I am fortunate enough to have grown up in an area full of diversity. However, I never knew this would result in me finding a counterpart of Jewish descent. I remember when I found out this piece of information and was in awe that someone so fundamentally different from me wanted to hang out with me. Especially given that Jewish lineage is passed on through females, so a male Jew dating a non-Jew female is kind of a no-no.
But years have passed, and I've attended Rosh Hashanah dinner and celebrated "not-Christmas" with "The Ukrainian"'s family. I feel fortunate to be able to get schooled on the ways of others.
What does this have to do with Canter's Deli? Well, this place has been a Jewish hang-out (entertainers included) since the earlier parts of the 1900's.
And here's the front of it today, visible from West Hollywood:
We walked in, and I was immediately taken aback by the bakery items! I didn't even notice the person who was trying to seat us. (I later got a few rulugas for home, which were buttery and oh-so-heavenly!)
Above: The menu was lengthy! There weren't that many purely vegetarian options, but definitely not just salad.
Above: I read that these pickles are world-famous, and now I know why. They tasted unlike any pickle I've had before. Kinda... stinky?... but really good! Not sure how they did that, but this side of pickles nearly did me in before the food arrived.
Above: "The Ukrainian"'s order. Pastrami, some kind of (corned?) beef, and something else I can't even see anymore smothered under all of that. The bread (rye) was delicious! Probably a bakery item...
Above: I got these potato pancakes (latkes), which were dense. I had about 3 with the apple sauce that it came with. The other container had sour cream in it, which I avoided.
I would love to come back and try their sandwiches and salads, as well as a HUGE loaded baked potato that probably trumps the one I had in Texas.