Canter’s Deli for Harold

Dinner at Canter’s Deli in Los Angeles in honor of Abe’s grandfather, Harold Greenwald.

Abe’s grandfather Harold was an amazing man; I had the privilege of meeting him before his death in 1999. July 28th, 2010 would’ve been his 100th birthday – we went to eat some Jewish deli in his honor.  I can’t believe this was my first trip to Canter’s Deli! It’s a Los Angeles institution. We settle into a booth, surrounded by folks of all types.



Sour sour pickles! I have two.


A sip of Abe’s Diet Black Cherry soda too.


Ginormous menu!


I knew exactly what I want – their famous Monte Cristo Sandwich.


Unfortunately, they won’t let me order it without meat (or on the side) so Abe can split it with me.  I know it is going to be a behemoth of a sandwich and don’t want more leftovers crowding the fridge so I kept looking…

Look! Harold’s got his own special!


Not a fan of tongue, though. I order the Hot Corned Beef Sandwich on Rye.


Abe gets the Avocado Melt – with Sauteed Mushrooms, Tomato, Swiss, and Alfalfa Sprouts, grilled on Whole Wheat.


I have a bite of his sandwich.  It is pretty good – but needs salt. I steal about 4 of his steak fries, too – it’s been a while since I’ve seen ones that thick!

I am starving!!!


The Jewish deli sandwiches in Los Angeles are much more manageable than the ones in NYC – you can actually fit your mouth around them – but there’s still A LOT of meat! I dip mine in two giant blobs of mustard.


Not the best corned beef sandwich I’ve ever had; it is pretty dry and needed more seasoning.

Obviously I didn’t hate it, though


Stuffed afterwards! No room for their tantalizing baked goods.


I got a call during dinner from my manager for a last-minute audition so I spent the rest of the night prepping for that.  So so so full. The way Harold would’ve wanted his birthday celebrated!


30 thoughts on “Canter’s Deli for Harold

  1. Becki @ HikeBikeEat

    I got a few baked goods from Canter’s a while back – brownies and a cookie. I was not impressed at all. That avocado melt looks delish!

  2. Monet

    What a wonderful way to celebrate Harold…this made me smile and think about all the special people in my life that have passed on.

  3. serena

    i’ve been a couple times before, and i always get flustered looking at that menu – not knowing where to start. I’d have the waitress give me more time….multiple times.

  4. dianacheung

    i love how you and abe both bring such a rich cultures into each other’s lives. You both are so unique but so open to each other’s pasts and history!

  5. Lindsay

    That is a big sandwich, but you’re right about the ones in NYC. I was suprised how HUGE they were when I traveled there last. Too much meat for me for sure.

  6. theexperfectionist

    Looks and sounds like a wonderful place to get a bite! Question: In March I am heading down to Disneyland with my husband’s whole family! Is there any one place in that area that you would totally recommend eating? That is, if you make it to Anaheim often. I’ve been there so many stinkin times (I’ve had to start counting on my toes), but my husband isn’t very adventerous when it comes to trying new places!

  7. Shanna, like Banana

    I’ve been there twice when I lived in LA. I had no idea it was so famous (infamous?) the first time I went, but I liked it quite a bit. I also remember getting some pastries on the way out 🙂

  8. wendy lee

    A loving and fitting tribute to Abe’s grandfather! Very sweet and thoughtful…
    There are many arguments to be made about NY deli vs. LA deli. I personally favor N.Y. even though I live in Philly which now serves NY style deli (not quite up to NY standards). More to the point, it would take me forever to digest a corned beef sandwich these days so I rarely try!
    What was Abe’s T-shirt exactly?????

  9. MarathonVal

    That’s so nice to have a memorial dinner in honor of Abe’s grandpa. What a cute place!

    And I’ve never seen “tongue” on a menu before…. yikes!!

  10. Ameena

    I’ve never been to Canter’s either which is ridiculous considering I worked a few blocks away from it for 3 years.

    I think this is a very sweet way to honor Harold!

  11. Hallie

    I’ve been to Cantor’s once but all I remember is the black-and-white cookie. I don’t remember if I actually ate the food! We went with my 5th grade class as part of a trip to the Museum of Tolerance. I remember our rabbi telling us “This is Fairfax, the Jewish street of LA”

  12. Leah @ Why Deprive?

    I think its really nice that you went out in honor of Abe’s grandfather. Thats such a good way to keep his memory alive.

  13. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats)

    I really like the idea of doing that to celebrate someone…I might have to start doing that for my grandparents.

  14. missyrayn

    That is such a fun way to remember a family member. I think I need to remember it this fall when my grandmother’s birthday comes around instead of feeling sad she isn’t here. That woman loved chinese food 🙂

    1. Lynn at The Actors Diet Post author

      Haven’t been to langers so I can’t compare. The food was pretty good but not great but it was fun and the menu is huge so I will try try again!

  15. Brittany

    what a great way to remember him : ) that is great they had a sandwich named after him! ( I not a big fan of tounge either…no thanks!) I dont live to far from LA will remember next time i am up that way!!!

  16. genevieve

    awww i love your & abe’s relationship!!! you two seem totally devoted and in love..the undying kind of love. you’re so cute too!

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