10 Best Dishes in L.A. for Homesick New Yorkers
|Bread Loves at Storefront|
It's no secret that Los Angeles may well already have a leg up on New York's kosher deli scene. We have Canter's, Langer's, Brent's, Jerry's, Factor's and many other tried-and-true kosher specialists that deliver a fine corned beef sandwich. But curious New Yorkers interested in an updated version of the classic Jewish deli sandwich should head immediately to Storefront in Los Feliz. Not only does Storefront pay homage to the great old delis with photographs that line the walls, the age-it-ourselves guys behind Salt's Cure have created a thick-cut corned beef-and-coleslaw sandwich that is decadent, perfectly salted and wrapped in seedless rye bread. The corned beef sandwich shares the same menu as all manner of cured pork products and a very un-kosher cheeseburger that's no slouch, either. The food at Storefront is flavorful and well executed, and there's no soggy pickle spear on the side. There are no vinyl booths to fall into and you won't find a knish in the place, but this is the sort of corned beef sandwich that a city can stand behind. 4624 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles; 323-665-5670.
Ah, yes; the divisive bagel. Brooklynites would contend that if you don't have anything nice to say about their boiled city water bagels, you shouldn't say anything at all. And while there are plenty of bagel places that have traded on the Empire City's name to great success, Western Bagel in Van Nuys is a homegrown legend that might surprise some transplants. Instead of the traditional bagel baking process, where the proofed rounds of dough are baked right on the oven floor, Western Bagel pan-bakes its bagels on large cookie sheets. The result is a softer, less dense bagel that's good enough for Brent's Deli in Northridge, which means Western Bagel must be doing something right. 7814 Sepulveda Blvd., Van Nuys; 818-786-5847.
2. Hot dogs at Let's Be Frank:
Flickr/stuart_spivack Let's Be Frank Hot Dog
Let's take off the rose-colored glasses for a moment: New York might have popularized the everyday hot dog, but it hasn't been running the frankfurter game for quite a while (hats off to you, Chicago). Nostalgic eaters might think it's fine to float a Vienna Beef dog in some streetcar slurry for a few hours and call it a meal, but out here we treat our dogs with a bit more respect. At Dog Haus in Pasadena, they come lovingly wrapped in Hawaiian sweet rolls that compress into a thin sheet of sweet bun perfection after the first bite. At the Let's Be Frank cart, you can get freshly cased dogs filled with grass-fed beef and absolutely no nitrates or hormones. Both are better options to the slippery boiled dogs that populate the streets of Manhattan, and are enough to make any New Yorker stop reminiscing about their old chow days. And then, of course, there is the bacon-wrapped dog... Let's Be Frank, Helms Ave., between Venice and Washington boulevards.
18450 Clark St., Tarzana, CA