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Six Things to Know About Wexler's Deli, Opening This Week in Santa Monica

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Wexler's Deli at Grand Central Market
Wexler's Deli at Grand Central Market
Elizabeth Daniels
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

The Westside is about to get a massive culinary boost this week with the arrival of Wexler’s Deli to the heart of Santa Monica. The current Grand Central Market stall from Micah Wexler and partner Michael Kassar has been working its way into a new Santa Monica Boulevard outlet since last year, with plans to bring the deli game up a level once it arrives across from the library.

Here are six things to expect from Wexler’s Deli in Santa Monica.

The place opens Friday. Yep, you read that right. As of Friday morning, Micah Wexler will be on site at the Santa Monica space, turning out more of his now-familiar pastrami, smoked fish, bagels, and more.

Expect all-day hours. Things are going to kick off with a bang, as Wexler’s plans to run breakfast through dinner daily. Hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m, which means …

There’s going to be breakfast. Not only will Wexler’s do the usual deli fare, they’ve also partnered up with Nicole Rucker to craft a daily selection of pastries like babka and black and white cookies. There will be coffee too, roasted specifically for the deli and available by the bag as well.

And an expanded menu. Beyond the favorites from Grand Central Market, there will be menu updates like pastrami lox, a ‘big salad,’ and matzoh ball soup.

Sit, stand, whatever. The new 30 seat restaurant space has a deceptive amount of room, as grab-and-go customers can use the standing room counter while others can sit (after ordering at the counter, of course) and enjoy their meal.

Keeping the art alive. Santa Monica will be a visual successor to the original location, which means mural work from Gregory Siff will be as prominently displayed as before. There will also be white subway tile and lots of glass up front to let in light.

Wexler's Deli
616 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA

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