Saturday morning at Canters Deli on Fairfax in Los Angele was packed with breakfast eaters. And why not, the ever-popular 84-year-old Jewish restaurant is offering some of the best morning specials anyway. We’re talking full meals with choice of starches (breads and assorted bagels), potatoes or fruit, coffee and a choice of two eggs, omelets, pancakes(chocolate chip, French toast or matso brei) and more for $5 and bacon and eggs, avocado and mushroom omelet and other selections for $7, or more simple continental (Danish pastry, black and white cookies, toast, bialy or a bagel or melon with coffee or tea for $3. And after going there twice now just for the breakfast special, we can assure you it’s delicious and satisfying. And if you don’t finish it your accommodating wait person will bring you a box and bag to take it home. Of course on your way out to pay, you’ll most likely stop by the tempting deli counter to pick up cookies, pastries or luncheon fare that looks (and tastes) too good to resist.
July marks the birth month of this more than eight decades old deli which began business by selling corned beef sandwiches on rye with a pickle, taste of potato salad and chocolate chip rugula for just 80 cents. And when it turned 80 the deli reverted back to those prices for a limited time. According to Alan Canter and Terri Bloomgarden, co-owners of the famous Fairfax Avenue deli, "This was our way of saying 'thank you' to the loyal customers who have been coming for eight decades."
A legend in its own time, the popular 24-hour, 7-day-a-week eatery began as a family run delicatessen and restaurant in 1931 in Boyle Heights and moved to Fairfax in 1948. The restaurant is now run by multi-generations of the Canter family.The sprawling restaurant, awash in scents of New York deli aromas, does a boffo breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night business feeding hungry patrons large portions to keep them coming back for more. It is also a popular hangout for film and television industry folk, especially from nearby CBS, who stop by to eat between shoots.
In 2011 Canter's Deli launched Canter's Truck (www.canterstruck.com) serving the deli's famous sandwiches and baked goods all around the Los Angeles area. The truck schedule and locations can be found on Facebook or Twitter at @canterstruck.
Canters brick and mortor is located at 419 N. Fairfax, between Oakwood and Rosewood Avenues, in LA, 310-651-2030, http://www.cantersdeli.com.
In this time when prices seem to be rising on everything from gas to groceries, it’s refreshing to find a place where they’ve gone down. Not to mention easy on the budget.