Canter's Deli is a legend despite itself. Almost 75 years old, Canter's opened in 1931 in Boyle Heights, and in 1953 they moved to its current location in the heart of the Jewish immigrant district on Fairfax Boulevard (between Melrose & Farmers Market).
This venerable old kosher deli is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week - and that may be one of the keys to its popularity; their aging "waitresses from hell" certainly aren't, nor is the average decor - even their food gets mixed reviews. But people just keep coming in droves for their huge sandwiches, low prices and sometimes rude service. And over the years they've served over 20 million bagels, and have seen more than their share of celebrities. Marilyn Monroe was a customer way back when - so was Cary Grant, and even Elvis.
bar, the Kibitz Room, added a stage for live bands, and
surprisingly, it became a trendy late night hangout for the young music
& tattoo crowd, with Tuesday jam sessions attracting local musicians
such as Slash from
Guns and Roses
(who used to work at a newsstand on Fairfax a few blocks away). The
Wallflowers ("One Headlight"),
featuring Bob Dylan's son, Jakob, started out playing here at Canter's.
Acts such as Blues Traveler
have played there. Considering Canter's proximity to the trendy Melrose,
maybe it's not all that surprising...
In 1998, they shot a movie there: Touchstone's thriller, "Enemy of the State," which starred Will Smith, Gene Hackman and Jon Voight. The Deli has also been the location for various commerciials (Hallmark, Vidal Sassoon, etc.
Prices are low by Hollywood standards. Casual dress. (Note the historic murals on the south side of the restaurant.)
Farmer's Market, just head
north a few blocks, and Canter's will be on your left (west) side.
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