Best in Show: Delicatessens

The votes for best deli categories are in, and unscientifically compiled:

Best all-around deli: Brent’s. Possible exception: their chopped liver, which CynD says is awfully sweet. Then again, deadorinjail calls it fantastic.

Best pastrami: Langer’s. Get it with the delectably creamy and tangy Russian dressing.

Worst value: Jerry’s

Very good chicken/matzo ball soup, if not the best ever: Jerry’s (the crazy mishmosh soup has rice, kasha, kreplach, veggies, matzoh balls, and noodles, and plenty of chicken)

Best rye bread: Factor’s/Langer’s/Canter’s

Best chopped liver: Greenblatt’s, Canter’s

Best pickles: Nate ‘n’ Al’s, Canter’s

Best knishes: Schwartz’s bakery: Potato and kasha knishes; also terrific poppyseed cakes.

Brent’s Delicatessen [West San Fernando Valley]
19565 Parthenia St., between Corbin and Tampa, Northridge
818-886-5679
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Langer’s Delicatessen [Midtown]
704 S. Alvarado St., at 7th St., Los Angeles
213-483-8050
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Jerry’s Famous Deli [Westwood]
10923 Weyburn Ave., at Westwood, Los Angeles
310-208-3354
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Jerry’s Famous Deli [West Hollywood]
8701 Beverly Blvd., at Sherbourne, West Hollywood
310-289-1811
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Jerry’s Famous Deli [East San Fernando Valley]
12655 Ventura Blvd., Studio City
818-980-4245
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Jerry’s Famous Deli [Beaches]
13181 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey
310-821-6626
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Jerry’s Famous Deli [West San Fernando Valley]
16650 Ventura Blvd., Encino
818-906-1800
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Jerry’s Famous Deli [West San Fernando Valley]
21857 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills
818-340-0810
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Jerry’s Famous Deli [South OC]
3210 Park Center Dr., Costa Mesa
714-662-3354
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Factor’s Famous Deli [Midtown]
9420 W. Pico Blvd., at Rexford, Los Angeles
310-278-9175
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Canter’s Fairfax Restaurant [Fairfax Village]
419 N. Fairfax Ave., at Beverly, Los Angeles
323-651-2030
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Greenblatt’s Delicatessen [West Hollywood]
8017 W. Sunset Blvd., at Laurel Canyon, West Hollywood
323-656-0606
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Nate-n-Al’s Deli & Restaurant [Beverly Hills]
414 N. Beverly Dr., at Brighton Way, Beverly Hills
310-274-0101
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Schwartz Bakery [Fairfax Village]
441 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles
323-653-1683
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Schwartz Bakery [Midtown]
8616 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles
310-854-0592
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Schwartz Bakery [Midtown]
7113 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles
323-931-3563
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