Everybody loves comfort food and the down-home fare served with old world charm at your local deli counter is guaranteed to soothe and satisfy. Let the following top 5 delis be your guide to navigating the best of L.A.’s delis. Whether you’re searching for luxe lox or a classic pastrami-on-rye, you’ll be sure to get your sandwich fix.
1 Canter's Deli
Founded in 1931, Canter's Deli has sold over 10 million matzo balls over the years. Now, that's a lot of soup. With a tome-sized menu filled with traditional deli faves such as Kasha Varnishkas, Brisket, and Chicken Kreplach, Canter's is sure to satify 24-7. After all, they never close. Rock 'n Rollers looking to rebel yell "L'Chaim" can shake their money makers at Canter's bar next door, The Kibbitz Room.
2 Junior's Deli
UCLA students have been hanging at Junior's Deli for over 50 years getting their fare share of Junior's classic deli cuisine. Those who don't live in Westwood will be happy to partake in Junior's "You Call, We Haul" delivery policy. They'll trek within a 50 mile radius to bring the goodness to you.
3 Barney Greengrass
You can't beat The Sturgeon King. Founded in New York over 100 years ago, this west coast outpost from Barney Greengrass features some of the best smoked fish in town. They should. They fly the fish in straight from the Big Apple. This is some seriously luxe lox, believe me. Tip: also order the matzo brei. You won't be disappointed.
4 Langer's Delicatessen
Langer's Delicatessen makes an over-the-top-and-no-holds-barred best pastrami sandwich maybe ever. Don't believe me? Ask the James Beard Foundation who tipped their hats to this L.A. institution in 2001. Still don't believe me? As Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer-prize winning author who told the LA Weekly that he would like Langer's to cater his funeral. True Story.
5 Nate 'n Al of Beverly Hills Delicatessen
Ok, ok, so Jonathan Gold might love Langer's, but Nora Ephron (Julie & Julia, When Harry Met Sally) told the Sunday New York Times that she would like a Nate 'n Al's hot dog for her last meal. Angelenos tend to wax poetic about Nate 'n Al's Certified Angus corn beef, but personally, I think the potato pancakes are so mouth-wateringly delicious, I've never been able to give any other option on the menu a second glance.