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Torrance: The New York Deli

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The Skinny:  Yesterday for my older brother’s birthday, we went to The New York Deli in Torrance that has been around since 1985.  It’s pretty much the only Jewish style Deli in the South Bay that I know of and they are known for  classics like Matzo Ball Soup, Kosher style meats, Chopped Liver, and hot and cold cured cut sandwiches.  The restaurant itself has the eclectic vibe of  that “Harry Met Sally” movie and the walls are covered with black and white photos of legendary actors from the past 70 years.   Pictures of the sandwiches on the menus are reminiscent of the stuff Dagwood would make in his comic strips.  It would be my first time here.

I ordered the Hot Beef Tongue New York High Sandwich which comes stuffed with Cole Slaw, Swiss Cheese, Russian Dressing, and your choice of bread;  I got the Sourdough.  On the side, I got pickles and a choice of Salad, like Macaroni and more Cole Slaw;  I got the latter.   My brother got the New Yorker, which comes with Hot Corned Beef, Pastrami, Swiss Cheese, Cole Slaw, and Russian Dressing stacked inside 2 pieces of grilled bread.  My mom got a large Matzo Ball Soup and we all shared some French Fries and Red Wine.

The Good:  The Hot Beef Tongue in my sandwich was super beefy and tender, maybe a little bit too tender.   The Russian Dressing certainly gave the sandwich some more depth and the Cole Slaw in it helped bring all 3 components together into one delicious bit.   I also liked the Macaroni Salad and even though it took me a while, the Kosher Pickle flavors grew on me.  I did try the Matzo Ball Soup my mom ordered and I liked how it had real pieces of Roasted Chicken, freshly cooked Noodles and Vegetables.  Not exactly sure what a Matzo Ball is suppose to taste like, but it tasted fine to me. 

 The Bad:  My only complaint about my sandwich is that the Tongue was too tender, therefore it just felt too mushy in my mouth.  Other than that, everything was okay.

Would you come back again?  Yeah, sure, why not!…I would like to try their other hot sandwiches, like the Corned Beef and Pastrami.

More Info:  www.thenewyorkdeli.com | Torrance:  2424 Sepulveda Blvd | Torrance, CA 90501 | 310-891-1229 |  Pasadena:  25 North Raymond Ave | Old Town Pasadena, CA 91103 | 626-578-0010 | Not the cheapest sandwich in the world.

– MJ


Zelda’s Corner Deli

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The Skinny: Amongst all the craziness that Venice Beach brings, there lies a little corner deli…literally. Zelda’s is a small, hole-in-the-wall sandwich shop that sells amazing, cheap sandwiches.  Some people even say it’s better than Bay Cities and I can see why.  They use Boar’s Head meats and cheeses and delicious, fresh breads and range from $4-7. The sandwiches are served on either a 6” baguette or two slices of sourdough bread but they toast all their sandwiches so the cheese melts and all the flavors meld together.  They also serve breakfast sandwiches and make their own soups, cookies AND mini-donuts.  If you mention you found them on Yelp, they’ll give you a dozen for free with your order.

The High: The “Mr. Electric” sandwich is their shining star and it didn’t disappoint.  It’s composed of just a few simple ingredients (turkey, crispy prosciutto, avocado, provolone cheese, pickled jalapeno, organic baby greens and sliced tomatoes on a baguette) but all of it combined made for a great sandwich.

My co-workers got the Cuban, Ham and Brie, Ham and Swiss, and the Turkey Melt with Tomato and Crispy Prosciutto and they all enjoyed their sandwiches.

The mini-donuts are DIVINE.  They’re perfect little pillows of airy-goodness sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon.

The Low: They only have two sandwich presses so ordering more than one sandwich may take awhile.

They’re closed on Wednesdays.

Would you comeback? Hells yesss!! I can’t wait to go back and try their other creations.

More Info: www.zeldascorner.com | 9 Westminster Ave. Venice, CA 90291  | (310) 314-6458  | Mon-Tue, Thu-Sun 9:30 am – 5 pm

– Nom Nom Bobbie


Giuliano’s Delicatessen & Bakery

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The Skinny: Ever Since I was a little kid and first moved to Torrance I’ve become increasingly attached to this Amazing Italian Deli.  The delicatessen has tons of Italian meats, cheeses, pastas, sauces, etc.  And they serve some of the most legit sandwiches in Southern California.  Giuliano’s has it it all; whether you’re looking to get lunch or buy some ingredients for an amazing Italian home cooked dinner…

The High: Since 6 years old I’ve been obsessed with their Torpedo Sandwich.  It’s an amazingly perfect balance of Italian Salamis and Meats with Cheese, Lettuce, Pepperoncinis, and Fresh Baked bread…YUMMM,  The meat is cut perfect and melts in your mouth as it mixes with the cheese and Italian dressing(that you need to add) as you take each bite.  It’s comfort food…it’s gourmet comfort food I guess, because this definitely ain’t some plain ‘ol Bologna sandwich. I Feel Strongly that the key to this sandwich is in the Bread….and yes the bread is amazing and can be purchased in store and even delivered if you have a business that needs amazing breads.

The Low: The Torpedo Sandwich is amazing.  It’s the only thing I order here and I’ve tried other stuff there which is also really good, but there is nothing quite like a good torpedo.  I’d say the worst thing about this place is that it’s in Torrance and I live in LA now….and have yet to find an Italian Deli that can match the Zen like balance of this Sandwich…So I can only satisfy this craving when I visit friends and family out there.

Would I go to again? I’ve been going here since I was 6….nuff said.

More info:
Torrance
 3849 Torrance Blvd. 
Torrance, CA 90503
 | (310) 540 – 2500
Redondo Beach
 1700 N Aviation Blvd
. Redondo Beach, CA 90746 | 
(310) 376 – 0416
Gardena
 1138 W Gardena Blvd. 
Gardena, CA 90247
 | (310) 323 – 6990

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