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Canters Deli


Basic Information

Location 34° 4′ 43.68″ N, 118° 21′ 41.76″ W
Phone number (323) 651-2030
Country United States
City Los Angeles, CA
Address 419 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility yes
Website www.cantersdeli.com/
Geographical Coordinates 34.07888,-118.36151


Canter's Deli is a famous Jewish-style delicatessen, opened in 1931, in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, California, near the border of West Hollywood. It has been frequented by many notable movie stars and celebrities.

The restaurant has continued to serve traditional Jewish food items, including: lox and bagels, corned beef, matzoh ball soup, and challah. However, it is not certified kosher, being open on Saturdays and offering many non-kosher menu items. Canter's has remained open 24 hours most days, except on the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

History and time period

The Canter family originally opened up a delicatessen in Jersey City (New Jersey) in 1924. They came west along with many Jews from the northeastern United States in the early 1940's, and opened a delicatessen in the Boyle Heights neighborhood, which at that time had a substantial Jewish population. After World War II, the Jewish population of Boyle Heights left en masse for the Fairfax District, West Hollywood, and other West Side neighborhoods (as well as the San Fernando Valley) and Canter's followed the influx of Jewish businesses west, converting a movie theater which had previously shown Yiddish-language films to a delicatessen much larger than its previous spaces.

Canter's quickly became a hangout for show business personalities, given its location and its late hours. It has remained such ever since. In the 1960's, Canter's became a late night hang out for hippies, rock musicians, and other counter-cultural types, partially for the same reasons.

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