Nate ‘n Al Delicatessen
The “Deli Wars” of Los Angeles have been legendary over the years. Junior’s, Jerry’s, Art’s, Factor’s, Brent’s, Roll ‘n Rye, The Stage, Fromin’s, Izzy’s, and numerous others that have come and gone over the years, have all vied for New York Jewish-style delicatessen glory in So Cal. While many of them are fine establishments which I frequent, the clear winer in this “Borscht Battle” is Nate ‘n Al’s located in Beverly Hills (and now with a location in Thousand Oaks).
Whether it’s the sassy veteran waitresses, Hollywood-elite people watch, or the incredibly authentic Deli food, any trip to Nate ‘n Al’s is a fun and flavorful food experience. A great selection of breakfast favorites, smoked fish varieties, sky-high sandwiches, and Eastern European favorites adorn the menu. Once your order is placed with your waitress, who likely is an original employee of the 65 year old establishment, and you’ve munched a bit on the selection of gratis pickles, take a look around you. You will likely see some Hollywood luminary, if not an outright star.
So it was that the Caveboy and I found our way to this culinary oasis as we wrapped up some year-end errands. We decided to treat ourselves to the smoked fish platter (Lox, Smoked Whitefish, and BBQ Cod), which we would split and still have enough left over for two more meals, and a couple of Dr. Brown’s Cream Sodas. Unfortunately, we didn’t see much in the way of stars, though we did see Alex Kingston of “ER” fame. I also recognized a couple of producer/director types, but it wasn’t your usual “Entourage” crowd.
Nonetheless, the smile on the Caveboy’s face is evidence of the delicious food we ate and the great time we had. Next time you are in the Beverly Hills area, head to Beverly Boulevard, just south of Santa Monica Boulevard and get a bona fide deli experience, the chance at seeing a star or two, and a delicious deli-style meal at the world famous Nate ‘n Al Delicatessen.
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