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Jan 7, 2012 04:13 PM

Is there a good Jewish Deli in southbay near Torrance

My Mom is moving from Florida and the only place she ever
wants to eat is at Canters. She is 87 and no matter where I take her
she never likes the food (although she did like the rack of lamb at Musso and Franks).

She will be moving near my sister in Torrance (PCH) near Palos Verdes. The only
place I heard of that was passable was the New York(er?) Deli on Sepulveda.

Is there any other? Must have good chicken in the pot/matzoa ball soup, and good corn rye.

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    1. re: wienermobile

      Thanks for the honesty. I think someone would make a lot of money opening up
      such a place down there.

      1. re: wondr

        I live in the South Bay and when we want deli we go to Langer's or Brent's like we did this morning. Both are worth the drive. There was a pretty good Jewish Deil in Hermosa Beach but sadly they went bust in 2010.

        Langer's Delicatessen
        704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

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

      2. I'm on record (about 5 to 7 years ago) saying that New York Deli is great!

        They were great. And then they took a massive downhill slide in quality a few years ago. I stopped going. Period.

        It's worth the trek up the 110 to go to Langer's.

        P.S. No one would make a lot of money opening up a Jewish deli in Torrance. It's Torrance, after all...

        Joe Blowe
        Torrance, Calif.

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        1. re: Joe Blowe

          I read some comments on New York Deli. It seems the best choice without traveling 20 miles.
          I never heard of Billys (except the awful one in Glendale).
          My Mom doesn't care about pastrami, so if New York Deli doesn't work,
          I'll make the drive to Canters. She loves the chicken/beef in a pot.
          And, whenever I go there I order their broiled salmon, which is superior. (surprising for
          a deli). Although it doesn't have fancy sauce or prep; it is fresh tasting and delicious.
          (It's as good as the salmon steak was at Musso and Frank's before they changed to filet of salmon). So, we always leave happy.

          1. re: wondr

            Nate "n Al's makes a great Chicken in the Pot. They'll make it any way you want. With noodles, without noodles, with matzo balls, without, white meat only, etc. I was really really sick a few years ago and the Nate 'N Al's Chicken in the Pot along with a slice of their double baked rye provided great sustenance. It was the ultimate comfort food. They also make excellent chopped chicken liver, if she likes that.

            1. re: maudies5

              When I worked in the area I used to always go there for turkey wings.
              That was a long time ago. It's just so far from Pacific Coast Highway in Torrance.

        2. Has anyone here been to Billy's lately?

          5160 W 190th St, Torrance 90503
          (At Anza Ave)

          I haven't been in years.

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          1. re: DrBruin

            The Torrance Billys doesn't even know what "chicken in the pot" is.

            1. re: wondr

              Oh ok.... well, it's best you avoid this place since it's the same owners as the Glendale Billy's.

              1. re: DrBruin

                Actually, the last time I took my Mom, (a long time ago) the one in Glendale at least served chicken in the pot which wasn't bad. When I called the one in Torrance, they didn't even know what it was. And when I looked on the menu they had CHEESE BREAD!! And they served fried chicken with BUTTERMILK Batter!!!! OY.

                1. re: wondr

                  Well, it's not kosher and just because one person doesn't know what "chicken in the pot" is, wouldn't make me pan a whole restaurant. I'll admit, I just thought you were referring to chicken soup (either with noodles or matzoh balls, which is what it is, right?), which I know they have and it tasted okay. Anyhow, if you're really set on a place in Torrance, that's pretty much it... I didn't like New York Deli when I walked in there, which is the only other Jewish deli in Torrance that I'm aware of, (but admittedly, they used to have two locations like 2-3 blocks apart, which I found strange, and I may have walked into the one they've since shuttered). We used to have a Jerry's Deli in the Del Amo Mall but that closed down probably around a year ago. Say what you want about Jerry's Deli, they at least had a few decent things on their menu. Your best bet is to go to the some of the other Jewish delis listed in the replies. I like Langers but the hours stink and so does their parking situation. If they moved this place out of DTLA and stayed open later, I'm sure they'd make even more of a killing.

                  1. re: DrBruin

                    I was at Brent's in Northridge again yesterday morning about 9 AM and picked up some pastrami sandwiches to go. While not quite the equivalent of Langer's pastrami it is still a very, very good example of both pastrami and rye bread. And the room, the folks who work there and the general energy of the room are all top notch when it come to "Deli-dom." Folks were basically walking in and being seated, so no real wait time. Given all those factors, along with their very generous open hours, I call Brent's the best Deli in Los Angeles. I fervently wish I lived closer to Brent's, or better yet, it lived closer to me...

                    1. re: Servorg

                      Thanks for all the replies. I know about Brents and Langers, etc.
                      I was just hoping for something closer to Torrance.

                      1. re: wondr

                        Nate'N Al's in Beverly Hills is about 45 minutes closer toTorrance, than Brent's and your mother will be very pleased with the Chicken in a Pot.

                      2. re: Servorg

                        Servorg 100% agree with your comments about Brent's. Langer's for pastrami and Brent's for everything else. But don't forget Brent's amazing black pastrami Rueben.

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

                        1. re: Servorg

                          Broadway Deli did try (albeit, without great success)

                          1. re: maudies5

                            Broadway Deli (which had some redeeming features) is really so far removed from what Brent's is like that the concept of them both belonging to the wide world of deli's leaves me at something of a loss...Broadway Deli minded me much more of a place like Kate Mantilini...

                            1. re: Servorg

                              Broadway Deli dropped ice cold matzoh balls into hot chicken soup which made the soup almost instantly not hot soup.

                              The waitress also informed me that my grandmother;s method of actually serving hot matzoh ball soup was "wrong."

                      3. re: DrBruin

                        It's just that the Billys in Torrance doesn't serve the dish my Mom wants.
                        I've gone to Jerrys in Studio City. But if I'm going to drive my mom all that way, I'd just take her to Canters.

                        1. re: wondr

                          Wondr -- The is a deli called Roll N Rye in Culver City. They definitely have chicken in a pot and beef in a pot on the menu. I live nearby and go there once in a while, but not particularly often. I would not typically recommend it on this message board because it's not in Langer's or Brent's league.

                          It's okay, better than Jerry's, IMO, but that's about it.

                          I'm mentioning it here because from a driving standpoint, it's a lot closer to Torrance than Canter's.

                          Again, it's not a great deli, but it's got the dish you want and it's located a bit closer to where your mom will be living. Maybe worth a try?


                          1. re: PaulF

                            Thanks!! I'll try that. (No one seems to love Canters anymore, but my Mom does, so she is not that particular.) She might love this.

                            1. re: wondr

                              rollnrye is definitely an option. I have had food from there and it was aways good; not fabulous, but very very good. Excellent suggestion by PaulF.

                              1. re: wondr

                                Great. RnR is a bit of a Culver City institution. One of those places that sponsors the local youth sports teams and all that. It's been there forever.

                                LIke I said, it's good enough but it's not Brent's. Still, they do fine on breakfast, their soups are good ... if Canter's is your standard, it's good enough.