I have to agree. Jerry's has all the trappings of a great restaurant (locations, fantastically diverse menu offering a huge variety of deli food, counter service, some are 24 hours, and they deliver!), but the food just sucks. I think there was a time where it was okay, maybe even beter than okay (am I insane? Does anyone agree) - they had a pretty good matzo ball soup with a generous portion of chicken and a giant matzo bal- but that might have been 15 years ago - now it's chicken flavored saltwater. The kind of place where you give in a chance and it just fails you on such a spectacular level that you make a special bond to yourself - never again!
Stay away. Jerry's is terrible and really over priced. $15.95 for a Pastrami sandwich and $18.95 if you want it lean. Go to Brent's in Northridge for some of the best deli in LA. Their Black Pastrami Rubuen is to die for.
and Langer's near downtown L.A. for the best Pastrami on earth.
Both are worth the drive! You won't be sorry.
704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA 91324
I can help you on the what to avoid question. Jerry's Deli
If you need to eat in that shopping center for some reason then Nichols is a much better choice. If you want to eat somewhere casual in the Marina then Mendocino Farms is a good choice.
Jerry's Famous Deli
13181 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
4375 Glencoe Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
4724 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292