You don’t have to be a maven to enjoy lox, cream cheese and bagels. However, knowing where to eat the best smoked fish is another story. Local restaurants and delis bring lox to center stage in ways the foodies and non-foodies will appreciate. Many of these establishments cure the fish on site, while others “import” from New York City. Check out these iconic places in L.A. to indulge in the salty smoked delicacy.
Spago Beverly Hills
176 Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Wolfgang Puck created the original love affair between smoked salmon and pizza. A signature dish for this award-winning Austrian chef to the Academy Awards Governor’s Ball and restauranteur, the Spago pizza is cooked inside the kitchen’s wood-burning oven. Topped with house-cured smoked salmon, the pizza is made with a dill crème fraiche, as well. Offered on Spago’s bar bites happy hour, lunch and reverse happy hour (9 p.m. to 11 p.m.) menus, the pizza is an excellent choice. Spago Beverly Hills continues to be at the top of the list for California-style cuisine.
9570 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Head up to the 5th floor dining room at Barneys New York department store in Beverly Hills for a taste of the East Coast. The breakfast menu is perfect before a day of shopping in the iconic store and chic neighborhood of Los Angeles. Barney Greengrass receives daily shipments (via air) from New York to serve its patrons the best smoked fish and bagels. Choose from a mild and silky Nova Scotia salmon, a Belly Lox cured in salt brine, baked Kipper salmon, a pastrami salmon flavored with garlic, paprika, molasses and pepper, or Gravalox, a cured dill, peppercorn and vodka smoked salmon. All fish can be prepared as an appetizer, on a bagel or cooked with scrambled eggs. Whitefish, codfish, caviar and pickled herring are also offered on the extensive fish menu.
Brent’s Delicatessen & Restaurant
19565 Parthenia St.
Northridge, CA 91324
The family-run Brent’s deli has the freshest ingredients, homemade recipes and some of the best customer service in L.A. Known for its black pastrami reuben sandwich, Brent’s also does a smoked salmon schmear and smoked fish platter for one or two, which is served all day long. The extensive fish menu includes hand-sliced atlantic lox, baked salmon, wild bbq cod, Great Lakes wild smoked whitefish, whitefish salad and the very tasty lox spread. All of the fish orders are served deli-style with bagels, cream cheese, sliced Bermuda onion, tomatoes and Greek olives. A craving for a hot dish will lead you to the restaurant’s savory lox, eggs and onions. Brent’s also delivers throughout So Cal from Santa Barbara to San Diego.
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107 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Larchmont Bungalow is a bakery, coffee/tea house and café all in one, greeting local patrons and L.A. visitors alike. Explore the restaurant’s broad menu featuring breakfast served all day long and artisan lunch and dinner entrees. The Bungalow provides lots of smoked salmon options including smoked salmon crepes, which are homemade crepes filled with smoked salmon, eggs, spinach, capers and onions and served with a triple whipped cream cheese; latkes and lox, a satisfying meal that comes with poached eggs and crème fraiche; and the most popular smoked salmon benedict, which is made with smoked salmon, Bermuda onions, poached eggs and spinach atop focaccia bread served with a homemade hollandaise sauce.
Nate ‘n Al’s
414 N. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Nate ‘n Al’s has been a Beverly Hills deli institution from the moment the family-run restaurant opened its doors in 1945. Whether it’s the bagel on a string that brings kids and families, the double baked rye bread or the melt-in-your-mouth brisket and secret-ingredient pastrami, Nate ‘n Al’s keeps its customers happy with fresh ingredients. If it is lox and cream cheese that you want, Nate ‘n Al’s has its smoked salmon flown in from New York City every day. It also serves wild smoked salmon, one of the healthier fish choices and a perfect menu option for the L.A. healthy lifestyle.
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