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A Handy Guide to Jewish Delis in Los Angeles

Why LA boasts the best Jewish delis in the country

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Jewish delis are one of the highlights of LA’s dining scene. Institutions like Canter’s, Brent’s Deli, and Langer’s deliver timeless appetizing experiences, serving everything from pastrami and corned beef to breakfast classics like cheese-stuffed blintzes. In addition to these affordable and casual stalwarts there is an emerging breed of contemporary delis offering modern riffs while still staying true to the classic flavors, too. Places like Wexler’s spin traditional Jewish cookery, while Mort & Betty’s vegan fare steps into a whole new realm. From age-old institutions to new-school innovators, here now is a handy guide to Jewish delicatessens in LA.

Added: Charlie’s Kosher Delicatessen, Grandma’s Deli Babushka, Mort & Betty’s, Mosher’s Gourmet Cornbeef, Wise Sons

Removed: Factor’s Famous Deli, Freedman’s, Greenblatt’s (CLOSED), Izzy’s Deli Restaurant (TEMPORARILY CLOSED), Labels Table Deli (CLOSED)

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Brent's Deli Northridge

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Following Langer’s, Brent’s is widely considered to be the next best place for pastrami in the greater LA area. At the very least the Valley restaurant’s grilled black forest pastrami reuben is a good place to start for delving into the city’s deli culture. The strip mall location feels plucked right out of the early 1970s, and everything from the matzo ball soup to the deli meats are top rate.

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Grandma's Deli Babushka

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With locations in Valley Village and Hollywood, Grandma’s Deli Babushka offers Russian, Ukranian, and Lithuanian specialties along with turkey sandwiches, potato salad, stuffed cabbage, and even branzino.

Art's Delicatessen & Restaurant

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Art’s Deli is an absolute Valley staple for the Jewish set, having opened way back in 1957. The Northridge earthquake almost took the place out decades later (and owner Art Ginsburg has since died) but the deli endures as a staple for blintzes, corned beef, and other classic.

Daughter’s Deli

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Daughter’s Deli hails from Jewish deli royalty. Its founder, Trisha Langer, is the daughter of Norm Langer and granddaughter of Al and Jean Langer, all of Langer’s Deli fame. While Daughter’s Deli boasts many overlapping menu items as Langer’s, the offerings have Trisha’s distinct touch. From breakfast bagel sandwiches to hot pastrami sandwiches, every dish boasts heart and pride.

Grilled reuben, also known as the “Nana,” at Daughter’s Deli
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Canter's

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Though the food at Canter’s deli isn’t quite up to par with LA’s better delis, the ambiance is hard to beat, especially in the middle of the night when the city dies down. That colorful, weird ceiling has been feeding LA night owls for generations, and Canter’s continues to be one of most fun places to hang out late on a Saturday night.

Outside Canter’s Deli on Fairfax Avenue. Courtesy Canter’s

Nate 'n Al Delicatessen

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Over the last few years, this classic Beverly Hills deli weathered a series of setbacks with potential new locations, new owners, and temporary closures. But LA loves Nate ‘n Al’s, so the longtime favorite is still cranking out corned beef and pastrami fans in the Golden Triangle. Though perhaps the meats are a step behind some of LA’s better delis, what Nate ‘n Al’s really provides is a fantastic daytime ambiance that feels plucked out of Mad Men.

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Langer's Delicatessen

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Perennially considered the best pastrami sandwich in the country, Langer’s produces some of the finest deli meats anywhere. Open since 1947, their legendary Number 19 sandwich is a crowd-pleasing favorite, with hand-sliced pastrami, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing and coleslaw served between two plush slices of rye bread. It’s a massive sandwich that can easily be shared between two people. Don’t sleep on the corned beef or any of the other classic deli plates either, because they’re all excellent.

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Charlie's Kosher Delicatessen

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This Pico-Robertson kosher deli does all the hits: chopped liver, matzo ball soup, and corned beef. Look for the sun-stained retro sign before walking into Charlie’s Deli, and trust the staff who will proudly steer you towards the hand-sliced lox.

Mort & Betty's

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Chef Megan Tucker runs Mort & Betty’s, an entirely plant-based deli from Crafted Kitchen in the Arts District. Also find her every week at Smorgasburg where she prepares carrot lox and corned beet reuben tacos.

Wise Sons Jewish Deli

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Wise Sons opened barely two weeks ago and made quite the splash in the former Amacita space. This San Francisco transplant specializes in house-smoked pastrami, brined corned beef, and bagels made on the premises. There’s even a tribute to Langer’s number 19 with smoked turkey and double-baked rye sandwich.

OG Pastrami Reuben at Wise Sons in Culver City.
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Wexler's Deli

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Some say that the housemade pastrami here rivals the stuff at Langer’s. That’s high praise for this modern interpretation of the Jewish deli, but add in the proprietary bagels, smoked fish, and everything else, and Wexler’s is certainly a contender to the throne.

Mosher's Gourmet Cornbeef

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This menu is absolutely massive at Mosher’s in Long Beach. They try to satisfy everyone with options like breakfast burritos and burgers, but their corned beef sandwich is stacked so high, there are leftovers for days. Plus, the grilled reuben on rye with swiss and sauerkraut is not to be missed.

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Brent's Deli Northridge

Following Langer’s, Brent’s is widely considered to be the next best place for pastrami in the greater LA area. At the very least the Valley restaurant’s grilled black forest pastrami reuben is a good place to start for delving into the city’s deli culture. The strip mall location feels plucked right out of the early 1970s, and everything from the matzo ball soup to the deli meats are top rate.

Brent’s Deli The Hot Dish

Grandma's Deli Babushka

With locations in Valley Village and Hollywood, Grandma’s Deli Babushka offers Russian, Ukranian, and Lithuanian specialties along with turkey sandwiches, potato salad, stuffed cabbage, and even branzino.

Art's Delicatessen & Restaurant

Art’s Deli is an absolute Valley staple for the Jewish set, having opened way back in 1957. The Northridge earthquake almost took the place out decades later (and owner Art Ginsburg has since died) but the deli endures as a staple for blintzes, corned beef, and other classic.

Daughter’s Deli

Daughter’s Deli hails from Jewish deli royalty. Its founder, Trisha Langer, is the daughter of Norm Langer and granddaughter of Al and Jean Langer, all of Langer’s Deli fame. While Daughter’s Deli boasts many overlapping menu items as Langer’s, the offerings have Trisha’s distinct touch. From breakfast bagel sandwiches to hot pastrami sandwiches, every dish boasts heart and pride.

Grilled reuben, also known as the “Nana,” at Daughter’s Deli
Daughter”s Deli
Wonho Frank Lee

Canter's

Though the food at Canter’s deli isn’t quite up to par with LA’s better delis, the ambiance is hard to beat, especially in the middle of the night when the city dies down. That colorful, weird ceiling has been feeding LA night owls for generations, and Canter’s continues to be one of most fun places to hang out late on a Saturday night.

Outside Canter’s Deli on Fairfax Avenue. Courtesy Canter’s

Nate 'n Al Delicatessen

Over the last few years, this classic Beverly Hills deli weathered a series of setbacks with potential new locations, new owners, and temporary closures. But LA loves Nate ‘n Al’s, so the longtime favorite is still cranking out corned beef and pastrami fans in the Golden Triangle. Though perhaps the meats are a step behind some of LA’s better delis, what Nate ‘n Al’s really provides is a fantastic daytime ambiance that feels plucked out of Mad Men.

Nate’n Al

Langer's Delicatessen

Perennially considered the best pastrami sandwich in the country, Langer’s produces some of the finest deli meats anywhere. Open since 1947, their legendary Number 19 sandwich is a crowd-pleasing favorite, with hand-sliced pastrami, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing and coleslaw served between two plush slices of rye bread. It’s a massive sandwich that can easily be shared between two people. Don’t sleep on the corned beef or any of the other classic deli plates either, because they’re all excellent.

Stan Lee

Charlie's Kosher Delicatessen

This Pico-Robertson kosher deli does all the hits: chopped liver, matzo ball soup, and corned beef. Look for the sun-stained retro sign before walking into Charlie’s Deli, and trust the staff who will proudly steer you towards the hand-sliced lox.

Mort & Betty's

Chef Megan Tucker runs Mort & Betty’s, an entirely plant-based deli from Crafted Kitchen in the Arts District. Also find her every week at Smorgasburg where she prepares carrot lox and corned beet reuben tacos.

Wise Sons Jewish Deli

Wise Sons opened barely two weeks ago and made quite the splash in the former Amacita space. This San Francisco transplant specializes in house-smoked pastrami, brined corned beef, and bagels made on the premises. There’s even a tribute to Langer’s number 19 with smoked turkey and double-baked rye sandwich.

OG Pastrami Reuben at Wise Sons in Culver City.
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Wexler's Deli

Some say that the housemade pastrami here rivals the stuff at Langer’s. That’s high praise for this modern interpretation of the Jewish deli, but add in the proprietary bagels, smoked fish, and everything else, and Wexler’s is certainly a contender to the throne.

Mosher's Gourmet Cornbeef

This menu is absolutely massive at Mosher’s in Long Beach. They try to satisfy everyone with options like breakfast burritos and burgers, but their corned beef sandwich is stacked so high, there are leftovers for days. Plus, the grilled reuben on rye with swiss and sauerkraut is not to be missed.

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