitist Sep 14, 2009 08:53 AM

        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
          SIMIHOUND Sep 14, 2009 08:54 PM

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

        2. ipsedixit Sep 13, 2009 10:06 PM

          Try Tamarind.

          1. Baron Sep 12, 2009 05:32 PM


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              SIMIHOUND Sep 12, 2009 08:32 PM

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

              1. re: SIMIHOUND
                cjla Sep 13, 2009 09:25 PM

                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
                  Baron Sep 14, 2009 07:50 AM

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

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                allyoucanet Sep 12, 2009 10:34 AM

                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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                  davinagr Sep 12, 2009 05:49 PM

                  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.

                2. SIMIHOUND Sep 11, 2009 09:31 PM

                  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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                    estone888 Sep 12, 2009 09:39 AM

                    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.

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                    maudies5 Sep 11, 2009 08:03 PM

                    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.

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