Canter’s Deli on Fairfax Ave. has been open since 1931, becoming a L.A. landmark and celebrity/tourist attraction along the way. I’ve been going there since I was in high school, since I went to Fairfax High and lived nearby for a few years, and make the occasional visit from time to time, even today. Although it probably doesn’t have the best pastrami in town anymore (public opinion has Langer’s winning the title for the last decade or so), it’s still a great place to have a deli sandwich, especially late night (it’s open 24 hours).
Like I said before, Canter’s probably doesn’t have to best pastrami in L.A. anymore (although I reserve final judgment until I go to Langer’s – haven’t been back in about a decade), but it definitely retains the silver medal. Sorry Alex Adams, there’s no way Junior’s is better. My usual go-to item to get is the “for dedicated fressers only,” which is corned beef and pastrami piled high on rye, with sides of coleslaw and potato salad. There isn’t a more appetite-filling late night meal than this giant of a sandwich. The quality of the deli meats are a bit inconsistent at times, but it’s never a disappointment. Just a solid deli all-around. The selection for the bakery is noteworthy as well, so don’t forget to pick up something for the sweet tooth after.
Chris Hei grade: B
Canter’s Delicatessen and Restaurant
419 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Note: credit LAist for the photo.