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BEST Lox & Bagel Plate - EVER!!

I had a Groupon for Plate 38 in Pasadena that was expiring yesterday. I needed to use it. So I arrived at 11am. After debating between breakfast and lunch, I decided to go for breakfast, since chances were I would be able to get there for lunch before I would be able to get back for breakfast.
My eyes settled on the L&B plate (actually, it was the fried capers that caught my eye). I placed my order (it does not usually come with cream cheese, but I ordered it with) and asked for extra capers. Iced tea and a fabulous-looking raspberry coffee cake muffin completed my order (the muffin is currently in my fridge waiting for morning). Came to $17 and change.
Took my number and chose an outside table. Plates arrived pretty quickly. On the smaller plate, a perfectly-toasted plain bagel and some butter and cream cheese, On the larger plate, beautifully displayed - very generous amount of salmon, three thin slices of cucumber, three slices of yellow heirloom tomatoes with the dream-inspiring fried capers (c'mon, I will usually order anything if it comes with capers, but FRIED??!! How can you go wrong? Well, here you can't!). Thinly-shaved red onion and a lightly-dressed arrugula salad. It was gorgeous.
But, the taste was even better! Seemed that the cucumbers were lightly salted and the fried capers were salted. The lox was delicious and there was plenty of it. It was perfection on 2 plates. I thought it a very good value at $9.75. Service was friendly. The place was busy - only about 5 tables were available when I left. I cannot wait to go back and try the roasted tomato soup with four cheese prosciutto panini. Hell, I cannot wait to go back and work my way through the menu. This will definitely be on top of my radar when I am thinking good food. I will also need to try the burger that Will Owen sang the praises of here recently. I cannot wait!!

http://www.plate38.com/

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Plate 38
2361 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

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  1. Wow. What a great story. (You must be a professional writer). Of course, now I absolutely must have some L&B this morning. Especially that today is Sunday. I'll have to find someplace on the Westside.
    Thanks for the review.

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    1. re: Baron

      Heehee. Thank you for the compliment, Baron. Alas, no, not a writer. My mom keeps telling me I should write something as she must seem to think I am a good writer (although I cannot, for the life of me, imagine when she has read something that I had written unless it was in grade, junior or high school!!). And that was a LOOONNNNNGGGGG time ago!
      Did you get to have L&B yesterday? Hope so!

    2. Ohhhhh. Fried capers AND a good quality lox? Must go. Must try.

      Thanks for sharing your happiness!

      1. I am a big fan of Brent's gigantic fish plater with Hand Cut Lox plus house made smoked Cod, Whitefish and Creamed Herring. Served with Cream Cheese, Potato Salad, Cucumber Salad, Coleslaw, 4 Bagels or, Tomatoes, Sliced Bermuda Onions, Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice, and “all the Coffee you can drink.” Very generous portions. Brunch for 4 easily.

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        Brent's Deli
        19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA 91324

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        1. re: wienermobile

          Yum! I grew up in the valley but for some odd reason, Brent's was kinda off the radar, even though I worked and hung out in Northridge an awful lot!

        2. Were the capers pan fried or deep fried?

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          1. re: granadafan

            I am not sure. They were crisp on the outside. I would venture to guess pan-fried as that was my first impression. However, I have made it my mission to find out. Will let you know once I confirm.

          2. Hi, thanks for the review... A question: you mentioned that the cream cheese had to be ordered separately; but when the bagel arrived on the smaller plate, it was accompanied by both a serving of butter and (ostensibly) a serving of the cream cheese you'd ordered to go with the bagel. So does that mean that their default/go-to spread for a bagel (with lox and tomato/onion/etc) is butter (when cream cheese is not ordered)? Seems like an odd default spread (butter) to be paired (flavor-wise) with lox and tomatoes and raw onion? Like you, i would opt for the cream cheese; but I'm wondering why the kitchen would feel that lox and raw tomato/onion goes well with butter...

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            1. re: silence9

              I know. The menu made no mention of either butter or cream cheese and that is why I asked about the cc (I did not mention butter at all). I just called them to ask. The guy who answered said that it should always come with cream cheese. Okay. Not butter. He was tring to figure out who the guy at the register is. Either way, it is no biggie. Thanks for asking since I now know that it SHOULD be coming with cream cheese!
              Granadafan: re: the capers. They are deep fried. OMG!! Deep fried and salted. WHOA!
              The guy on the phone told me that since I paid for cream cheese the last time, that he is going to give me a whole bowl of the capers the next time I go in! LOL!

              1. re: WildSwede

                Thanks for finding out about the capers. I have a whole jar of them and I'll try them out later. BTW, you're right. Lox ALWAYS go with cream cheese.