Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen
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This Bay Area transplant is a newcomer to the LA deli scene, opening a welcoming, light-filled outpost in Culver in 2021 to tons of fanfare, thanks to brined corned beef sandwiches and fresh house-made bagels. They just expanded their hours to include dinner service, with a selection of beer and wine available.
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The gist: After creating something of a cult following in the Bay Area, Wise Sons founder and LA native Evan Bloom returns home to open his first SoCal restaurant. Paying homage to LA’s iconic Jewish delis like Langer’s and now-shuttered Greenblatt’s, the restaurant design features a collection of framed family photos, a wall of vintage-style pennants by Scott Richards, and a captivating mural by Berkeley-based illustrator Alexandra Bowman that captures a spirited deli scene, invoking a sense of nostalgia and comfort as soon as you walk through the door.
The food: Wise Sons’ menu features deli classics with well-sourced ingredients, like an OG Reuben sandwich with hardwood-smoked pastrami that’s griddled with Russian dressing, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut on rye bread (option to sub pastrami with corned beef or smoked turkey), plus bagels, bialys, and Guittard chocolate-filled babkas that are all baked in-house. Unique to the LA menu is a Diner Tuna Melt that’s packed with wild albacore, lettuce, tomato, horseradish aioli, and griddled with American and Swiss cheeses on rye bread. Other dishes include matzo ball soup made with organic chicken broth, potato latkes, and a classic smoked salmon bagel. Bottomless coffee is available courtesy of Bay Area-based roaster, Proyecto Diaz.
The cost: Signature sandwiches $10–14; potato latkes are $4 for one, $8 for two, $11 for 3, or $13 for a latke supreme; soups, salads, and plates $9–16; toasted bagels are $2 each or $3.50–4.50 with shmear, $11 for a half-dozen, $20 for a dozen; classic smoked salmon bagel is $11 closed or $13.75 open-faced, and the veggie deluxe bagel is $8; breakfast sandwiches are $7.25–8 a la carte or $11.25–12 with hash potatoes or greens; breakfast burrito $13; challah French toast $9 for half or $13.50 for full; coffee and beverages range from $2.50–4.