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A LA CARTE : VALLEY'S TOP 10 DELIS.

Byline: Larry Lipson

Everyone has his or her deli-restaurant fave, usually one in the neighborhood.

Here are a few of those Jewish-American-style, full-service, delicatessen-restaurants in the San Fernando and neighboring valleys that are favored by big crowds and, by virtue of their all-round popularity and local culinary significance, make our Top 10 list:

Art's

Address: 12224 Ventura Blvd., Studio City.

Phone: (818) 762-1221.

Owner: Art Ginsberg.

Big sellers: Corn beef and pastrami sandwiches.

How long in biz: 42 years.

Miscellanous: Slogan here is: ``Every sandwich is a work of Art.'' Destroyed in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, rebuilt completely and reopened within nine months.

Bagel Nosh

Address: 17201 Ventura Blvd., Encino.

Phone: (818) 995-4545.

Owner/manager: Roman Lozovsky/Howard Toles.

Big sellers: Tuna salad sandwich and lox and cream cheese on a bagel.

How long in biz: 28 years.

Miscellanous: All fish brought in from the East Coast. Bagel factory on premises produces more than 5,000 bagels per day for restaurant's own use and for sale to other bagel outlets all over town.

Brent's

Address: 19565 Parthenia St., Northridge.

Phone: (818) 886-5679.

Owner: Brent Peskin.

Big sellers: Stuffed cabbage plate and black pastrami Reuben sandwich.

How long in biz: 30 years.

Miscellanous: All corned beef here is top-quality Vienna brand brought in from Chicago. Named No. 1 deli in L.A., six years in a row, according to Zagat Survey.

Country Deli

Address: 9901 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth.

Phone: (818) 709-5612.

Owner: David Lovi.

Big sellers: Reuben sandwich with pastrami or corn beef and French dip sandwich with either pastrami or brisket.

How long in biz: 12 years.

Miscellanous: Agoura's Famous Deli in Agoura Hills is under same ownership.

Danny's

Address: 23120 W. Lyons Ave., Santa Clarita.

Phone: (661) 255-1283.

Owner: Mike Lee.

Big sellers: Corn beef Reuben and hot pastrami on rye sandwiches.

How long in biz: 10 years.

Miscellanous: A local favorite and hangout where everyone seems to know everyone else's name.

Fromin's

Address: 17615 Ventura Blvd., Encino.

Phone: (818) 990-6346.

Owner: Dennis Fromin.

Big sellers: Brisket sandwich and lox on a bagel.

How long in biz: 36 years (current location 20 years).

Miscellanous: Clientele includes many family groups, up to four generations.

Jerry's Famous

Address: 12655 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. (Also operates Jerry's in Encino and Woodland Hills and Solly's in Sherman Oaks.)

Phone: (818) 980-4245.

Owner: Isaac Starkman is CEO of Jerry's Famous Deli Inc.

Big sellers: Chicken matzo ball soup and pastrami on rye sandwich with pickles.

How long in biz: 20 years.

Miscellanous: Top see-and-be-seen rendezvous for show-biz types carries an amazing 700 items on the menu.

New York

Address: 1742 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley.

Phone: (805) 583-8833.

Owner: Giulio Penate.

Big sellers: Turkey sandwich and pastrami sandwich.

How long in biz: Four years.

Miscellanous: A long way from New York, but about as good as deli gets in this area.

Oak Tree West

Address: 3955 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks .

Phone: (805) 496-4453.

Owner/manager: Edward DeNeve.

Big sellers: Chinese chicken salad and corned beef sandwich.

How long in biz: 10 years.

Miscellanous: Strong local following.

Weiler's

Address: 22323 Sherman Way, West Hills. (Also in Canoga Park, same owner; and Northridge, different owner.)

Phone: (818) 884-6699.

Owner: Frank Mesriani.

Big sellers: Cabbage soup and turkey dinner.

How long in biz: Five years.

Miscellanous: The Weiler's name has been associated with popular delicatessen-restaurants in the San Fernando Valley area since 1967.
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Date:Apr 18, 1999
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