Delicatessens are known for tried and true classics – hot pastrami on rye, chicken noodle soup, and don’t forget about those deli pickles. In Los Angeles, there are five legendary delis serving loyal patrons their favorite dishes. Brent’s, Canter’s, Art’s, Factor’s and Nate ‘n Al have their own distinct family history serving different areas in L.A. There is a reason they have withstood time.
19565 Parthenia St.
Northridge, CA 91324
It’s likely that if you have ever been to a bris, shiva or a high-holiday break fast in L.A., you’ve eaten the Brent’s Deli spread. Since 1969, the family-run delicatessen has been serving Southern California (from San Diego to Santa Barbara) via delivery, catering and naturally in the restaurant. Brent’s deli case has every meat you can think of, from pastrami (lean, extra lean, black, hot), house-made brisket, corned beef, kishka, Hebrew National salami, Italian salami, cooked tongue, chicken liver, lox, fresh BBQ cod, white fish, chopped and cream herring, sardines and plenty more. Patrons can always count on Brent’s Deli for favorite plates including blintzes, Grandma Eva’s noodle kugel, knishes, stuffed cabbage, matzo ball soup and sky high pastrami sandwiches. Brent’s Deli also posts daily features on its Facebook page.
419 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Matzo ball soup and a hot pastrami sandwich on rye, with deli pickles (they are house brined) on the side, is the ultimate order at Canter’s. Since 1931, and now in its fourth generation, this restaurant offers a true taste of traditional Jewish deli foods. Located smack in the middle of L.A., Canter’s is still today’s hot spot for industry breakfast business pow wows, a mid-morning or afternoon nosh of freshly baked mandelbrot or rugulach (made right there), or late night breakfast. Postmates delivers. The East Coast Canter family took a chance on heading west and opening a deli during The Great Depression, and Angelenos are thankful they did.
Art’s Delicatessen & Restaurant
12224 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
Art’s makes a flawless deli sandwich. Whether you are craving eating corned beef, pastrami, a Rueben (an Art favorite), tuna melt, the brisket dip, or grilled knackwurst, you can count on satisfaction as your last bite. Each sandwich is crafted with chutzpah; triple decker sandwiches are a true “art” here. At any point during the year, holiday food favorites including latkes and matzo brie are made to order. Serving the Valley since 1959, Art’s Deli was the namesake of owner Art Ginsberg. Today, his son Harold runs the landmark delicatessen.
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Factor’s Famous Deli
9420 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
After 66 years, Factor’s Deli is still serving its famous matzo ball soup and corned beef on rye. This landmark restaurant made its name in 1969, when the Markowitzs took ownership. Three generations later, patrons return again and again for bagels, lox and cream cheese, chopped or creamed herring, a shmear of chopped liver, sky high pastrami, corned beef or tongue sandwiches, brisket, sweet and sour cabbage, borscht and so much more. Many locals consider Factor’s Deli as family, using them to cater some of the most important life cycle events: baby namings and britot (brises), b’nai mitzvahs, shivas and weddings.
Nate ‘n Al of Beverly Hills
414 N. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
At any point during the week, it’s always busy at Nate ‘n Al of Beverly Hills. The restaurant is filled with business associates, families, neighbors and visitors who continue the tradition of eating corned beef, stuffed cabbage, grilled beef dogs, boiled chicken in the pot and Nova salmon, which is some of the best smoked fish flown in from New York. Potato pancakes, meat or potato knish with gravy, kippers and grilled onions, lox, eggs and onions are a tribute to Jewish customary foods. Owned and operated by the late family of owner Al Mendelson, Nate ‘n Al is a business based on the friendship between Al and Nate Rimer, when they trekked from Detroit to Los Angeles together in 1945.
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