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Gentleman's Butchershop & Delicatessen (a very mini-review)

This is a mini-review, based on a first impression, first time visit.

Gentleman's Butchershop & Delicatessen is located at the corner of Hughes and National. I'm not sure if that's Mar Vista or Palms or what. Probably Palms. It's next door to both The Coop pizzeria and Bob's Market.

Gentleman's Butchershop & Delicatessen was formerly called Victor's and at one time there was a relationship between Victor's and Victor Jr's restaurant near Sony. I don't know if there is any relation between Victor's and Gentleman's.

We stopped in on a whim, needing some meat to go with some homemade spaghetti sauce I made. (My kids tend to eat the meatballs and sausage out of the sauce and we end up sauce left over.)

They had some good looking sausages in the counter, but no Italian sausage. When we asked, they said no problem and the counterman quickly made 2.5 pounds of sausage for me -- the meat was already prepared, he just put it into the casings. So, it was very fresh. We also bought some rolls to make sandwiches.

Sausages were very good, very juicy, very well spiced. These were on the milder side, so not "hot Italian sausage." I fried them up and added them to the sauce. They were 5.99 per pound. The rolls were .99 apiece. Soft inside, crusty outside. Not the world's greatest rolls, but definitely good enough, convenient and just fine.

That's all we tried but we vowed to go back. Some good looking items in the counter, including some Korean short ribs that we plan to try, some ready to cook meatloaf and fresh chicken.

They also make sandwiches and have some deli salads and so on. I'm not sure of the whole sandwich menu, but the guy did mention offhand that they don't make a marinara for their sandwiches (I was telling him that I had leftover sauce for sandwiches), he said, because they don't want to compete with The Coop next door on that.

They've been open about six/seven weeks.

Anyway, thought I'd mention it as I like to see quality neighborhood places survive. I can only speak to one, quick visit but thought others might like to check it out.

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  1. Thanks for the write up. I remember that butcher shop from when I tried the Coop a few years back. I was never that impressed with the few Coop's pizzas I tried, but I forgot about that butcher shop. Thanks for the report, I'm going to have to check it out.

    1. I don't know if the older Gent who owned Victor's retired or sold out but I believe it changed hands not too long ago. Its the place where Dommy and i would get our fresh Shelton Birds for Thanksgiving, bones for stock and where I'd get brisket for Corning. In the past I'd not seen much in the way of Prime Beef. I do think the new folks are trying to bring the place to a new Level. It is on my list to visit once our freezer is a little clearer.

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      1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

        I ran into you and Dommy during my first, and only visit to the place. Tried the BBQ being cooked up by the guy in the parking lot, chatted with him for a bit, apparently he's a BBQ enthusiast, and BBQ s in the parking lot on Saturdays..

        Looks like the people there are serious and committed to high quality. Normally I drive all the was to the old Farmer's Market when I want something for a special meal, but I'll be giving this place a shot.

      2. Just went there for the first time in a couple years and saw the change. Seems cleaner than Victor's, although they had a B rating. Normally don't patronize under an A but I needed some ground beef for burgers. Decided to buy two rib-eyes and have them ground. Best home burgers I have had in a long time, and I have used
        steaks for burgers previously. Also bought their potato salad, which I liked a lot, and one of the vegetable salads. Good, too. I will be back but I hope that rating gets to an A soon.

        15 years ago, the Coop was one of our favorite pizzas. Something changed a long time ago and we stopped going.

        1. Went here today and had a sandwich before shopping. Super great friendly people. They even have an aging case by the front for the steaks.

          On their recommendation, I got their brisket sandwich. Huge sandwich for only $9. Comes with a side of potato salad, mac salad or coleslaw. Sandwich has horseradish mayo and swiss cheese. Meat was tender, juicy and very tasty. The bread was a soft roll, I wish it had just a bit more softness and chew but it held up fine without falling apart. I only ate half it was so big and meaty.

          Picked up some of their house made sausages. Place is super clean, old school butcher shop.

          The hot foods selection looked great. They had the brisket, pulled pork, rotisserie chicken, some sides. They also will make hot or cold sandwiches to order.

          Owned by an older Korean gentleman working the register. A younger guy was the one handling all the orders. I hope this place thrives, would love to have a good butcher around.

          Picture of sandwich attached.

           
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          1. re: Jase

            Glad to hear you liked the brisket.... I can't get past their corned beef when they have it!

            --Dommy!

          2. I replied almost a year go, that this place was good but had a B Health Dept. rating. I drove by a couple days ago - a B rating proudly displayed on the window. I don't think the Health Dept. waits that long to reinspect after a rating less than A, do they? It's a meat place. It must I be an A. Guess I won't bother again, anyway.

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            1. Way over due for a return. We still love this butcher shop, although they are really slanting towards the prepare food side (which makes sense, they were busy on a Monday afternoon with the metro construction workers and locals from the nearby apartments). A lot of times, we need to call ahead for their butcher side just to make sure they have what we need. And they are doing less and less of their own dry aging. :(

              Still, I was in the area and feeling like a sandwich. They close on Sundays, so on Mondays they have all fresh stuff and when it comes to their prepared options, they are stepping up their game...

              Ribs, Smoked Turkey, brisket, pulled pork, and pastrami.

              http://i.imgur.com/G8tkAKV.jpg

              I just had to get that pastrami. It was nice and lean with a good fat cap.

              I got a plain ole pastrami sandwich with everything. So it wasn't traditional, nor was it a ruben. And it was SO good. The spicing was right not. Not as tender as Langers, but I actually liked it better than wexlers in terms of flavor.

              http://i.imgur.com/5hTOHCv.jpg

              But my favorite new thing there is their Mac and Cheese. They make it in house and use a GREAT quality cheddar so it tastes really cheesy. For steam table mac and cheese the noodles have good tooth and the BEST part is that since it's near all the smoked meats, it has this touch of smokey flavor on its own. If there is one criticism is that it's a bit too rich. But by far it's one of the best Mac n Cheeses I've had in recent memory (and I tend to eat a lot of the stuff).

              http://i.imgur.com/MbzaztH.jpg

              --Dommy!

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              1. re: Dommy

                I'm going there today.

                We've been loving their merguez and their bratwurst. I'm picking up four of each today for dinner tonight.

                1. re: Dommy

                  is there actually meat n the mac cheese ????

                  or just smokey from behind next door to all those delicious meats ????

                  i'm presuming this a dtla joint ?????

                  thanks.

                  1. re: kevin

                    It's in Culver City (or Culver City adjacent).

                    10002 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034
                    (310) 837-8401

                    Used to be called Victor's.

                    It's next to The Coop pizza place, where National, Hughes and Exposition sort of come together.

                    1. re: PaulF

                      Across from the KFC turned pot dispensary ?????

                    2. re: kevin

                      No meat in the Mac n Cheese. It's just picking up the smoke coming off the freshly prepared meats.

                      1. re: Dommy

                        ooooh that sounds great.

                        i'll pick some up now that i know it's veggie and is located somewhat on my side of town.

                        thanks guys.

                    3. re: Dommy

                      Yeah, we're long overdue as well. Most of their sides are very good. They're quick to offer samples too. I only wish they'd be more generous with the smoke on those types of items.

                      1. re: bulavinaka

                        My favorite if their salads is the sliced cucumbers in rice wine vinegar. They are like Asian bread and butter pickles!

                        --Dommy!

                      2. re: Dommy

                        Hi Dommy,

                        that mac & cheese looks delish. :>

                        What's your favorite mac & cheese in the LA area?

                        1. re: chowseeker1999

                          I should note I like creamy mac and cheese, those baked bechamel ones I don't like at all.

                          Right now, my favorite is at the Must, with the Goldfish toppings (Although I wish that the gold fish topping was broiled a bit)

                          I also really like the one at Horsethief, Pitfire Pizza and Koo Koo Roo.

                          Most of the other I've tried recently (Dulans, Mama Joans, Flossies) have been bland, mushy and/or dry.

                          --Dommy!

                          1. re: Dommy

                            Dommy,

                            Have you ever tried the Mac & cheese at baby blues BBQ? Dare I say some of the creamiest and tastiest I've ever had......

                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                              YEARS ago. I'll have to refresh my memory...I remember having an amazing creamy version at a BBQ place, Not baby blues... but I think it was Woodys (Definately not bludsos).

                              But now I'll have more of my lunch times free so I'll have to go do a refresher... heh... ;)

                              --Dommy!

                              1. re: Dommy

                                I haven't been back in a while either....but still remember that Mac & cheese...even taken to go and surviving the 30 min trip back to the house...it was still a creamy dream....they must make a double batch of the sauce for each lb of macaroni.

                              2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                that mac n cheese was good.

                                i hate the mac n cheese usually that has parmesan on the top and absolutely detest the ones with béchamel on top, if it's too creamy i'm not a fan.

                                i like the flavor of a great mac n cheese without it being excessively creamy.

                                i like pan's too.

                                i like phillip's bbq.

                                bludso's makes a good one.

                                so does flossie's in my opinion, though their candied yams and collard greens are where it's at.

                                1. re: kevin

                                  when someone improves on kraft let me know--give me a box of that some fish sticks and reruns of fantasy island

                                  1. re: jessejames

                                    reruns of three's company for me.

                                    give me some of the fish and chips from Golden state instead, like four orders and

                                    and few manhattans and i'm good to go. and maybe a pack of shimmelpennick's if the feeling happens to arise at the time.

                                    1. re: kevin

                                      cheers, mash...

                                      fond memories of mac n cheese/tv dinners with different strokes, facts of life, love boat then fantasy island

                              3. re: Dommy

                                thanx Dommy! I'll have to check those out and report back.