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Jun 3, 2014 03:05 PM

Is there a terrific Jewish style deli in OC?

I know there are a few ok deli's in OC, but is there anything in the same league as LA's Langer's, Brent's, or Wexler's in OC? Oh how I crave a pastrami or corned beef sandwich such as you can get at Katz's in NYC, or even Langer's in LA.

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  1. Not anymore. There used to be a pretty damn good one in Laguna Hills just off of the 5 at Alicia called PJ Bernsteins of which the original location is in NYC. I miss it so.

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    1. re: JAB

      PJ. Bernstein's was one of the better ones in OC, but it wasn't in a league with LA's best. Can't understand why there isn't at least one terrific deli in OC?

      1. re: josephnl

        It sure wasn't far off and was far better than Katella.

    2. Anyone tried Arnie's in Newport Beach? I've heard good things about it but have not been.

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      1. re: Servorg

        Just ok...not great...and it's only open for lunch!

        1. re: josephnl

          Have you been to Katella Deli lately? i always liked it.

          1. re: Servorg

            I've not been for years, and as I recall, we thought it was pretty good for OC. But, I'm looking for something terrific like Langer's or Brent's. I guess it doesn't exist.

            1. re: josephnl

              yeah, it doesn't really exist, though i've never tried Katella Deli.

              Most of the pastrami out there is dirty fast-food pastrami anyhow.

              1. re: kevin

                Katella Deli: it suffices (half decent rye).

                But I'd rather have Wexler's. /bait.

                  1. re: JAB

                    /bait ?????

                    whats that mean ????????????

                    1. re: kevin

                      Wexler's bait fish on rye is better than Katella's.

                      1. re: JAB

                        You won't catch me with that one! Do you like the ones packed in oil better, or the ones packed in water?

                        1. re: Servorg

                          Damn, reeling it back in and recasting.

              2. re: josephnl

                There's a Rose
                In a fisted Glove
                And the eagle flies with the dove
                And if you can't be with the one you love
                It's alright
                Go ahead and love the one, love the one, love the one you're with
                Love the one, love the one, love the one you're with...

                1. re: Servorg

                  Thanks Servorg...I'll just have t sublimate my craving for delicious juicy and tasty pastrami until I'm away from OC.

                  1. re: Servorg

                    Wasn't that tune by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Nugent?

                    1. re: Tripeler

                      I though it was just C, S, and N ?????

                      or am i wrong on that note ??????

                      thanks for the clarification.

                      1. re: kevin

                        I never heard it as "a fisted glove"yikes

            2. re: Servorg

              Mediocre. Default is oddly thick bread. Good pickle jar on each table, though.

              1. re: New Trial

                Katella Deli is inconsistent and usually disappointing.

            3. Have you tried Benjie's? I have never been but I have always been curious.

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              1. re: A5 KOBE

                I used to go to Benjie's often when I worked in Tustin. We went back about 6 months ago and it was still probably the best in OC for my money. Katella is OK, but IMHO has morphed into an all-purpose restaurant while Benjie's is still a 'dedicated' Jewish deli.

                That said, neither of them is LA good. Why there isn't a truly good one remains a mystery and a disappointment

                1. re: A5 KOBE

                  Ive heard Benjies is terrible.

                  There's also Tommy's Pastrami but I highly doubt that's any good.

                  1. re: kevin

                    We'll, I disagree about Benjie's, although I do live in the South OC Wasteland, so what would I know? ;o)

                    The meats are pretty good at Benjie's but I do recall remarking that the rye bread was not stellar. OTOH LA is a miserable freeway drive away, so.........

                    1. re: kevin

                      Benjie's isn't terrible in my experience, but I agree with others saying it can't compete with Langer's, Brent's, et al.

                  2. If you are in Amazon Fresh's Orange County delivery area, you can order Canter's delivery through them, although I have not been to Canter's for years, so I can't vouch for their deli meats. Or just have Katz's ship to you. I have gotten to the point where I would rather pay shipping and have great stuff delivered to me at home and eat at home rather than go out for mediocre food. I can't stand the awful bagels in L.A. and am thinking of having bagels delivered from one of the artisanal bagel places in New York.

                    1. Some things at Katella are okay, but I tried the French dip brisket sandwich recently and it was awful. The meat was so fatty I gave up trying to eat it.