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! It’s a Los Angeles institution. We settled into a booth, surrounded by folks of all types.
Sour sour pickles! I had two.
A sip of Abe’s Diet Black Cherry soda too
I knew exactly what I wanted – their famous Monte Cristo
Unfortunately, they wouldn’t let me order it without meat (or on the side) so Abe could split it with me; I knew it was going to be a behemoth of a sandwich and didn’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 went with the Hot Corned Beef Sandwich on Rye
Abe ordered the Avocado Melt – with Sauteed Mushrooms, Tomato, Swiss, and Alfalfa Sprouts, grilled on Whole Wheat
I had a bite of his sandwich to see if it was “Best Vegetarian Sandwich in L.A.” worthy; pretty good – but needed salt. I stole about 4 of his steak fries, too – it’s been a while since I’ve seen ones that thick!
I was 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 dipped mine in two giant blobs of mustard.
Not the best corned beef sandwich I’ve ever had; it was pretty dry and needed more seasoning.
Obviously I didn’t hate it, though
Stuffed afterwards! No room for their tantalizing baked goods (though Dessert Darling booed their carrot cake)
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!