Food & Drink

Every LA Deli Worth Visiting

Published On 07/22/2015 Published On 07/22/2015
Wilder Shaw/Thrillist
Danny Jensen/Thrillist
Little Dom's
Del Rey Deli Co.
New York Famous Deli
Langer's
Nate 'n Al
The Little Jewel of New Orleans
Papa Cristo's
Olsons
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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.