Be warned: This is not your bubbe’s deli. If you’re looking for a delicatessen on the Westside that’s hipper, fresher and more flavorful than Izzy’s or Fromin’s, Wexler’s is the spot for your next corned beef on rye.
Recently opened in Santa Monica — with sandwich names like the Boyle Heights and MacArthur Park, you can probably guess the original is in downtown Los Angeles, although we did get an Ocean Avenue — Wexler’s has classic sandwiches piled high with generous cuts of tender meat and a wide variety of mustard. You know it’s a good deli when you can’t pronounce the names of some of the mustards. There’s the classic deli counter, but it’s paired with walls that are packed with jars of freshly brined pickles or display cartoon salmon and the social media zinger #smokefisheveryday.
And when it comes to delicious deli spices, there are generous amounts of freshly crushed black pepper and loads of rye. Seriously, there’s rye in everything: the Reuben sandwich, the matzo ball soup, the egg salad, the drinking water…OK, not in the drinking water, but in just about everything else.
If you are looking for something slightly subtler, you can’t go wrong with a delicate lox and cream cheese on a toasted bagel. And don’t worry, some deli standbys remain the same. If your sweet tooth is tinging, you can still wash your sandwich down with a bottle of Dr. Brown’s soda or grab a black-and-white cookie for dessert.
Wexler’s is located at 616 Broadway and is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you’re willing to shell out the gelt, there are catering packages available for takeout. For more information, visit wexlersdeli.com.