When recently visiting Los Angeles I returned to one of my favorite places in L.A.’s Miracle Mile district, Canter’s Deli. Canter’s is an authentic Jewish deli which never closes. Besides ordering items from the menu, there are a wonderful assortment of fresh baked goods available for sale at the deli’s bakery.
When I was a resident at UCLA I’d eat at Canter’s from time to time with my peers. The corned beef and pastrami sandwiches are wonderful, as are the pickles, pickled onions and everything I’ve ever tried here. It seems the place hasn’t changed in the 30 years since that time.
Canter’s opened in 1931, was and remains very popular, although it has changed locations more than once. It’s now run by the third and fourth generations of the family and, in many ways, seems like a place stuck in time.
Over the years it has sold: 2 Million Pounds of Lox, 10 Million Pounds of Corned Beef, 7 Million Pounds of Pastrami and 24 Million Bowls of Chicken Soup. My corned beef rueben sandwich was delicious! As you’d expect given it’s location, numerous celebrities have frequented the deli including Marilyn Monroe, Jack Benny, Elizabeth Taylor, John Travolta, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Muhammad Ali and many others.