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Every LA Deli Worth Visiting

Published On 07/22/2015 Published On 07/22/2015

Los Angeles’ deli game is super strong. Your knowledge of LA’s deli game, though? Yeah, not so much, which is why we whipped this up: a list of every LA deli worth visiting, from the obvious to the wait-what-the-hell-is-this-place.

Bay Cities

Santa Monica
What you’re getting: The Godmother
If you haven’t been told by somebody to eat the Godmother yet, you don’t have friends/ears/both. It’s repeatedly referred to as the best sandwich in the city, and for good reason. Get it spicy, with the works, and get ready to send your thank you mail to Thrillist.

Eastside Market Italian Deli

What you’re getting: Roast beef & pastrami

Label’s Table

What you’re getting: Pastrami anything
Pastrami in your sandwich, pastrami in your bagel, hell, put pastrami in your soup ‘cause Label’s Table has its pastrami figured out. The nice thin cuts go really well with, well, anything else Label’s Table serves. Be sure to bring a friend and force them to get the latkes with applesauce, and then create a fancy diversion, and eat all their food while they’re not looking.

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Mario’s Italian Deli

What you’re getting: The S.O.B.
You like spicy soppressata and oven-roasted chicken don’t ya? Sure ya do, you’re a human being with a heart and soul. Mario’s is the ultimate haven for those who don’t feel like driving all the way to Bay Cities. The soda selection is choice, and the caprese salad comes with artichokes and mushrooms. Mario’s. All. Night.

Capri Deli & Kitchen

What you’re getting: The meatball sandwich
Covina is hiding a phenomenal meatball sandwich from you, so don’t let it get away with it. Not enough meatballs in your sammy? Order some more on the side for just $1.75 each. And don’t be a dingus and forget to order a root beer float.

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Rocco’s Italian Deli

Los Feliz
What you’re getting: Il Rocco
Think you know every spot to eat on Vermont? Well you don’t, ‘cause you’re not at Rocco’s this very instant. Its masterpiece Il Rocco sports some of the best Italian cold cuts you can find as well as house-made giardiniera. This sando is, as a gentleman would say, “some good shit.”

Monte Carlo Deli & Pinocchio’s Restaurant

What you’re getting: Lasagna
This cafeteria-style Italian sanctuary has all the goodies you could ever want, for so much cheaper than you’d ever expect. Feast your eyes (and then your stomach) upon all the delicious salads and entrees. It may seem too good to be true, but Pinocchio’s is no lie (see what we did there?).

Little Dom's

The Deli at Little Dom’s

Los Feliz
What you’re getting: The muffaletta
Bet you nerds didn’t know there was a deli section of Little Dom’s did you? Well there is. Nerds. The pastries are gold, and you can even get really great Italian meats and cheeses to go. It closes at 6pm, so ya better scoot in there early.

Greenblatt’s Delicatessen & Fine Wine Shop

West Hollywood
What you’re getting: Corned beef on rye. And wine. Lots of wine.
“I’ve grown tired of laughing at The Laugh Factory! If only there was a place I could get some really great corned beef.” We assume at least one person has said this before, because nestled behind The Laugh Factory sits Greenblatt’s, the first deli to sell fine wine. And it's open ‘til 2am, so you best believe you’ll have more than one bottle.

Del Rey Deli Co.

Del Rey Deli Co.

Playa del Rey
What you’re getting: Pork Cubano
LA may have a shortage of great Cuban sandwiches, but not when you’re at Del Rey Deli Co. It rocks an excellent mix of standard deli fare, as well as specialty sandwiches like Jidori pesto chicken, salmon BLTs, and three styles of pastrami.


Beverly Grove
What you’re getting: Anything at all from the bakery
Oh, the rugelach!  Oh, the cookies!  And the danishes! Order 17 of everything they have, and eat them all at once. Canter’s is one of the oldest and most storied delis in the country, let alone LA. And make sure you check out the Kibitz Room, the room where legends like the Chili Peppers got their start.

New York Famous Deli

New York Famous Deli

Eagle Rock
What you’re getting: Pastrami Reuben
New York Jew-approved, New York Famous Deli has some of the best ‘stram you can get outside of NY itself. It serves it up with a kosher dill pickle and coleslaw or potato salad, the way the Big Apple intended. Make sure you order yourself a big bowl of the matzo ball soup to dunk your entire face in, ‘cause the matzo balls are your new reason for living.


What you’re getting: Lox & bagels
Brent’s is a staple. Lox is a staple. Bagels are a staple. Your jeans will need to be stapled after you’re done with the enormous portion sizes Brent’s is pumping out.



What you’re getting: The #19
While Bay Cities might have the best Italian sandwich in the city, Langer’s most certainly has the best pastrami in the city. The wonderful piece of human precision and ingenuity that is the #19 will rattle your bones in the best possible way -- ridiculous cuts of ‘stram, coleslaw, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing on rye. Long wait? Who cares. It’s worth it.


What you’re getting: Egg salad sandwich
Every deli’s got it, but none as good as Wexler’s. Head to Grand Central Market and grab a “Ruskie” from Wexler’s -- insanely tasty egg salad on a kaiser roll with a pickle. Egg Slut isn’t the only egg powerhouse in the market.

Nate 'n Al

Nate ’n Al Delicatessen

Beverly Hills
What you’re getting: New York sandwich
Nate ’n Al is almost 70 years old, and the quality of the food reflects it. Grab the New York (hot pastrami, coleslaw, and Russian dressing) on rye (obviously), and maybe you’ll see Larry King, since he eats there almost every day.


West LA
What you’re getting: Matzo ball soup
With a surprisingly decent South of the border menu, you’ll want to do that, but don’t be led astray -- the matzo ball soup is a grand slam, as is the homemade turkey chili. Factor’s is the perfect remedy for the Westside soul who won’t drive to Brent’s. 

The Little Jewel of New Orleans

Little Jewel of New Orleans

What you’re getting: Crawfish mac n’ cheese
“Alas, Orleans and York is probably the only New Orleans deli in Los Angeles!” Well, it’s not. And why are you speaking in Old English? Little Jewel of New Orleans is packed to the gills with NOLA goodies like house-made andouille sausage, fresh beignets, and crawfish mac ‘n cheese. Parade not included.

Mandarin Deli

What you’re getting: Beef noodle soup
Why this place is called a deli is beyond us, but it is, and the food is incredible, so just relax already. It’s one of those places with a menu the size of the Bible, and everything on it is a home run. The scallion pancakes are cash-money, but not nearly as cash-money as the homemade beef noodle soup. Thick chunks of beef, handmade noodles -- LEMME GET AN AMEN.

Papa Cristo's

Papa Cristo’s

West Adams
What you’re getting: Thursday night dinner
Ya know, “delicious” is derived from the Greek word “nostimo,” which means “Eat at Papa Cristo’s as often as you can.” Grab some slow-cooked lamb gyros or some of the delicious hummus, and definitely stay for their Big Fat Greek Family-Style Dinner -- a huge set-menu feast that includes live music, entertainment, and wine tasting (and only $24!).

Orleans and York Deli

Windsor Hills
What you’re getting: Oyster po-boy
NOLA and NY? Not a bad combo. Get your mitts on one of the golden-fried oyster po-boys (even if the month doesn’t end with "R"). Too complicated to wait in line at the deli? Text POBOY to 33733 to call in your order. Yep, that’s real.

Tarzana Armenian Deli

What you’re getting: Smoked turkey wrap
The meat. The house string cheese. The hummus. The tabouli. The spicy eggplant salsa. THE EVERYTHING.


East Hollywood
What you’re getting: Greek salad
Walked past the Wendy’s a billion times without realizing you were walking by one of the dopest Mediterranean delis in LA? You’re not alone. You can’t see it from the street, but sneak around to find your way into Bianca’s. Pro tip: the feta cheese is the stuff of dreams.


Olsons Scandinavian Delicatessen

What you’re getting: Gravlax sandwich
This place is even better than IKEA, you guys.

Art’s Delicatessen

Studio City
What you’re getting: Matzo brei
“All day” is the best time of day, especially when it’s when Art’s serves breakfast. Stuff your face with the homemade matzo brei and then buy some pens 'cause you’ll want to write the place a personalized thank you card. The entire breakfast menu is pretty killer, so make sure to come back for the lox, eggs, and onions. Mmmmmm.

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Wilder Shaw is a regular Thrillist contributor who has passionate opinions about pastrami vs. corned beef.  Get into it with him on Twitter at @WilderShaw_ and Instagram at @wildershaw.

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1. Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery 1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

Slinging sandwiches in Santa Monica since the 1920s, Bay Cities is responsible for masterpieces like The Godmother, a sub made with basically every Italian cured meat, Provolone cheese, and the works (mustard, mayo, Italian dressing, onions, pickles, tomato, and lettuce). More than just a sandwich specialist, the shop also serves prepared pastas like lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, and stuffed shells. While the counter crew assembles your order, browse through the grocery section that's stocked with imported Italian specialities.

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2. Eastside Market Italian Deli 1013 Alpine St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

A true and authentic Italian deli, Eastside is a landmark eatery for their outstanding sammies (both hot and cold), pasta dishes, and salads.

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3. 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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4. Mario's Italian Deli & Market 740 E Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205 (Glendale)

Mario's has been around since 1961, providing Glendale with delicious sandwiches, hot plates, and pizza the whole while. Though it can get a little crowded, it's always worth the wait to get your hands on one of their triple-decker Submarine Combos.

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5. Capri Deli 713 E San Bernardino Rd, Covina, CA 91723

Hidden in Covina is one of LA's best meatball sandwiches at Capri Deli. Not enough meatballs for you? Order more on the side for $1.75 each, and PLEASE don't forget to order a root beer float.

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6. Rocco's Deli 1761 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Los Feliz)

Rocco's has some of the best Italian cold cuts you'll find anywhere. If you don't believe us, get the Il Rocco which also sports their house-made giardiniera.

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7. Monte Carlo Deli & Pinochio’s Restaurant 3103 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

This cafeteria style Italian deli has tons of delicious salads and entrees for you to choose from, and they're all much cheaper than you'd expect.

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8. Deli at Little Dom's 2128 Hillhurst Ave , Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Los Feliz)

Located in cozy Italian spot Little Dom's is a separate deli section with amazing pastries and delicious Italian meats and cheeses.

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9. 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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10. Del Rey Deli Co. 8501 Pershing Dr # 3, Playa del Rey, CA 90293

This deli rocks an excellent mix of standard deli fare, as well as specialty sandwiches - and they've got a killer Pork Cubano that is a must try.

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11. 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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12. New York Famous Deli 2501 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041 (Eagle Rock)

This deli really does have some of the best pastrami outside of New York and they serve it up with a Kosher dill pickle and coleslaw or potato salad. Make sure you also get a bowl of Matzo Ball soup and it let it become your new reason for living.

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13. 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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14. 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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15. Wexler's Deli 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (Downtown)

This Grand Central Market deli features traditional Jewish deli eats like house-cured beef and pastrami on plush rye bread and house-made pickles as well as black/white cookies.

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16. 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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17. 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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18. The Little Jewel of New Orleans 207 Ord St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Downtown)

Head to this Downtown spot where you'll find straight-up recreations of New Orleans' finest food, including crawfish mac & cheese and outstanding po' boys, which are crispy and chewy at the same time.

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19. Mandarin Deli 9305 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

It's a little unclear as to why this place is called a deli, but the homemade beef noodle soup is so good we don't really care. As are the scallion pancakes. And really most things on the bible sized menu. We think that this deli is one of the best in Los Angeles, but we highly encourage you to stop by and decide for yourself.

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20. Papa Cristo's 2771 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

Papa Cristo's in West Adams is a Greek food destination. The massive blue-and-white space takes up more than half a block on West Pico Blvd, and includes a market, bakery, and sit-down restaurant that extends onto an enclosed patio. The traditional menu runs the gamut from pita pizzas and gyro platters to spanakopita and full racks of lamb, but everything you order is guaranteed to be a) good, b) cheap. The "Big Fat Greek Family-Style Dinner," a weekly five-course meal that includes a wine tasting and baklava, is a must for groups.

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21. Orleans and York Deli 4454 W Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043

New Orleans and New York combined?? You got it. Get your mitts on one of their golden fried oyster po boys.

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22. Tarzana Armenian Deli And Grocery 18598 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356 (South Bay)

Located in the San Fernando Valley, Tarzana Armenian Deli and Grocery boasts claim as the home of the original pita wrap.

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23. Bianca's Deli 1307 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Hollywood)

Bianca's is one of the best Mediterranean delis in LA and their feta cheese is the stuff of dreams. It can be easy to miss, but sneak around the back of that Wendy's you've walked by a million times and you'll find it.

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24. Olsons Scandinavian Delicatessen 5660 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

It's a Scandinavian deli and it's better than IKEA. Real talk.

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25. 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.