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Feb 8, 2012 08:21 PM

Unique Burger and Great Brisket Sandwich -- Victor's Deli

Found the place and ordered the burger. Counterguy scooped a handful of lean ground beef from the case, shaped it into a thick disc, made an indentation in the middle, poured in some of the braising liquid from the brisket, and sealed it up. Placed it on a skillet with a metal weight, got a good sear on each side. Plusses: Very beefy, well-seasoned, very tasty burger. Great value at $3.98. Minuses: Cheese unmelted, bun disintegrated, condiments (romaine lettuce, tomato, onion, four long slices of pickle) made the sandwich very difficult to eat. I'd get it again but ordered medium-rare and without the add-ons.

Went back today and ordered the brisket sandwich. A very nice serving of well-trimmed brisket, thick-sliced, tender, and beefy. Served on a section of a baguette-type roll with a quarter of pickle and a cup of au jus. Delicious sandwich, great value at $6.95. Next time will ask not to trim off all of the fat.

No, this is not Victor Jr.'s, which is further south and east. This is off of National, east and south of Westwood past where it turns left (across from Hu's) and then as it curves east and south with the freeway on the left -- just past where National makes another left under the freeway (at Palms) where you go straight, next to the Bob's on the right. A real new find, and great addition to my lunch rotation.

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  1. According to Yelp:

    Victor's Meats & Delicatessen
    4.0 star rating
    66 reviews Rating Details

    Categories: Meat Shops, Delis
    10002 National Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90034
    Neighborhood: Palms
    (310) 837-8401

    1. I've noticed that the Deli seems to have a separate name "Hello Deli" (An obvious play on Hello Dollly) that is separate from the meat market that is named Victor's. Directly on the southwest corner of Hughes and Exposition Blvd.

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      1. re: Servorg

        If anyone cares:

        According to the folks at Victor Jrs, there was a once a relationship between the two establishments. There is no longer, though I'm pretty sure they told me that VJrs still gets their meats from Victor's.

        Victor's is the butcher shop Culver City types recommend when you need some meat.

        I didn't realize they had a restaurant as well. Thought it was only a butcher shop.

        1. re: PaulF

          "I didn't realize they had a restaurant as well. Thought it was only a butcher shop"

          Same here. Didn't realize it (but always wondered about that name of "Hello Deli" which I noticed on my bike rides) until Nosh posted about his burger/brisket sandwich finds.

          1. re: Servorg

            Just to weigh in briefly - this is a take out counter - there are no seats and nowhere to eat onsite. They sell sandwiches and a few cooked items (rotisserie chicken, ribs, brisket) which I've seen people that seem like regulars from the neighborhood come in for. I've had the chicken and its good. Thanks to nosh for words on the other stuff - definitely a good option in the area to take and go.

            1. re: CulverJack

              Actually, they have two two-seat tables inside and two that are kept on the patio outside next to the parking. So you can eat there, which I've done very pleasantly.

              I agree that is is primarily a butcher shop, but their offerings are more extensive than just a "few cooked items." Besides hot and cold sandwiches with the usual accompanying salads, they offer meal plates with hot sides such as mashed and roasted potatoes, rice, vegetables, etc. Service is very personable and accommodating, though it can be slow since I've never seen more than two guys behind the counter and they take care to adjust things to order.