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Canter’s Deli – Los Angeles CA Famous and Family Owned Since 1931 Los Angeles, CA

Posted on: November 30, 2012


Canter’s Deli – Los Angeles CA Famous and Family Owned Since 1931

419 North Fairfax Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90048

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Since Mod Betty is being a bit of a jealous grumpus because Retro Roadhusband is in Los Angeles CA and she isn’t, it seems only fitting for me to share Canter’s Deli today, since he and I were there together long before we ever became an item!

Canter's Deli - Our Last Visit 1999

(That’s us  back in the day- in front of that very same booth 13 years later. I’m on the left, and RRH is flanked between his bandmates. Who knew things would end up like they have? Certainly not us, sitting there getting our photo snapped. Our swell pal Anna took this photo with a Polaroid camera of all things – how retro, even back then!)

Family owned and operated, Canter’s Deli has been an LA Landmark since 1931  and is a little haven for  New York deli-style noshing in the land of bean sprouts and smoothies. And though this one shot of this one sign doesn’t give the full effect, it’s got all sorts of wonderful vintage signage, neon, distinctive lettering to make it a Retro Roadmap beacon on Fairfax.

Canter's Deli  Front Signs

But as the sign says, and the main reason I had been there so many times before is because they’re Open All Night (24/7). So if you were out in Los Angeles to check out some pop bands and wanted to go someplace to socialize after the rocking was done, here’s where you’d end up!

Or at least where I ended up, with my power-pop loving pals, chatting with bandmates over plates of eggs and late night coffee. And we’re not the only ones – Guns n Roses as well as tons of other celebrities have been spotted here.

The interior looks pretty much the same as it does in this late 1950s photograph (except it’s not black and white, har har.)

Canter's Deli Vintage Interior Shot
And in the town where “nobody walks” the fact that they have a  parking lot is a total thumbs up.

Not only can you sit at the counter, table or booth and order up breakfast anytime, or a humungous deli sandwich. There’s even the Kibbutz Room, a lounge where you can grab a cocktail and watch performances on the small stage.

And you can buy baked goods and deli meats and cheeses from the counters that flank either side of the main entrance entrance.

Canter's Deli Bakery Interior

Speaking of  baked goods, I feel I need to share this, because while it initially seems like a bad thing it illustrates a good point.

When we got to Canter’s I knew we’d be eating a lot all day, so I just opted for a croissant instead of the big breakfast RRH ordered. When I bit into it it was not the flaky pastry I had been expecting but was pretty solid and unappetizing. While disappointed, I rationalized, “I’m not in a french bakery, I am in a Jewish deli  - I should have gotten a bagel, oh well, my bad.” Mod B never wants to stir up problems, so I picked at it a bit, and had bits of Retro Roadhusband’s breakfast that he was willing to share, and that was fine, as we had another long day of Retro Roadeating ahead of us.

Upon seeing the almost complete pastry still hanging out on my plate when she returned later to refill our cups, our waitress asked me point blank if anything was wrong with the croissant. I somewhat shamefacedly admitted that it seemed either heavy or stale (like it was somehow my fault that my food was not good? I know, I know) and she said, “Well, that’s not right, you should have told me – can I get you anything else?” I declined, as I was full enough at that point, so she said she’d take it off  the bill.

As our seasoned waitress left to correct the bill she said, “Don’t be afraid to speak up if something isn’t right.”

Canter's Deli Cheque

And if that isn’t a life lesson learned at a 24 hour coffee shop where you once dined with the musician who was later to become your husband, I don’t know what is.  And that is why I continue to love Canter’s.

If you want to order food from Canter’s Online or from your smartphone, use this link: Canter’s Delicatessen & Restaurant

 

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  • http://thewackytacky.blogspot.com wacky tacky

    One of my favorite places in LA. That shot of the dining room is beautiful. PLUS, it is a great place for celebrity sightings!!! We sat next to Leonardo DiCaprio and Giselle Bundchen when they were an item. Next time you’re in town be sure to check out Langer’s too; they don’t have the same jours but they have been in business since ’47 and their pastrami is pretty magnificent! Sorry that you couldn’t join RRH this weekend but it is raining so you’re not missing too much!

    • http://retroroadmap.com Mod Betty

      Mr. T! Always a pleasure to hear from you my dear! Thanks for the Langers’ tip, I’ll put it on our list for next time – because there has to be a next time :-)

      As an aside – Retro Roadhusband sent me a photo of the rain when he safely landed. I told him it’s raining because I’M NOT THERE WITH HIM! :-)

  • http://serendipityhandmade.blogspot.com/ Collette | Serendipity Handmade & Vintage

    I was just there a few weeks ago! Love their pastrami reuben and their cabbage rolls — yum! And of course the delicious cookies….

    A little tip: send your husband to The Golden State across the street from Canter’s if he wants to have a delicious burger! And the potato salad there is to DIE for!

    • http://retroroadmap.com Mod Betty

      Collette – he’s in that area now with time to kill – I’ll text him your suggestion – thanks!!

  • http://pintuckstyle.blogspot.com/ Jen O

    Ah Canter’s, many years ago it introduced me to lox and bagels (yum). Did you get across the street to ‘Out of the Closet” too? You never know what’s going to turn up there. BTW–If you ever get a chance to wander around SoCal again, I suggest going over the hill to Glendale, Billy’s deli there should be on your ‘must eat’ list: http://www.billysdeli.com/.

    • http://retroroadmap.com Mod Betty

      Jen O – funny I was just having a craving for lox and bagels this morning! Nom indeed. Thanks for the tip on Billy’s deli – we’re always looking for an excuse to go back to Southern Cali!