Monday, July 25, 2011

West Hollywood: Canter's Deli

Well, I can now say that I've been to the LA institution known as Canter's Deli, since it was (thanks to Jesse) the site of our third group dinner last Tuesday night.  Canter's is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, and the interior looks like it hasn't changed much since 1931.  We took up two booths, facing each other, in the back corner of the restaurant.

Being overwhelmed by the large menu, I went with the semi-familiar corned beef Reuben, which comes with potato chips by default.


Here is David's "Downtowner," with cole slaw (the latter being a little bland):


And Sophie's avocado melt, with steak fries:


Sandwiches are in the $11-13 range if I remember correctly; my guess is that there's some sort of LA institution premium.  Deli food isn't my favorite gastronomical genre, but I liked my Reuben well enough for what it is: an excuse to eat a large amount of corned beef or pastrami, on toasty bread with cheese.  At some point I do want to return to Canter's to try some of their very appealing (and, in many cases, oversized) bakery items, including the assorted rugelach.  Parking on Fairfax tends to be challenging, but fortunately Canter's has a private lot.

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