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Canter’s Deli Celebrates 70 Years With a 70 Cent Reuben Sandwich

Get ready for long lines at the iconic Fairfax deli

Outside Canter’s Deli on Fairfax Avenue. Courtesy Canter’s
Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Canter’s Deli turns 70 years old this year, and is celebrating by offering a bargain sandwich deal for only 70 cents on Tuesday, January 9. Those in the mood to celebrate can order a vegetarian or pastrami reuben, which comes with a homemade pickle, chips, and a chocolate chip rugula from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Canter’s has been around for more than 70 years, opening their first deli in Jersey City in 1924. Canter’s moved west in 1931, and opened their first Los Angeles location in Boyle Heights. In the following years, as Jewish families moved towards the western parts of town, so did Canter’s, by opening at its current Fairfax location in 1948. The Boyle Heights location closed in the 1970s, while the Fairfax location kept the same menu and endured as the city went through constant change.

For many years, Canter’s maintained legendary status as a hangout for late night diners. The anniversary comes at a somber time for Canter’s, as co-owner Gary Canter died from a heart attack less than two weeks ago.

While many do not sing the praises of Canter’s food, the ambiance is why the deli endures. The restaurant is bright, cheery, loud, and authentically retro. Canter’s attached bar, the Kibbitz Room has live music nightly, with a number of famous acts getting their start on the Kibbitz stage, like the Wallflowers, and Fiona Apple. Tuesday’s special comes with a few rules. The sandwich limit is one per customer, and dine-in only.

Canter’s Deli
419 N. Fairfax
Los Angeles, CA