From matzo ball soup and bagels and lox to delicious pastrami on rye, we’ve rounded up the best Jewish delis around LA. Get ready to put on those stretchy pants, cause it’s time to nosh!
The Best Jewish Delis in Los Angeles
Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen
Mmmm…smell that? Follow the intoxicating aroma of pastrami and corned beef straight to Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen in Culver City. Wise Sons prides itself in making nearly everything in house using the finest ingredients around. Baked goods (like their Jewish rye) are baked at their offsite bakery and delivered multiple times daily for the freshest sandwiches in town. So whether you’ve got a hankering for the OG Rueben, a double-coated bagel with a shmear or some piping hot matzo ball soup, Wise Sons should absolutely be on your list of go-tos. Good to Know: They are offering holiday catering.
What to Order for the Kids: The classic smoked salmon bagel sandwich is fantastic and kids will love the turkey club on toasted challah.
9552 Washington Blvd.
A San Fernando Valley favorite, Brent’s Deli never disappoints. This family-owned business features two locales—the original in Northridge and a newer addition in Westlake Village. Brent’s offers high-quality meals, super friendly service and is widely known for its famous mile-high Rueben sandwich. They have a fantastic kid’s menu as well. Oh and parents—the Westlake spot houses Brent’s Bar which features specialty cocktails, craft beers and mimosa flights—you’re welcome.
What to Order for the Kids: Nothing's more comforting than Brent's matzo ball soup and a black and white cookie for dessert.
19565 Parthenia St.
Since 1947, Langer’s Delicatessen has been serving generation after generation of Angelenos and has proven to be a vital part of LA’s cultural heritage. Die-hard deli fans flock here for Langer’s famous hot pastrami sandwiches which some have deemed “the best in the world.” But the other food is fabulous as well—so awesome in fact that they’ve been honored with the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award—twice!
What to Order for the Kids: The pastrami and swiss can’t be beat, especially for first-timers.
704 S Alvarado St.
This LA favorite prides itself in using old-school methods to handcraft their amazing pastrami and smoked salmon that keeps patrons coming back for more. All meats and fish are smoked in house and are hand-sliced before your eyes ensuring the utmost freshness. The lox especially rivals some of the best in NYC. With locations downtown in Grand Central Market and a shop in Santa Monica, Wexler’s should absolutely make your Sunday brunch list.
What to Order for the Kids: The O.G. with pastrami, mustard and rye is a simple yet delish intro for kids who’ve never dabbled in pastrami before. The grilled cheese with challah and cheddar is always a safe bet as well.
616 Santa Monica Blvd.
Mort and Betty’s
Mort and Betty’s maintains the culture and tradition of the incredible deli food you’ve grown up with, but they’ve gotten rid of animal products—making it one of the only vegan Jewish delis in town. Additionally, 5% of every purchase is set aside to help create a farm animal sanctuary. From dill pickle latkes and sliced mushroom brisket to carrot lox and vegan challah, you can find Mort and Betty’s at SmorgasburgLA in the Arts District downtown or you can order online and pick-up at various locations across the city.
What to Order for the Kids: The dill pickle latkes and chocolate Babka deliver major amounts of YUM!
Mort and Betty’s