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blackbookali May 31, 2006 09:10 PM

. . . besides the wine . . . .

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    crocodileguy Nov 17, 2013 01:53 PM

    Matzo Ball Soup is the best in town IMO with all the schmaltzy goodness infused into the ball, and the chicken vegetable soup is also amazing by itself (the basis for the matzo ball soup); I love the Brisket and Egg Noodle dinner, too!

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      VenusCafe Nov 16, 2013 05:42 AM

      For me it used to be the shrimp salad. Way good, but gone now.

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        JosephEBacon Nov 14, 2013 09:02 PM

        I like their Reubens. Especially when they put Gruyere cheese on it!

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          Tripeler Nov 15, 2013 03:13 AM

          Yeah, sort of pounds the Jewishness out of it.

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            Servorg Nov 15, 2013 04:21 AM

            You expected something else from "Joey" Bacon?

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              jessejames Nov 15, 2013 09:37 AM

              i dont understand

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            Stravinsky Nov 12, 2013 12:29 AM

            Man, no orders the pastrami at Greenblatt's???

            It's the best in town!

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              jessejames Nov 12, 2013 06:31 AM

              It's great I agree

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                Servorg Nov 12, 2013 06:40 AM

                I guess there needs to be a Greenblatt's, Brent's, Langers and Labels Table pastrami off...It's a tough job but someone has to do it (and maybe throw in Lenny's and Weiler's as part of a "control group").

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                  jessejames Nov 12, 2013 06:46 AM

                  Yeah good problem to have. I love labels but to me the pastrami (not brisket) a bit below langers and greenblatts. I was surprised by how good greenblatts was the last few times I've been there. Certainly zero reason to go to canters. For la I gotta go with langers pastrami then greenblatts. Gotta try Brent's!

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                    Servorg Nov 12, 2013 06:56 AM

                    Maybe we could have a "price dependent" and a "without regard to price" ranking. I just think that Langer's is excellent (the thicker cut really hits the mark) and their rye bread sends it over the top.

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                      jessejames Nov 12, 2013 07:01 AM

                      Price dependent is ez. Labels. To me langers may be more expensive but in scheme of things 25 bucks egg cream fries sandwich relatively cheap meal compared to other restaurants and always bullseye.

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                    carter Nov 13, 2013 09:15 AM

                    Might also want to include Victor's Restaurant on Bronson @ Franklin, across from Gelson's.
                    The owner worked at Greenblatt's for nearly 20 years, prior to opening Victor's.
                    Sandwiches are very good.

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                  TonyC Nov 13, 2013 10:41 AM

                  i do. it's fantastic, even if they don't cure it in-house.

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                    JudiAU Nov 13, 2013 09:17 PM

                    Pastrami is actually much better now than in the past. Not sure what they changed. It isn't Langers but very reliable.

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                      jessejames Nov 13, 2013 09:29 PM

                      So juicy. It has langers beat there.

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                    Elaine Jun 1, 2006 03:40 PM

                    I agree that this is a very good place. Spent a lot of time here before and after screenings at the Directors Guild.
                    The food was always good. I like the half sandwich/cup of soup option. Stuffed cabbage is pretty good, too. And it's pretty great to be able to have a glass of Turley zinfandel with a pastrami on rye!

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                      2chez mike Jun 1, 2006 04:00 PM

                      I once ordered a pastrami sandwich there and watched in disbelief as the guy behind the counter sliced the pastrami then microwaved it to heat it up. That was ten years ago. I've never been back.

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                        jcwla Jun 1, 2006 05:55 PM

                        Yeah, I've sort of been surprised by the favorable responses. Wasn't there a thread about a month ago where the consensus was this place is one of the worst in L.A.?

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                          kiwi Jun 1, 2006 06:23 PM

                          If there was a thread, I missed it. Would you mind seeing if you can find it?

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                          jessejames Nov 12, 2013 06:31 AM

                          Not true from my experience

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                            jessejames Nov 12, 2013 11:21 AM

                            great location/so close to laugh factory

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                          jengen Jun 1, 2006 02:12 PM

                          I think that they have one of the best tuna melts in L.A.

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                            elisha Jun 1, 2006 06:44 AM

                            I once had the best chocolate blackout cake there. anyone try that lately? where do you think they get it?

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                              PayOrPlay Jun 1, 2006 02:39 AM

                              Nice to read all these positive comments. I used to frequent Greenblatt's years ago but after some mediocre experiences, it dropped out of my regular rotation (although remaining a nice source for well-selected wine deals). It's mentioned so rarely here on the Chowboard that I assumed most others felt the same way. If it's still good, I wonder why it fell out of the consensus deli pantheon (Brent's, Langers, Nate-n-Als, plus Art's and Canter's for the traditionalists and Barney Greengrass for the tragically hip)?

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                                Davina Jun 1, 2006 11:10 AM

                                I used to go often as I had a client nearby, loved the corned beef reuben and matzo ball soup, however stopped going because the service is so bad and it takes forever to get in and out of there. The food is good though IMO.

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                                  goldpackage Nov 16, 2013 03:49 PM

                                  I for 1 think it's better than all of those deli's with the exception of langers for the pastrami.

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                                  SARALEE Jun 1, 2006 02:23 AM

                                  LA's BEST rare lean roast beef..we drive all the way from Santa Monica just to buy 2 pounds of it and a loaf of egg bread. YUMMM!!! It lasts 2 days!

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                                    goldpackage Nov 15, 2013 08:50 PM

                                    +1 on the roast beef!

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                                      jessejames Dec 5, 2013 10:49 AM

                                      you know, i was thinking of you sara when making a big order recently and we got some of the roast beef -- man you are right. All pink so rare and perfect. it didn't even make it to the bread.

                                      i still think that pastrami is the juiciest in town, has that nice bacon-y fat stripe and can stand up to (gasp) langers.

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                                      stuartontour May 31, 2006 10:29 PM

                                      The pan fried chicken breasts are to die for.

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                                        Natalie in Los Angeles May 31, 2006 09:27 PM

                                        The chopped liver. Mmmmmm...

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                                          lipps May 31, 2006 10:05 PM

                                          Second the chopped liver
                                          and the egg salad
                                          and most of the sandwiches
                                          This place is shockingly good and has been for years.

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                                            SoCalMuncher Nov 12, 2013 06:20 PM

                                            I like the chopped liver, too.
                                            I also remember liking the cheesecake.

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                                          GoBlue May 31, 2006 09:25 PM

                                          Tripledecker #2 -- Turkey & Pastrami w/ cole slaw & russian dressing.
                                          Unbelievable.

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