I’ll have what she’s having.
It’s hard to come by that in Los Angeles, funny enough. For being the city of stars, most of us go to bed by 10 o’clock.
We have our late night alternates: our street dogs, pop up taco stands, and trucks, but nothing curbs the Angeleno appetite for good food and good people watching then taking a seat at Canter’s Deli.
In operation since 1931, the family owned Jewish deli is beloved by the famous, the locals, and the tourists (a trifecta any restaurant strives to obtain).
The history is palpable as you walk into the door. As rich and full as the pastrami on rye. The kaleidoscope ceiling made up of autumn leaves is one of the real architectural treats of the place. A mosaic photographed by the millions, shared, and known by all who visit. Canter’s big and inviting leather booths throughout their two dining rooms seats many patrons that come and go at every hour of the day: the early birds, the lunch breaks, and the night owls. The counter deli greets as you pushed through the 86 year old doors, still honoring its roots of fresh, family produced eats.
You can argue that Los Angeles has other diners, and some of them even open 24 hours as well, but anyone from this city will tell you in a simple heartbeat that LA’s diner IS Canter’s.
Seniority takes the prize.
History. (n.d.). Retrieved January 10, 2017, from http://www.cantersdeli.com/history