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Nov 25, 2013 03:48 PM

Brents Deli, Northridge

Greetings LA hounds. I'm coming down from the Bay Area at the end of next week and going to a concert at CSUN. I thought dinner at Brent's would work for the time frame/locale. BUT--I ate there on a visit a few years ago (had the Black Pastrami Reuben as recommended by several posters at that time) and was frankly underwhelmed. Too much gristle on the sandwich and I was disappointed with the service provided to a me as a solo diner.

I'm willing to give it another try, but thought I'd stick to more basic fare. I love Katz's pastrami sandwich (I have yet to revisit Langers, haven't been there since I lived in LA 30 years ago and it's on my bucket list for future trips to LA) but don't want to risk disappointment. I'm also considering an order of latkes, since Hanukkah will just be over on that date. My adult son will be with me as he lives in Santa Clarita and is occasionally in that part of the Valley so thought I'd get Brent's into our restaurant rotation.

Any thoughts, recommendations? I can't get great deli in Santa Clarita or even where I live, and really want to love Brent's. It would definitely feed my soul, as well as my stomach, if you get what I mean. My health might suffer in the short term but what the heck.

Many thanks!

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  1. I have had that sandwich 20+ times, and only one time did I ever get gristle. Maybe yours was just a bad, one-off experience. I had that happen to me at Oinkster. Everyone raves about the pastrami and I got a gristle sandwich. If you aren't willing to take another chance on it (understandable), I find their breakfast menu to be delightful.

    Last week, my mom got a spinach and mushroom omelette that looked like something out of a magazine. And she said it tasted as good as it looked.

    I had the Brent's Special Eggs Benedict, which is regular EB with avocado. It was a total splurge and worth every bite.

    The chili cheese omelette is solid, as well.

    My mom is fan of their burgers. They always look amazing and juicy.

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    1. re: Jelly71

      I love the Black Pastrami Reuben having had that sandwich maybe thirty times. If you want a classic deli sandwich try the sky high corned beef or pastrami. You have your hot meats piled on the bread with cole slaw and Russian dressing (without cheese please). If you want other suggestions try the short ribs, sweet and sour cabbage (beef not chicken), Romanian steak is delicious also. If something isn't right please tell someone so they can make it right for you.

    2. In my humble opinion Langer's has the best pastrami in LA... but Brent's is the best all around deli in LA. I order the Black Pastrami Rueben often and have never had a problem. That's a great sandwich. They are very nice people…did you send the sandwich back? Did you tell them about the problem? Brent's also has a great smoked fish plater with Lox, BBQ (Cod that they make themselves) White Fish and Herring with four bagels. Serves four. A real treat and under & $45. Great Cabbage Soup too.

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      1. re: wienermobile

        No, I didn't send it back or report it, shame on me. I just kind of slunk out of there, figured it was a one-off and I was just unlucky. Haven't had a chance to go back til now. I really prefer a basic pastrami sandwich but had to order it after all the recs I read.

        Is there anything else really exceptional for dinner? The smoked fish platter looks good, I haven't had anything like that in a long time. I'll be hungry after my drive down I-5 that afternoon.


        1. re: alwayshungrygal

          Dinners at Brent's that I like:

          Potato Latkes
          Handcrafted Potato Pancake lightly fried to a deep golden brown . Served with Rich Sour Cream and our own Cherry Apple Sauce.

          Latke Blintz Sampler

          Grandma Eva's Noodle Kugel
          Sweet Jewish Casserole made with thin Egg Noodles, Rich Sour Cream, Low-fat Cottage Cheese, Cinnamon and Spices. Topped with a crunchy Cinnamon Crust. A warm generous serving.

          Stuffed Kishka and Farfel
          An old family recipe . Ground Fresh on the premises and grilled to perfection . Served over Tender Farfel.

          Beef Stuffed Cabbage or
          Chicken Stuffed Cabbage
          Our special blend of Fresh Ground Beef or Chicken. Wrapped in Tender Cabbage Leaves and covered in a Delicious Sweet and Sour Sauce.

          Fried Kreplach with Grilled Onions (2)
          Our own Homemade Kreplach, fried to a deep Golden Brown and grilled with White Onions.
          Knish (Meat, Potato, or Kasha)
          A Homemade Dough Dumpling, stuffed with a choice of Meat, Potato, or Kasha. Served with a side of Brown Gravy.

          Mish Mosh
          One Kreplach and One Matzo Ball, served in Chicken Broth with Carrots, Rice, Noodles and Chicken.
          Cup of Soup and Dinner Salad Combo

          Pastrami and Turkey Dip
          On a French Roll topped with Grilled Onions, Swiss Cheese and Au Jus on the side.

          "Chicken in the Pot"
          A huge portion of Braised Chicken, Boiled Potatoes and Braised Carrots served in a crock with Matzo Ball and Kreplach (allow 25 minutes).

          Sweet and Sour Short Ribs
          “Falling off the Bone” Served with Kasha Varnishkas and Coleslaw. (Served after 5:00 pm.)

          Corned Beef and Cabbage
          Served with a Boiled Potato (allow 25 minutes).

          Hot Corned Beef or Pastrami Plate
          Served with Potato Salad and Coleslaw.

      2. Brent's is good, but Langer's pastrami is, as they say in the Michelin guide, "worth a special journey" or three stars. Brents's would be either one star, or "very good for its category" or a "bib gourmand - good food at moderate prices.".

        If I'm visiting another city, and I always shoot for the stars.

        BTW, if you do go to Langer's, just get the pastrami on rye (and guldens spicy brown - frenchs is for amateurs) - avoid all other combinations (like #19). While they are excellent, I'd leave those for future visits. And the crinkle cut fries are tasty too.

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        1. re: manku

          Does Langer's even have French's mustard?

          1. re: JAB

            I don't know, but I've seen too many delis with it...abomination!!!

            1. re: manku

              They don't have French's brand but, they have Morehouse yellow mustard on every table right next to the Gulden's. The horror!

        2. Yes, you should give them another try. You must have been there on a bad day. I frequently eat at Brent's solo and have never had bad service. I've never had the Black Pastrami Reuben, but I often have just a regular Pastrami on Rye with steak fries. I've never had a problem with their Pastrami--it's really great.

          1. I get my pastrami fix at Langer's but when my jones is for a hot corned beef on rye, I travel out to Brent's. That sandwich
            is spectacular. Your teeth glide through the rye and the beef, (warm, full flavored delish ) just melts in your mouth. The half sour pickles are also on point.

            Their cb on rye reminds me of Corkey's & Lenny's (Cleveland , Ohio) excellent cb sandwich.

            I can also highly recommend the matzo ball soup and the split pea soup is crazy good!

            They have Fox's U-Bet for egg creams but unfortunately not once have I been delivered a properly composed egg cream at Brent's.

            Enjoy the show!