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The 10 best Jewish delis in LA

Published On 03/11/2014 Published On 03/11/2014

Sure, a lot of people think Jewish people run Hollywood, and... they'd be totally right! But where do they eat? The 10 best Jewish delis in LA, which you can read about right here.


Nate 'n Al (click here for address and deets)
Beverly Hills
The lowdown: Generations of Angelenos have gone meshuggunah for this old-school deli, which, for 60+ years, has been run by a single family that serves knishes and kosher dogs to everyone from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Schwarzenegger to, uh, you. 
What you're gonna get: Their lox and cream cheese bagel is perfectly stacked -- just see above.
What else you're gonna get: Matzo ball soup.

Art's Deli

Art's (click here for address and deets)
Studio City
The lowdown: If you want super good Jewish food and're thinking about going to Jerry's, don't (... unless you've just finished bowling, obviously). Hit this smaller, low-key deli instead. They've been blasting Valley kids with carbs since 1957, which means they've perfected everything from noodle kugel to sky-high pastrami sandwiches.
What you're gonna get: One of those sky-high sandwiches.
What else you're gonna get: Matzo ball soup.

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Langer's (click here for address and deets)
MacArthur Park
The lowdown: Definitely the weirdest location of any of LA's best Jewish delis, Langer's has been next to MacArthur Park since 1947, and there're people who've probably been waiting in their line nearly that long, too. It snakes around the block, thanks in huge part to the #19, a pastrami and coleslaw monster that's not just one of the best sandwiches in the city -- it's been called one of the best in the country, too.
What you're gonna get: You're definitely getting the #19. There's no question.
What else you're gonna get: Matzo ball soup.


Canter's (click here for address and deets)
The lowdown: The perennial, 24-hour favorite on Fairfax has been around nearly as long as its octogenarian servers, and was once known as much for its pastrami as it was for being the hang out spot for Guns N' Roses (owner Marc Canter even wrote a book about the band's early days based on his experiences with them). Pro tip: if you're, uh, chemically addled, their crazy ceiling will either be the best thing ever, or you'll think it's gonna kill you.
What you're gonna get: Black & white cookies (which aren't even actually cookies?!?!?!?) from their extensive bakery selection.
What else you're gonna get: Chicken turkey soup Matzo ball soup.

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Billy's (click here for address and deets)
The lowdown: Since 1948, Billy's has been chucking cured-meatwitches and burgers to locals, but they're also well-known for the "wall of food" on the outside; it's a tasty lookin' modern art piece made from "ceramic, hand-sculpted blocks of cheese, bread loaves, sticks of salami, and wine casks".
What you're gonna get: The Rueben. Is it special-er than any other Rueben? No, not really. But it's at Billy's. So it's great.
What else you're gonna get: Matzo ball soup.


Brent's (click here for address and deets)
The lowdown: Owned by the same family since the '60s, Brent's recently opened a second location in Westlake Village, giving two different neighborhoods the gift of cheese blintzes and stuffed kishka -- which they deliver all over SoCal. Mazel!
What you're gonna get: Breakfast, especially bagels. And lox and onions. And potatoes. And...
What else you're gonna get: Matzo ball soup.


Factor's (click here for address and deets)
West LA
The lowdown: This massive West LA landmark's been there since 1948, and has been run by the same family since 1969. It's got an enormous menu to go with its huge space, with everything from a daily sausage (hahaha) to chicken fajitas to stir fry, along with all the usual deli offerings.
What you're gonna get: No matter what, get a side of latkes (or for the uninitiated: potato pancakes).
What else you're gonna get: Mazto ball sandwich. J/K, J/K, get the soup.

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Greenblatt's (click here for address and deets)
West Hollywood
The lowdown: Not just one of LA's oldest delis, but also one of the city's oldest restaurants, Greenblatt's has been on the Sunset Strip since the goddamn '20s. The shop's not only known for its excellent deli case, but also a huge -- and great -- wine shop.
What you're gonna get: Definitely some wine. And maybe the rare roast beef.
What else you're gonna get: Matzo... ball... soup.


Label's Table (click here for address and deets)
West LA
The lowdown: Though it's unclear what makes this deli more "Chicago-style" than "New York-style" (which they say it is), it doesn't matter, 'cause the food at Label's is totally great, no matter which ridiculously freezing city they claim to be influenced by.
What you're gonna get: If you're hard up for money, this Vienna beef dog's under $5.
What else you're gonna get: Seriously? We have to keep doing this?


Lenny's (click here for address and deets)
The lowdown: This newcomer to the deli scene opened in the former location of the beloved schmaltz-shop Junior's, and is continuing their legacy with killer sandwiches, and, of course, all-day breakfast.
What you're gonna get: No matter what, you're getting dessert -- their case has a ridiculous amount of fresh, amazing cakes.
What else you're gonna get: Dude. Matzo ball soup.

Jeff Miller is the Jewish Editor of Thrillist LA, and eats a LOT of matzo ball soup. You can hit him up on the tweets at @thrillistla and on the Instas at @jeffmillerla.

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1. Labels Table Deli 9226 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035 (Beverly Hills)

Labels Table is an old-school Jewish deli serving up seriously good desserts, sandos, and soups.

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2. Factor's Famous Deli 9420 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035 (West La)

Factor's is famous for a reason. The deli has been in the same spot since 1948 and has been owned by the Markowitz family since 1969. This longevity has allowed them to perfect the art of the sandwich, piling them high with generous amounts of meats and other tasty toppings.

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3. Nate 'n Al Delicatessen 414 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (Beverly Hills)

One of two locations, Nate n' Al's one of the best delis in the Beverly Hills area. They've been family owned and operated since 1945 and their huge delicious sandwiches prove their dedication to quality.

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4. Canter's Delicatessen 419 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (West Hollywood)

New York City has a lot of things that other cities don’t, like sidewalks perpetually lined with garbage, Michelin-rated restaurants that serve dinner at 2am, and authentic Jewish delis. Canter's Deli has been providing Angelenos with a little slice of New York hospitality since 1931. The 24-hour diner is a landmark institution that draws celebrities and plebs alike for smoked fish, chopped liver, pastrami on rye, matzo ball soup, and more. The bagels might not be as good as they are in New York, but that's not Canter's fault.

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5. Langer's Delicatessen 704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Langer's has been a go-to spot for their classic hot pastrami sammy (which has been touted as the best in the WORLD) since 1947.

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6. Brent's Deli 19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA 91324

Brent's has free WiFi! Oh, and they also have some of the best sandwiches you'll ever taste, which are absolutely loaded with delicious meats and cheeses and served fresh every day, not to mention a full breakfast menu and other non-sandwich related offerings.

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7. Art's Delicatessen & Restaurant 12224 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more delicious or old-school deli than Art's, which has been doling out mega 'wiches stuffed with various meats since 1957.

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8. Greenblatt's Delicatessen 8017 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Since opening its doors in 1926, Greenblatt’s Delicatessen has become something of an LA institution, mostly because of the homemade matzo ball soup, hot Reuben, corned beef sandwich, and Double Chocolate Fudge Cake. Greenblatt’s perfectly seasoned slices of pastrami are hot and juicy every time -- saddle it with a bottle of wine from the retail shop adjacent to the deli, and enjoy your sandwich like a true LA native.

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9. Lenny's Deli 2379 Westwood, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (Westwood)

Even though there are, like, no Jewish people from NY in LA, Lenny's Deli is still going to try and make a go of it, serving up NYC Jewish deli eats (homemade potato pancakes, brisket dips, LOX AND CREAM CHEESE!) alongside an impressive menu of made-from-scratch desserts, including Blackout Cake, which is actually chocolate cake with chocolate pudding layers/icing covered in chocolate ganache, and not just eleventy shots of Godiva liqueur.

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10. Billy's Deli - Glendale 216 N Orange St, Glendale, CA 91203 (Glendale)

This old-school Jewish hotspot is dishing out seriously traditional, classic grub.



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