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Micah Wexler started the eponymous Wexler's Deli to serve gourmet Jewish food in the delicatessen style. This chef emphasizes correct production methods and age-old techniques are used for smoking the meat and seafood. The meat is cured in a unique mix of spices and smoked for a very long time on apple wood to achieve the correct flavors and textures. Guests can watch as the staff slice the salmon and pastrami and serve the meat for takeaway or dining. Popular menu items include bagels served with cream cheese and smoked sturgeon, and the L.A. Bird, a roast turkey sandwich with coleslaw and mustard filling. To accompany the dishes, try beverages like Chocolate Egg Cream and the specialty pickles that are fermented using salt brine. The white, brick-walled counter is frequented by professionals who want a quick, gourmet snack for the road.
Lovingly restored to its original glory and reopened after decades of inactivity, Cole's is one of the most popular downtown food destinations. Drop by during happy hour to enjoy a signature cocktail and survey a slice of motley downtown demographics: mellow professionals draped over their after-work aperitifs, keen-eyed tourists, seasoned winos, local artists escaping their lofts for an evening break. The menu is short, perhaps the shortest in LA, but what's on it is finger-licking good. Vegetarians, beware: you would have to tough it out with a bowl of tomato soup and fries, the only non-meat choices on the menu.
Since 1918, this place has been serving some of the best French dip sandwiches in the world. That seems logical because it was Philippe, The Original who claims to have invented the juicy concoction over 100 years ago. Besides the tender and succulent meat, the prices haven't changed much since either; a roast beef, pork, turkey, ham or leg of lamb sandwich will satiate your palate and leave your pocket without a dent! Want a cup of coffee? Head here for a steaming cup that will leave you feeling energized for the day.
In this busy downtown neighborhood, people line up daily to enjoy some of the best New York style deli favorites. The decor is pure 60s retro and the eatery attracts many local judges and lawyers. Food here is non-kosher and it sells more pastrami than any other venue in L.A. Tables are scarce, so folks wait patiently for the chance to sit and enjoy the fabulous fare. Curb service is available, and popular as well. Best bets are the egg breakfasts, pastrami or corned beef sandwiches and brisket or lamb shank. A parking lot is available, which is helpful in this busy area. Beer and wine are available.
This simple sandwich joint serves up classic roast beef sandwiches, fries, chicken strips, hot dogs and frozen custard. Taking a wholesome take on these classics, everything is made with simple and preservative free ingredients like the 10 hour slow roasted beef, hand breaded chicken, and hand cut fries that are fried in 100% beef fat! Roast beef sandwiches are piled high with swiss cheese and caramelized onions, perfect for those with a big appetite. The fries can be ordered with cheese and beef drippings, making them a meal unto themselves. Last but not least, Top Round Roast Beef legendary custard can be ordered with a variety of toppings and is a great cold treat for those hot LA days.
Hunger bells pealing? Chuck those fine-dining reservations and head over to The Oinkster for a quality meal and some quality time with the family. Chef Andre Guerrero puts his culinary expertise to good use as he vigorously tosses up house-cured pastrami and slow-roasted pork sandwiches, fresh rotisserie chicken, international salads and crunchy Belgian fries. Watch your kids go ga-ga over juicy, ground-beef burgers, carrot cup cakes and brownies by the dozen. Heaps of sides come in the form of tangy sauces, spicy dips and cheese galore.
Since 1928, this L.A. standby has been offering 24-hour casual dining in the heart of the Fairfax district. You'll find the food here authentic and the people-watching amazing. Everyone from The Wallflowers to K.D. Lang and Madonna has stopped in to eat here. Favorites include the in-house pickled corned beef pastrami, the hot corned beef, the tender beef brisket and the many offerings from the in-house bakery. Next door is the Kibitz Room, where there's live music most nights. A full bar and decent wines work well with the food.
This family-owned sandwich joint is a popular spot among the locals. Hy Mart Sandwiches serves Mediterranean inspired sandwiches and wraps for all palates. These are made daily using only fresh ingredients. Vegetarians will delight in their Falafel, Bennito's Burrito, Grape Leave Madness, and Falafelonee. Meat lovers will dig their Gyro, Kobi Dan, Chicken Delight, and Gyro Gone Wild.
Attari Sandwich Shop is an affable eatery that is very popular for its Persian sandwiches. Dig into the beef tongue sandwich, stewed eggplant, kebabs and desserts, you will just want to come back for more. Freshly prepared, the crowded Attari bears testimony of its delicious fare.
This American restaurant is all about down-home, comfort food, albeit with gourmet ingredients and an upscale flare. Artfully presented and plated, juicy burgers are as appealing to the eyes as they are to the palate. Unlike any other burger or sandwich you've tried, toppings found here include ketchup leather, duck breast ham, kimchi mustard and other oddities that are absolutely delicious. Every ingredient down to the smoked salt on the fries has been carefully thought out and added to create a memorable dish. The interiors of this original location effortlessly mix industrial pieces and parts with vintage architectural office elements to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. The outside patio can be enjoyed year round thanks to the mild California weather.
Aptly named Fat Sal's, this little fast food restaurant has everything fried. Located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, this restaurant is famous across the town, for its signature Big Fat Fatty Sandwich. Loaded with cheese, chicken, fried eggs, bacon, and french fries, this mighty giant is 27 inches (68.58 centimeters) long, and has a whopping 14,281 calories. Apart from this hero, the other stand outs on their menu include, Fat Juanito, Killer Korean BBQ and Fat Cookout. To gulp down these heavy sandwiches and burgers, a good choice of sodas, lemonades and ice teas are also available.
Considered the best Italian source on the Westside, this place has long been a favorite of all Angelenos. Its homemade fresh pasta might be a good enough reason to travel to Santa Monica, but there are innumerable reasons to go to the deli itself. Featuring terrific cold cuts, extra large Italian subs, sensational cheeses, imported cooking oils and tasty olives, Bay Cities is a place any Italian connoisseur will appreciate. Don't miss the Greek and Middle Eastern specialties as well.