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Whats good at Greenblatt's?

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. . . besides the wine . . . .

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

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      Natalie in Los Angeles

      The chopped liver. Mmmmmm...

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      1. re: Natalie in Los Angeles

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

        1. re: lipps

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

      2. The pan fried chicken breasts are to die for.

        1. 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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            1. re: SARALEE

              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.

            2. 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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              1. re: PayOrPlay

                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.

                1. re: PayOrPlay

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

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

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

                    1. 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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                      1. re: Elaine

                        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.

                        1. re: 2chez mike

                          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.?

                          1. re: jcwla

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

                            1. re: 2chez mike

                              great location/so close to laugh factory

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

                            It's the best in town!

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                              1. re: jessejames

                                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").

                                1. re: Servorg

                                  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!

                                  1. re: jessejames

                                    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.

                                    1. re: Servorg

                                      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.

                                  2. re: Servorg

                                    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.

                                2. re: Stravinsky

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

                                  1. re: Stravinsky

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

                                    1. re: JudiAU

                                      So juicy. It has langers beat there.

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

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                                    1. re: JosephEBacon

                                      Yeah, sort of pounds the Jewishness out of it.

                                      1. re: Tripeler

                                        You expected something else from "Joey" Bacon?

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

                                        1. 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!